Utah vs. The Nation

Over the past several seasons, Week 2 has featured the highest concentration of games against out-of-state opponents, and 2014 is no exception. Ten of this season’s 26 games vs. non-Utah teams are contested this week.

Among those games, Pleasant Grove invades Torrey Pines in the San Diego area. It’s PG’s first-ever game against an out-of-state team in its 87 seasons of football.

(Although MaxPreps says Torrey Pines has one loss, that game was a non-counting scrimmage, so Friday’s contest is the season opener for the Falcons.)

Timpview also travels to San Diego to play Mission Hills on Saturday. Mission Hills has historically been one of the top powers in the San Diego Section, one the 10 geographical divisions, or “sections,” of California prep football. It’s the season opener for the Grizzlies, ranked as high as 12th in a pre-season, all-California poll.

Some teams seek out-of-state competition for geographical reasons, others to test their teams against non-Utah powers and others because they’re unable to schedule an in-state opponent. But 13 schools currently fielding teams haven’t seen the need to battle a non-Utah school.

Seven of those, Corner Canyon, Herriman, Maple Mountain, Salem Hills, Stansbury, Summit Academy and Syracuse, have been playing football for less than 10 seasons. But Murray has gone 97 years without facing an out-of-state team, South Sevier has gone 60, Bountiful, 59, Kearns, 49, Taylorsville, 34 and Timpanogos, 19.

More First-Time Matchups

In three other first-time pairings against out-of-state foes, Park City hosts Preston, Idaho, Pine View descends on Agassi Prep in Las Vegas, and San Juan entertains Piedra Vista, N.M.

In first-time meetings between in-state teams, Cottonwood is at Snow Canyon and Uintah visits Layton Christian.

More on this week’s games in a moment.

More New Programs

In addition to the two high schools in Cache County scheduled to open in 2016 and ’17, as mentioned last week, two more programs will soon join the prep football ranks.

Wayne High School has a JV team this season and will play varsity Class 1A football in 2015 – thanks to Porter Ellett for that notification.

And a new high school in Lehi is scheduled to open August 2016 (for details see http://alpineschools.org/our-schools/high-schools/) – props to Corey Freeze for that alert.

Week 2’s Most-Played Rivalries

Two of the top-10 longest running rivalries are contested this week. Delta hosts Millard in their 91st meeting, the seventh most-played rivalry. The Eagles lead the series 48-38-4 reaching back to 1926.

Also, Beaver travels to Kanab for their 86th matchup, the ninth most-played rivalry. Beaver leads this one 47-38 since 1950 and has won four straight over the Cowboys.

Three games feature teams that meet for the 55th time: Richfield at South Sevier (the Wildcats dominate 37-17 by taking six of the last seven and four in a row in a series that began in 1920), South Summit at Morgan (the Trojans lead 33-20-1 since 1942; the Wildcats broke a five-game losing streak to Morgan last year) and Tooele at Grantsville (the Buffs rule 39-12-3 since 1915).

Also, two contests pit teams battling for the 50th time: Bountiful raids Viewmont (the Braves lead 28-21) and Weber hosts Roy in the Battle for the Shield (the Royals lead 27-22).

It’s Been A While

This week, 42 of the 56 games (75 percent) are rematches of 2013 Week 2 games, but a half-dozen of the 14 “non-repeaters” pair teams that have been strangers for several years.

Bear River and Mountain Crest haven’t battled since 1996; the Bears lead the series 9-6....

American Fork and Logan meet for the first time during the regular season and first time since 2000. The Cavemen lead the series, all state playoff games, 2-1…. Grand County has played Rifle, Colo., just once, in 2002, when Rifle won 34-8…. Monument Valley last fought Many Farms, Ariz., in 2006.

Enterprise and Milford last squared off in 2008. It’s the 16th meeting; the Wolves lead the series 12-3 with Milford’s wins all coming in the late 1990s…. Riverton and West Jordan, despite their relative proximity, less than six miles apart along 2700 West, last clashed in 2010. The series is knotted at six apiece.

Other Game Notes

Canyon View visits Cedar in the 18th Battle for the Pick – Cedar has won 15 of the previous encounters…. Some observers feel that North Summit can end Duchesne’s state record 48-game winning streak, but the Eagles have won five straight over NS since 2009 and are playing at home…. Altamont and Lyman, Wyo. have tangled annually since 2009; Lyman leads the series 3-2.

Milestone Games

Park City again tries for its 400th school win while Parowan goes for its 150th…. Layton Christian plays its 100th game.

Among coaches, Bountiful’s Larry Wall aims for his 225th win, all with the Braves, while Hunter’s Scott Henderson shoots for his 50th career victory including stops at Parowan, Granite and Taylorsville…. Stansbury’s Clint Christiansen directs his 150th contest including stints at South Sevier and Provo and new dad Brody Benson, with a new baby daughter born last Saturday, guides his 100th game, all at Highland.

Consecutive Scoring Games

Last week, Provo scored in its 56th consecutive game going back to 2008, tying a school record. This week, Sky View attempts to score for the 100th straight game stretching back to 2005. The list at the end of this week’s column gives each current school’s consecutive game scoring record.

Coaching Success

Six of the 20 coaches who are in their first year at their current school prevailed in their debut contests. They include Jan Jorgensen (Carbon), Tony McGeary (Provo), Erik Thorson (Richfield), Justin Thompson (Skyline), Joe DuPaix (Timpanogos) and Scott Ditty (Viewmont). Of those six, only McGeary had previous head-coaching experience with five seasons at Lone Peak from 2008-12.

