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In 5A, 4A and 3AA, eight of the 12 semifinalists repeat trips to Rice-Eccles from last year, including three of four in 5A – Bingham, Jordan and Lone Peak – and 3AA – Desert Hills, Dixie and Juan Diego.

The semifinals are rife with schools that have captured multiple state football crowns. Six of the participants – Bingham, Dixie, East, Jordan, Juan Diego and Timpview – have claimed a combined 56 championships. That’s over 20% of all titles by about 6% of all schools. The list is led by East’s 16 and Jordan’s 12.

However, the other six semifinalists have a combined four state titles. Desert Hills (sixth season), Pine View (31st) and Woods Cross (37th) have yet to take home a championship trophy.

Jordan and Lone Peak return to Rice-Eccles for the fourth straight year while Desert Hills, East and Timpview appear in their third consecutive semifinals. Bingham, Dixie and Juan Diego advance for the second year in a row.

In addition, Timpview is back for the tenth time in 12 seasons, Bingham qualifies for the semis for the seventh time in eight seasons and Juan Diego for the fifth time in six attempts.

Every team competing this week in all six classifications has played in at least one championship game.

LOWER-SEED SUCCESS

Four of the 12 semifinalists entered the tournament as #3 seeds. That’s the highest number in a playoff not affected by teams that had to forfeit games during season. (Which was last year when East qualified as a #4 seed and Timpview as a #3.) However, this year, Lone Peak, in Region 4, and Olympus, in Region 7, were both region co-champs, but drew the third seed.

NEWCOMERS

This week’s semifinal round welcomes a quartet that hasn’t visited Rice-Eccles for at least five years: Pine View made back-to-back semifinals in 2007 and ’08, Brighton appeared in 2004 and ’05 and Olympus in 1997 and ’98. But Woods Cross returns to the semis for just the third time in school history and first since 1993.

FREQUENT FINALISTS

In Class 1A, three-time defending champ Duchesne makes the title game for the fifth consecutive season and in 3A, two-time defending 2A champion Manti competes in its third straight finals.

REGION 3 STRENGTH

Three teams from the same region haven’t qualified for the semifinals in the two largest classifications since 2005. That year, Alta, Brighton and Skyline advanced from Region 2. This season, Bingham, Brighton and Jordan from Region 3 are in the semis.

SCORING MACHINE

East averages 51.5 points per game, and since Highland slowed the Leopards to 29 points in Week 5, East has averaged over 58 ppg. At their current pace, the Leopards will be the first team to average over 50 points a game since Dixie in 1972 (52.2 ppg). East has already racked up 618 points this season, the fourth-most in Utah prep history. (Dixie holds the record, 678 points in 1972.)

PLAYOFF STREAKS

Just 13 schools teams have won at least three playoff games each year over at least three consecutive seasons. Duchesne, East and Manti attempt to join that group this year. Hurricane was the last to accomplish the feat when the Tigers won three playoff games each year for four seasons (2008-11). Skyline headlines the list as the Eagles captured at least three playoff victories a year over nine seasons (1995-2003).

The others include Timpview (2006-09 – four seasons), Alta (2006-08), Beaver (1979-81), Bingham (2008-10), Dixie (1972-74), Juan Diego (2008-10), Judge (1969-71), Kanab (1985-87), Northridge (1999-2001), North Summit (2000-02) and South Summit (1998-2000).

MILESTONES

An Olympus victory rewards the Titans with their 350th win and first title-game appearance since 1998…. Pine View’s Ray Hosner directs his 150th contest for the Panthers.

It’s a landmark season for Woods Cross as the Wildcats set school records for their most-ever victories – 11 – and longest winning streak – eight games.

FROM WEEK 12

Jordan defeated Pleasant Grove 62-42 as the two combined for 104 points. That ties for the most combined points in a non-overtime playoff game. In 2009, Jordan experienced the other side of the same score in a first-round loss to Bingham. Only one team scored more points in a losing effort in a non-overtime, postseason game when Highland slipped by Pine View 48-44 in 2010.

ANOTHER MEANINGLESS STATISTIC

Six of the top-10 winningest playoff teams see action this week: Juan Diego (.794), Timpview (.723), East (.667), Lone Peak (.639), Jordan (.639) and Judge Memorial (.627).

