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Felt's facts: A look at fast starts and first-year coaches

By George Felt, For the Deseret News

Published: Thu, Sept. 4 4:50 p.m. MDT

 Duchesne's Dylan Despain runs as Duchesne High School defeats Layton Christian Academy 20-10 in football  to maintain the longest winning streak in High School football at 48 straight games and the fourth longest winning streak in the nation Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Layton.

Duchesne's Dylan Despain runs as Duchesne High School defeats Layton Christian Academy 20-10 in football to maintain the longest winning streak in High School football at 48 straight games and the fourth longest winning streak in the nation Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Layton.

(Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Entering the third week of the season, 32 teams remain undefeated. Six contests pit unbeaten Utah prep squads, all with 2-0 records: Westlake at Corner Canyon; Salem Hills at Juab; Beaver at Parowan; Jordan at Pleasant Grove; Cedar at Skyline; and Uintah at Union.

In games involving unbeaten Utah team against out-of-state foes, Bingham (2-0) travels to Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman (2-0), the top-ranked team by USA Today, while Desert Hills (2-0) hosts Legacy (North Las Vegas) in the Longhorns’ season opener.

Five more games match 10 of the remaining 31 winless squads: Box Elder at Bear River; Delta at Emery; North Sanpete at Maple Mountain; Altamont at Milford; and Diamond Ranch at Whitehorse.

Fast starts

Parowan began the 2013 and 2010 seasons at 2-0, but with a home win over Beaver, will be 3-0 for the first time since 2001 ... Provo started 2011 with a 2-0 record, but will see 3-0 for the first time since 1991 by defeating Mountain View.

Enterprise pitched consecutive shutouts for the first time since 2010. The only other time the Wolves opened the season with back-to-back whitewashes came in 2003 when Enterprise advanced to the Class 1A finals.

With a victory at Millard, the Wolves will match their best-ever 3-0 start set in 2012.

A list at the end of this week’s column gives the best-ever start for each school currently playing football.

First-year Coaches

Just three first-year coaches remain undefeated after two weeks: Jan Jorgensen at Carbon; Justin Thompson at Skyline; and Erik Thorson at Richfield. Tony McGeary, also 2-0, is new at Provo, but coached five seasons at Lone Peak from 2008-12.

Utah vs. The Nation

So far, Utah teams have compiled a respectable 9-6 record against out-of-state opponents, including Timpview’s impressive 42-28 victory over San Diego-area power Mission Hills. Utah vs. The Nation continues with six more games this week, highlighted by the aforementioned Bingham at Bishop Gorman match and East at 2-0 Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colorado).

After losing at home to Bingham last year, VC captured 12 straight and successfully defended its Colorado 5A (largest class) state crown.

MaxPreps ranks Valor Christian No. 1 in Colorado and 24th in the nation and places East 558th nationally this week.

Streaks

After Duchesne’s 48-game winning streak was snapped by North Summit, the Eagles aim to regroup against much-improved Carbon. Perhaps Duchesne can take some solace in knowing it wasn't alone last week. Regina (Iowa), which shared the nation’s longest winning streak at 56 games, lost as well.

Bingham now has the longest current streak in Utah at 16 games, followed by Timpview, 14, and Desert Hills, eight. The 29 teams with 2-0 records follow them.

Meanwhile, Ben Lomond has dropped 22 consecutive contests, while Payson has lost 11 straight and Altamont has dropped nine in a row.

Rivalry games

Box Elder visits Bear River in the state’s longest-running uninterrupted rivalry, which began in 1923. The rivalry is tied for the third most-played series overall. Going into the 94th meeting, Box Elder owns a 66-25-2 advantage. Since 1959, the winner has carried home the Golden Spike.

Spanish Fork has a narrow 46-43-4 lead over Payson as these teams also tangle for the 94th time. This series started in 1917, so it’s older than Bear River-Box Elder, but has been interrupted. The Dons have won seven straight over the Lions.

The only time in their 73-game series that Uintah and Union clashed as undefeated, untied teams, other than in a season-opener, came in 1954. Union entered with a 3-0 record and Uintah was 2-0. They met as undefeated squads in 1965 when Uintah was 3-0 and Union sported a 3-0-2 record. Of course, in past years they typically met later in the season as regional, if not region, rivals. Union enjoys a slim 37-35-1 series margin.

Beaver dominates its 67-game series with Parowan 61-5-1 as the Beavers swept the Rams in two meetings last year.

In other long-running series being played this week, Orem leads American Fork 32-22-2 (57th meeting); Bonneville tops Weber 37-16 (54th battle); Park City is ahead of Judge 25-20-3 (49th clash); and Layton leads Clearfield 23-22 (46th meeting).