Scheduling Quirks

Most teams try to limit consecutive away games to two, or at most three. But Jordan and West start the season with four straight on the road. On the other hand, Murray has its first four on home turf.

Alta, Tooele, Uintah and Westlake play their next four games away from home, while Highland starts a four-game home stand followed by four on the road.

Beginning in Week 3, Judge Memorial enjoys four straight at home, while Rich finds itself traveling for four consecutive weeks.

Kafentzis Continues to Climb

Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis began the season holding state career records in several categories, as outlined last week. After his Week 1 performance, he’s moved into a tie for the state record in Touchdowns Scored (77) with Grantsville’s Alan Mouritsen (1996-98).

Kafentzis also claims second in six more career categories. He has 5,095 rushing yards, just 568 away from tying Granger’s Fahu Tahi (1996-98). He’s rushed 725 times and needs 57 to catch Cottonwood’s Isi Sofele (2006-08).

He’s thrown for 9,162 yards, but still needs 1,790 to overtake Mountain Crest’s Alex Kuresa (2007-10). He’s attempted 1,060 passes, 94 shy of Kuresa’s record, and completed 593 tosses, 158 short of Kuresa.

Kafentzis has scored 452 points, only 18 behind Mouritsen.

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Consecutive Scoring Games

(bold = current streak)

Alta – 136; 2002-present

Altamont – 49; 1992-1996

American Fork – 72; 1976-1983

American Leadership – 16; 2008-2009

Bear River – 110; 1997-2007

Beaver – 54; 1998-2003

Ben Lomond – 33; 1953-1956

Bingham – 119; 2004-present

Bonneville – 123; 1993-2004

Bountiful – 68; 2000-2006

Box Elder – 96; 1999-2008

Brighton – 123; 1987-1998

Canyon View – 25; 1997-1999

Carbon – 34; 1987-1991

Cedar – 109; 1996-2005

Clearfield – 55; 1993-1999

Copper Hills – 30; 2001-2004

Corner Canyon – 13; 2013-present (never shut out)

Cottonwood – 91; 2003-2011

Cyprus – 64; 1976-1982

Davis – 115; 1978-1988

Delta – 93; 1993-2002

Desert Hills – 28; 2009-2011

Diamond Ranch – 24; 2011-2013

Dixie – 63; 1994-1999

Duchesne – 50; 2009-present

East – 57; 1951-1957

Emery – 52; 1988-1992

Enterprise – 38; 2002-2005

Fremont – 56; 1998-2003

Grand – 61; 1971-1976

Granger – 77; 1992-1999

Grantsville – 117; 1991-2001

Gunnison – 28; 1999-2002

Herriman – 37; 2010-present

Highland – 117; 2002-2011

Hillcrest – 67; 1996-2003

Hunter – 93; 1990-1999

Hurricane – 65; 2007-2012

Jordan – 112; 2004-present

Juab – 51; 1994-1998

Juan Diego – 110; 2005-present

Judge Memorial – 44; 1967-1971

Kanab – 73; 1980-1986

Kearns – 34; 1971-1974

Layton – 33; 2006-2008

Layton Christian – 32; 2008-2012

Lehi – 124; 1994-2005

Logan – 92; 2006-present

Lone Peak – 87; 2007-present

Maple Mountain – 33; 2010-present

Manti – 72; 2000-2007

Milford – 41; 1998-1992

Millard – 102; 1974-1984

Monticello – 70; 1999-2005

Monument Valley – 44; 2003-2009

Morgan – 79; 2002-2009

Mountain Crest – 93; 1999-2007

Mountain View – 79; 1994-2002

Murray – 34; 2003-2007

North Sanpete – 81; 2000-2008

North Sevier – 26; 2007-2009

North Summit – 62; 1988-1993

Northridge – 101; 2000-2009

Ogden – 42; 1979-1983

Olympus – 80; 1991-1999

Orem – 64; 1982-1988

Park City – 76; 1998-2005

Parowan – 30; 1987-1990

Payson – 25; 1948-1951

Pine View – 77; 2002-2009

Pleasant Grove – 60; 1980-1985

Provo – 56; 2008-present

Rich – 70; 1998-2005

Richfield – 39; 1985-1988

Riverton – 53; 2000-2005

Roy – 77; 1985-1992

Salem Hills – 23; 2008-2010

San Juan – 160; 1999-2012

Sky View – 99; 2005-present

Skyline – 262; 1986-2007

Snow Canyon – 82; 2004-2012

South Sevier – 35; 2007-2010

South Summit – 32; 1976-1979

Spanish Fork – 103; 2005-present

Springville – 81; 1993-2002

Stansbury – 35; 2009-2012

Summit Academy – 15; 2012-present

Syracuse – 42; 2010-present

Taylorsville – 26; 1996-1998

Timpanogos – 68; 2006-2013

Timpview – 102; 2006-present

Tooele – 34; 2007-2011

Uintah – 66; 1995-2002

Union – 63; 1996-2002

Viewmont – 71; 1999-2006

Wasatch – 54; 2008-2013

Weber – 31; 1973-1976

West – 67; 1989-1995

West Jordan – 41; 1998-2001

Westlake – 32; 2009-2012

Whitehorse – 48; 1991-1996

Woods Cross – 63; 1987-1993