PLAYER STATS

This season, Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis leads the state in total offense with 4,507 yards, which ranks seventh all-time. He holds the fifth-place record, as well (4,565 yards in 2011), and sixth place, too (4,549 yards in 2012). He needs just 58 yards to surpass his personal best. Kafentzis is responsible for 48 total touchdowns this year, tied for 11th-most all-time.

But he trails Logan’s Chase Nelson in that category – at least this week. Nelson concluded his season with 50 TDs-responsible-for, the 10th-best performance so far. Nelson also finished the year tied for seventh in touchdown passes (41), in ninth place in total offense (4,283 yards) and tied for 15th in season completions (227).

Taylor Compton caught 91 of Nelson’s passes this year, the sixth-most season receptions in state history. (Compton set the record last year with 107.) Over his career, Compton finished second in receptions (207), seventh in receiving yards (2,419) and twelfth in TD receptions (28).

In semifinal action this week, Pine View’s Kody Wilstead guides the Panthers with 3,656 yards through the air this year, the sixth-most on record. He ranks seventh in season completions with 250.

On the ground, East’s Ula Tolutau bulled his way into 10th place all-time in season rushing yards (2,156) and into a tie for seventh in career 100-yard games (20).

Both Tolutau and Kafentzis have rushed for 100-plus yards 11 times this season. That’s just one 100-yard game shy of the state record set by two Park City Miners: Dylan Chynoweth (2009) and Brandon Rogers (2001).

Three players whose seasons ended last week rank high in the top-25 in several career categories.

Alta’s Chipper Lucero finished 13th in passing yards (6,321) and touchdown passes (70), 14th in completions (435) and 25th in total offense (6,253). His go-to receiver, Mack Richards, ranks 15th in touchdown receptions (25), 16th in receptions (125) and 18th in receiving yards (2,009).

Sky View’s Braxton Godderidge concluded his career placing 15th in completions (432), 16th in total offense (6,829), 16th in passing yards (6,147) and 19th in attempts (730).

CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS – FRIDAY

Bingham, Jordan and Lone Peak all repeat from last year.

Jordan has won 12 state championships, Bingham, seven, and Brighton and Lone Peak, one each.

Brighton (11-1) vs. Jordan (7-5) – 2:30 p.m.

Series history: Brighton leads 20-9.

Last meeting: Brighton slapped Jordan 34-21 during Week 9 (Oct. 18), at Brighton.

Coach vs. coach: Jordan’s Eric Kjar is 4-2 vs. Brighton’s Ryan Bullett.

Current winning streaks: Brighton 5, Jordan 3 (Jordan’s last lost was to the Bengals).

Brighton’s last semfinal: 2005, tripped Alta 31-28 before losing to Skyline in the 5A title game. The Bengals snared their only title in 1982.

Jordan’s last semifinal: 2012, defeated Lone Peak 35-14 en route to its 12th state championship.

Brighton’s playoff record (34th appearance in 45 seasons): 37-32; semifinal record: 4-9.

Ryan Bullet’s playoff record (fifth appearance in eight seasons): 2-4; first semifinal.

Jordan’s playoff record (43rd appearance in 104 seasons): 53-30; semifinal record: 12-8.

Erik Kjar’ playoff record (fifth appearance in five seasons, one championship): 10-3; semifinal record: 1-2.

Extra Point 1: Jordan appears in its fourth consecutive semifinal for the first time in school history.

Extra Point 2: Brighton last won 11 games in 2005, but with a victory can join the 1982 and 2004 Bengals in celebrating a school-record 12 wins.

Extra Point 3: Jordan’s junior QB Austin Kafentzis’ efforts over the season – and his career – have placed him among the all-time top-ranked in several categories.

His 2013 season marks include:

  • 100-yard Games – tied for second with 11 (one off the state record).
  • Consecutive 100-yard Games – tied for fifth with 10 (two off the state record).
  • Total Offense – seventh with 4,507 yards.
    • TDs-Responsible-For – tied for 11th with 48.
    • Rushing TDs – tied for 15th with 28 (needs three more to reach the top-10).
His three-year career achievements include:
  • Total Offense – first with 13,621 yards.
  • TDs-Responsible-For – first with 147.
  • Rushing TDs – first with 73.
  • 100-yard Games – first with 26.
  • Touchdowns Scored – second with 73 (four shy of the state record).
  • Passing Yards – second with 8,836 (but 2,115 off the state record).
  • Passing Completions – third with 578 (needs eight to reach second).
  • Passing Attempts – third with 1,002 (needs 18 to reach second).
  • Carries – fourth with 676.
  • Rushing Yards – sixth with 4,785.
  • Touchdown Passes – eighth with 74.
In addition, Kafentzis has rushed and passed for over 400 yards of total offense four times in 12 games this year.

Bingham (12-0) vs. Lone Peak (8-4) – 6:30 p.m.

Series history: tied 2-2.

Last meeting: Lone Peak handled the Miners 21-17 in a region clash on Sept. 27, 2012, at Lone Peak.

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Bingham’s Dave Peck and Lone Peak’s Mike Mower.

Current winning streaks: Bingham 12 (ties for second longest current streak), Lone Peak 4.

Bingham’s last semifinal: 2012, fell to Syracuse 21-16. The Miners last made the finals in 2010 when they won their seventh state title.

Lone Peak’s last semifinal: 2012, lost to Jordan 35-14. The Knights last advanced to the championship in 2011 when they won their only state title.

Bingham’s playoff record (41st appearance in 90 seasons): 46-33; semifinal record: 9-9.

Dave Peck’s playoff record (19th appearance in 20 seasons and 14th at Bingham in 14 seasons): 30-15, including 1-1 at North Sanpete (1984), 1-4 at Cypus (1995-99) and 28-10 at Bingham (2000-13, three state championships). Semifinal record: 4-4, all at Bingham.

Lone Peak’s playoff record (15th appearance in 17 seasons): 23-13; semifinal record: 3-3.

Mike Mower’s playoff record (first season): 2-0; first semifinal.

Extra Point 1: Against Utah opponents, Bingham has scored at least five touchdowns in every game and posted three shutouts along the way. The Miners haven’t given up more than 27 points in any contest.

Extra Point 2: With a victory, Bingham secures a 13-win season, which the Miners also experienced in 2009 and ’10. Bingham won a school-record 14 games in 2006.

Extra Point 3: Bingham makes its seventh semifinal appearance in eight seasons (missed in 2011). The Miners advanced to the finals four times in those eight seasons, including three straight years from 2008-10.

Extra Point 4: Lone Peak appears in the semifinal round for the fourth consecutive season.

Extra Point 5: Knight QB Baron Gajkowski comes into the game ranked 11th all-time in career total offense (7,306 yards).

CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS - THURSDAY

East and Timpview are repeaters from the past two seasons.

East claims 16 championships, Timpview, nine and Olympus, two.

East (12-0) vs. Olympus (10-1) – 2:30 p.m.

Series history: Olympus leads 27-23-2.

Last meeting: East walloped the Titans 43-3 in region contest on Sept. 17, 2010, at East.

Coach vs. coach: First meeting between East’s Brandon Matich and Olympus’ Aaron Whitehead.

Current winning streaks: East 12 (tied for second longest current streak), Olympus 7.

East’s last semifinal: 2012, lost to Timpview 32-14. The Leopards last advanced to the championship game in 2011 where they fell to Logan. East’s last title, its 16th, came in 1996.

Olympus’ last semifinal: 1998, whipped Timpview 33-20 en route to its second state title.

East’s playoff record (41st appearance in 100 seasons): 51-25-2; semifinal record: 14-6-1. (Please see Extra Point 6 below for an explanation of tie games and East’s championships.)

Brandon Matich’s playoff record (eighth appearance in nine seasons and fifth in five seasons at East): 13-7, including 4-4 at Park City (2005-09) and 9-3 at East (2010-13). Semifinal record: 1-3, including 0-2 at Park City and 1-1 at East.

Olympus’ playoff record (32nd appearance in 61 seasons): 29-29; semifinal record: 4-2.

Aaron Whitehead’s playoff record (eighth appearance in eight seasons and third in three seasons at Olympus): 8-7, including 5-5 at East (2003-07) and 3-2 at Olympus (2011-13); semifinal record: 0-2, at East.

Extra Point 1: Aaron Whitehead coached East to a 39-21 record from 2003-07. (He’s 25-8 in three seasons at Olympus.)

Extra Point 2: East last won 12 games in 2011, but a victory matches the Leopards’ school-record 13-0 season of 1996.

Extra Point 3: Olympus enjoys just its sixth double-digit win season and its best since taking state in 1998 with a 12-0 record.

Extra Point 4: East’s Ula Tolutau ranks 13th in season rushing touchdowns with 29 and needs just two more to climb into the top 10. He also has 20 career 100-yard games, which ties for seventh all-time.

Extra Point 5: Isaac Anthony has kicked 74 extra points for the Leopards this season, the fifth-most on record and seven short of the state record.

Extra Point 6: East has 16 state championships to its credit. But the Leopards have won “just” 12 championship games. An additional title came in 1917 when season records determined the state champion. Another was awarded in 1925 when East tied West in a semifinal and both were named champions. Yet another followed in 1926 when East tied Box Elder in the title contest – co-champs again. The other crown came in 1943 when East and Davis won semifinals but Davis refused to play for the state title. Again, both were declared state champions.

Timpview (11-1) vs. Woods Cross (11-1) – 6:30 p.m.

Series history: Timpview’s record vs. WX is officially 3-1, but WX is 1-4 vs. Timpview. The Thunderbirds’ 2011 playoff victory was vacated, but the game still counts as a loss for WX.

Last meeting: Timpview dropped the Wildcats 35-14 in a 4A quarterfinal on Nov. 2, 2012, at Woods Cross, ending the Wildcats’ season for the second straight year.

Coach vs. coach: Timpview’s Cary Whittingham is 1-0 vs. Woods Cross’ Justin Spencer.

Current winning streaks: Timpview 10 (tied for fifth longest current streak), WX 8.

Timpview’s last semifinal: 2012, beat East 32-14 en route to ninth state crown.

Woods Cross’ last semifinal: 1993, lost to Pleasant Grove 14-7. The Wildcats won a semifinal game just once, in 1989, when they defeated Emery before falling to Logan in the finals.

Timpview’s playoff record (33rd appearance in 37 seasons): 60-23 (but 85 total games, which includes two vacated wins in 2011); semifinal record: 10-7.

Cary Whittingham’s playoff record (second appearance in two seasons): 6-0.

Woods Cross’ playoff record (15th appearance in 37 seasons): 12-14; semifinal record: 1-1.

Justin Spencer’s playoff record (fifth appearance in five seasons and second in two seasons at WX): 4-4,including 1-3 at West (2009-11) and 3-1 at WX (2012-13). First semifinal appearance.

Extra Point 1: Timpview visits Rice-Eccles for the third straight year and for the 10th time in 12 seasons.

Extra Point 2: Timpview shoots for its sixth championship game in eight years and its seventh in 10 seasons.

Extra Point 3: Timpview has scored in 99 straight games going back to September 2006. The Thunderbirds are trying to match a school record set from 1996-2005 by scoring in 100 consecutive contests.

Extra Point 4: Woods Cross set school records for its most-ever victories, 11, and longest winning streak, eight games.

CLASS 3AA SEMIFINALS

Desert Hills, Dixie and Juan Diego repeat from the Class 3A semis last year. Three St. George-area teams advanced to the semifinals as recently as 2011.

Dixie owns seven championships and Juan Diego has five.

Juan Diego (11-0) vs. Pine View (8-2) – Thursday, 11 a.m.

Series history: Pine View leads 1-0.

Last meeting: The Panthers thrashed JD 49-13 in a 3A quarterfinal on Nov. 4, 2005, at Juan Diego.

Coach vs. coach: Pine View’s Ray Hosner is 1-0 vs. Juan Diego’s John Colosimo.

Current winning streaks: Juan Diego 11 (fourth longest current streak), Pine View 5.

Juan Diego’s last semifinal: 2012, lost to Dixie 14-13. JD last advanced to the championship game in 2010 where it won its fifth crown.

Pine View’s last semifinal: 2008, fell to Cottonwood 19-14 in Class 4A. PV last made the finals in 2007; the Panthers still seek their first state gridiron championship.

JD’s playoff record (13th appearance in 14 seasons): 27-7; semifinal record: 6-1.

John Colosimo’s playoff record (21st appearance in 25 seasons, 13th in 14 seasons at JD): 32-15, including 5-8 at Judge Memorial (1985-96) and 27-7 at Juan Diego (2000-13, five state titles). Semifinal record: 7-1, including 1-0 at JM and 6-1 at JD.

PV’s playoff record (22nd appearance in 31 seasons): 18-21; semifinal record: 4-1.

Ray Hosner’s playoff record (11th appearance in 13 seasons): 16-10; semifinal record: 3-1.

Extra Point 1: Juan Diego comes into the semifinals with a perfect record for the fifth time in its 14-year history (previously in 2003, ’04, ’08 and ’12).

Extra Point 2: The Soaring Eagle also appear in the semifinal round for the fifth time in six years as they missed in 2011.

Extra Point 3: Juan Diego attempts to advance to its fourth championship game appearance in six years.

Extra Point 4: JD has the best playoff winning percentage in the state (.794).

Extra Point 5: Since 2008, the Soaring Eagle have compiled a 72-5 record, best in the state. The losses came to Highland (Idaho) (2009), West (2010), Skyline (2011), Spanish Fork (2011 quarterfinals) and Dixie (2012 semifinals).

Extra Point 6: Pine View made the semifinals four times in five seasons between 2004-08 and advanced to the championship game in 2004, ’05 and ’07.

Extra Point 7: Panther Jack Bangerter has 80 season receptions, good for 16th place all-time.

Extra Point 8: Juan Diego kicker Andrew Montoya has booted 149 career extra points, seventh-most all-time.

Dixie (9-2) vs. Desert Hills (9-2) – Friday, 11 a.m.

Series history: Dixie leads 4-2.

Last meeting: Dixie won 27-7 during Week 7, Oct. 4, at Desert Hills.

Coach vs. coach: Dixie’s Blaine Monkres is 2-0 vs. DH’s Carl Franke.

Current winning streaks: Dixie 8, Desert Hills 4.

Dixie’s last semifinal: 2012, stunned Juan Diego 14-13 en-route to the Flyers’ seventh state championship and first since 1998.

Desert Hills’ last semifinal: 2012, fell to Spanish Fork 35-28. The Thunder advanced to its only title-game appearance in 2011 where it lost to Hurricane.

Dixie’s playoff record (40th appearance in 69 seasons): 53-32; semifinal record: 9-15.

Blaine Monkres’ playoff record (20th appearance in 24 seasons, fifth at Dixie in six seasons): 27-17, including 5-2 at Morgan (1990-03, one state title), 14-12 at Fremont (1994-2007) and 8-3 at Dixie (2008-13, one state title). Semifinal record: 3-7, including 1-2 at Morgan, 1-4 at Fremont and 1-1 at Dixie.

Desert Hills’ playoff record (sixth appearance in six seasons): 8-5; semifinal record: 1-1.

Carl Franke’s playoff record (second appearance in two years): 4-1; semifinal record: 0-1.

Extra Point 1: Dixie seeks a return trip to the championship game for the first time since the Flyers claimed consecutive titles in 1972, ’73 and ’74.

Extra Point 2: A Desert Hills’ victory sends the Thunder to the championship game and gives them their most-ever season wins – 10.

Extra Point 3: DH is making its third straight visit to the semifinals.

CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP

Judge Memorial (10-2) vs. Manti (10-2)



Saturday, 11 a.m. at Weber State

Series history: Judge leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Judge ripped the Templars 49-20 during Week 9, Oct. 16, at Judge.

Coach vs. coach: Judge’s James Cordova is 1-0 vs. Manti’s Cole Meacham.

Current winning streaks: Judge 10 (tied for fifth longest current streak), Manti 3. (The Templars’ last loss was to Judge.)

Judge Memorial Quick Facts

Judge began its football program in 1924, but took a break from 1932-34 before resuming in 1935; 87th season. Finals record: 9-5 (.643). Last Championship: 1983. Playoff record: 52-31 (.794), 41st appearance.

Championship game history:

1948, defeated Cyprus 19-0 (B)

1949, defeated Payson 20-12 (B)

1959, defeated Uintah 31-9 (B)

1963, defeated Lehi 14-6 (B)

1969, lost to Payson 14-7 (A)

1970, defeated Payson 10-6 (A)

1971, lost to Payson 14-10 (2A)

1972, defeated Davis 34-14 (3A)

1973, defeated Davis 21-7 (3A)

1975, lost to Murray 7-0 (3A)

1981, defeated Jordan 52-13 (3A)

1983, defeated Jordan 26-21 (3A)

1993, lost to Pleasant Grove 18-17 (4A)

2007, lost to Logan 28-12 (3A)

Coach: James Cordova is 69-58 (.543) in 11 seasons, since 2003.

Playoff record: 9-9, 10th appearance.

Championship game record: 0-1 (2007).

Manti Quick Facts

The Templars played for one season in 1920 (two games against Snow College), then restarted in 1969; 46th season. Finals record: 4-2. Last championship: 2012. Playoff record: 30-23 (.566), 28th appearance.

Championship game history:

1999, defeated South Summit 34-15 (2A)

2002, lost to Juan Diego 28-12 (2A)

2003, defeated Juan Diego 20-19 (2A)

2008, lost to North Summit 31-28 (2A)

2011, defeated Millard 37-9 (2A)

2012, defeated San Juan 16-13 in overtime (2A)

Coach: Cole Meacham is 110-44 (.714) in 14 seasons, since 2000.

Playoff record: 20-10, 14th appearance.

Championship game record: 3-2.

Extra Point 1: Judge appears in the state title game for the 15th time, the eighth-most in Utah prep history.

Extra Point 2: Judge last captured 10 victories in 2007, but hasn’t won more since going 12-1 in 1981.

Extra Point 3: A Manti victory rewards the Templars with their third consecutive state title and third straight 11-win season.

Extra Point 4: Manti hopes to become just the 14th school to three-peat.

CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP

Grand County (10-1) vs. South Summit (10-1)



Saturday, 4 p.m. at Weber State

Series history: South Summit leads 13-3. These two first met in 1967, then three times in the 1990s before facing off annually from 2001-2011. SS won six straight over Grand from 2007-11; the Red Devils last beat the Wildcats in 2006. This marks just their fourth postseason matchup in 17 games.

Last meeting: South Summit whitewashed the Red Devils 33-0 in a 2A first round game on Oct. 20, 2011 at South Summit.

Coach vs. coach: South Summit’s Jerry Parker is 6-2 vs. Grand’s Dennis Wells.

Current winning streaks: Grand 6, South Summit 3.

Grand Quick Facts

The Red Devils began their grid program in 1921; 93rd season. Finals record: 1-5 (.167). Only championship: 2005. Playoff record: 28-46 (.379), 48th appearance.

Championship game history:

1962, lost to American Fork 34-0 (B)

1964, lost to North Summit 39-26 (B)

1975, lost to Delta 27-15 (2A)

1984, lost to Richfield 14-13 (2A)

2005, defeated San Juan 25-22 (2A)

Coach: Dennis Wells is 62-65 (.488) in 12 seasons, since 2002.

Playoff record: 11-7 (.611), ninth appearance.

Championship game record: 1-0.

South Summit Quick Facts

The Wildcats played football from 1913-16, then dropped the sport until 1942; 76th season. Finals record: 4-7 (.364). Last championship: 1988. Playoff record: 43-32 (.573), 37th appearance.

Championship game history:

1973, lost to Beaver 30-0 (1A)

1977, defeated Beaver 16-6 (1A)

1978, defeated North Summit 14-0 (1A)

1979, lost to Beaver 24-9 (1A)

1984, defeated Kanab 13-95 (1A)

1988, defeated Kanab 35-13 (1A)

1998, lost to San Juan 36-26 (2A)

1999, lost to Manti 34-15 (2A)

2000, lost to San Juan 20-14 (2A)

2009, lost to San Juan 7-0 (2A)

2010, lost to San Juan 19-6 (2A)

Coach: Jerry Parker is 81-49 (.623), in 12 seasons –1992-94 and since 2005.

Playoff record: 12-10 (.546), 11th appearance.

Championship game record: 0-2 (in 2009 and ’10).

Extra Point 1: Grand has its most season victories since 1984; the Red Devils hope to celebrate a second state championship and match a school-record 11 wins set in 1964.

Extra Point 2: South Summit last won 10 games in 2010, but strives to garner its fifth state title and to match its school-record 11 wins set by the 1984 and ’99 Wildcats.

CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP

Duchesne (12-0) vs. Rich (9-2)



Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Weber State

Series history: Rich leads 21-16. Duchesne has taken seven straight in the series, which began in 1985 and has been contested every year since 1988. These rivals clash in the title game for the fourth time in five seasons, since 2009. The only year they didn’t decide the 1A crown – 2011 – the Eagles ousted Rich in the semifinals.

Last meeting: Duchesne nipped the Rebels 20-19 in Week 8, Oct. 11, at Duchesne.

Coach vs. coach: Duchesne’s Jerry Cowan is 5-3 vs. Rich’s Ashley Brown.

Current winning streaks: Duchesne 46 (fifth longest current streak in the nation), Rich 4.

Duchesne Quick Facts

The Eagles began their gridiron program in 1931, but after the 1932 season, took a 42-year break, resuming in 1973; 43rd season. Finals record: 4-3 (.571). Last championship: 2012. Playoff record: 28-29 (.491), 34th appearance.

Championship game history (all in Class 1A):

1995, lost to Rich 26-13

1996, lost to Rich 39-12

2006, defeated Kanab 30-0

2009, lost to Rich 25-0

2010, defeated Rich 21-14 in overtime

2011, defeated Layton Christian 35-9

2012, defeated Rich 28-0

Coach: Jerry Cowan is 64-17 (.790) in seven seasons – 2003-07 and since 2012.

Playoff record: 12-4 (.750), seventh appearance.

Championship game record: 2-0 (2006 and 2012).

Rich Quick Facts

Opened in 1985; 29th season. Finals record: 5-7 (.417). Last championship: 2009. Playoff record: 34-23 (.596), 29th appearance.

Championship game history (all in Class 1A):

1991, lost to North Summit 14-6

1992, lost to Monticello 21-13

1994, defeated Milford 12-6

1995, defeated Duchesne 26-13

1996, defeated Duchesne 39-12

2001, lost to Monticello 32-12

2002, defeated Enterprise 28-6

2004, lost to Monticello 30-15

2007, lost to Kanab 35-14

2009, defeated Duchesne 25-0

2010, lost to Duchesne 21-14 in overtime

2012, lost to Duchesne 28-0

Coach: Ashley Brown is 102-56 (.646) in 14 seasons, since 2000.

Playoff record: 20-11 (.645), 14th appearance.

Championship game record: 2-5 (won in 2002 and ’09).

Extra Point 1: These two teams fight for the sixth time to decide a championship. Only Beaver and Kanab have battled more times – seven – in a title game.

Extra Point 2: Since 2009, Duchesne and Rich have met twice each season. Since then, Duchesne is 7-2 vs. the Rebels.

Extra Point 3: Duchesne is just the sixth team to make five consecutive championship game appearances.

Extra Point 4: A Duchesne victory gives the Eagles their fifth state title and fourth in a row to join them with some elite company. Only four teams enjoy as many consecutive championships: East (five from 1919-23), Skyline (five from 1995-99), Millard (four from 1950-53) and Timpview (four from 2006-09).

Extra Point 5: The Eagles also shoot for their fourth undefeated season, joining the 2006, 2011 and 2012 teams.

Extra Point 6: Duchesne is just the 11th team to win 10 straight playoff games and with a victory, becomes the ninth to win 11 consecutive tournament contests.

Extra Point 7: Duchesne’s last loss came at the hands of South Summit on Aug. 27, 2010.

Extra Point 8: Rich happily finds itself in the finals for fourth time in five years and the fifth time in seven seasons.

Extra Point 9: Duchesne’s Braxton Spencer has kicked 147 PATs over his four-year career and ranks sixth in career extra points.

See you on the sidelines!