First-time matchups

Six games features teams meeting for the first time: Cyprus at Copper Hills; Hunter at Herriman; and Northridge at Highland, and in contests involving out-of-state schools, Bingham at Bishop Gorman; Legacy at Desert Hills; and East at Valor Christian.

Other Historical game notes

Mountain View dominates its series with Provo 20-6 and has won 13 of the last 15, but Provo slipped by the Bruins 26-23 last year. Since 2000, Mountain View has posted a 52-95 record with a single winning season in 2007. Provo is 52-97 over the same period with winning campaigns in 2005, ’06 and ’09. Coaches who have won state championships have assumed the helm at these downtrodden programs. Provo’s Tony McGeary directed Lone Peak to the 2011 Class 5A crown and compiled a 51-12 record there from 2008-12. Mountain View’s Louis Wong took Timpview to four straight Class 4A titles from 2006 through 2009 with a 67-18 mark. McGeary and Wong rank first and fourth, respectively, among winningest active coaches (in percentage terms, five years min.).

Bountiful and Logan first met in 1958 and they’ve skirmished annually since 2009. The Grizzlies have captured the last five, including twice in 2013, to close the Braves’ series lead to 8-7…. Roy’s snared two straight over Fremont, but still trail 11-3 in the series…. Juan Diego and Snow Canyon met in the 2013 Class 3AA quarterfinals at JD; the Soaring Eagle prevailed, 42-28.

Milestone games

American Fork seeks its 450th win, while Northridge goes for its 150th ... Spanish Fork takes the field for the 800th time, becoming the 23rd school to reach that mark.

Among coaches, Hunter’s Scott Henderson shoots for his 50th career victory including stops at Parowan, Granite and Taylorsville, while Beaver’s Steve Hutchings aims for his 50th win, all with the Beavers.

Stellar performances

Sky View’s Alex McCray caught 19 passes in the Bobcats’ 50-36 win at Maple Mountain. That’s just one reception short of the state record set by Jordan’s Braden Hammond in 2009.

Pine View’s Kody Wilstead has climbed into 10th place in career passing yards (6,889) supplanting James Lark (2004-05), who also held Pine View’s school record. Wilstead is also 10th (and the school-record holder) in career completions (469).

Jordan Austin Kafentzis scored 18 points against East and attained his seventh state record – this one in career points scored (480).

From last week

Summit Academy won its first-ever overtime game while Rich fell to 0-5 in all-time OT contests. Three of those losses came to rival Duchesne ... Dixie defeated Lehi, 49-48, in the seventh-highest overtime game in terms of points scored ... Tooele notched its first shutout since 2006. Only Lehi (2004) and Murray (2005) have gone longer … Box Elder suffered its first shutout since 2009, a span of 54 games.

Best starts (most wins to start a season)

(* = undefeated season; bold = current streak)

Alta – 11; 2003

Altamont – 4; 1976

American Fork – 11; 1961*

American Leadership – 2; 2013

Bear River – 13; 2004*

Beaver – 13; 1973*

Ben Lomond – 6; 1965, 1967

Bingham – 14; 2006*, 2013*

Bonneville – 12; 1986

Bountiful – 13; 1990*

Box Elder – 10; 2003

Brighton – 12; 1982*, 2004

Canyon View – 5; 1998

Carbon – 10; 1924*

Cedar – 8; 1954, 1980

Clearfield – 8; 2003

Copper Hills – 3; 2008

Corner Canyon – 2; 2014

Cottonwood – 13; 2008

Cyprus – 10; 2000

Davis – 12; 1965*, 1983, 1985

Delta – 12; 1975*

Desert Hills – 5; 2013

Diamond Ranch – 4; 2011

Dixie – 12; 1974*

Duchesne – 13; 2006*, 2013*

East – 13; 1996*, 2013

Emery – 8; 1995

Enterprise – 3; 2012

Fremont – 6; 2004

Grand – 11; 1964

Granger – 10; 1985

Grantsville – 10; 1986

Gunnison – 6; 2005

Herriman – 5; 2011

Highland – 11; 1997

Hillcrest – 9; 1968

Hunter – 14; 2003*

Hurricane – 13; 2013*

Jordan – 11; 1931*

Juab – 12; 1997

Juan Diego – 14; 2008*

Judge Memorial – 12; 1972*

Kanab – 12; 1974*

Kearns – 5; 1988, 1993

Layton – 7; 1987

Layton Christian – 4; 2006

Lehi – 10; 1997

Logan – 14; 2011*

Lone Peak – 14; 2011*

Manti – 13; 1999*

Maple Mountain – 8; 2012

Milford – 8; 1994

Millard – 13; 1978*, 2001*

Monticello – 13; 2001*

Monument Valley – 5; 1987

Morgan – 13; 1997*

Mountain Crest – 11; 1991

Mountain View – 10; 1999

Murray – 11; 1954*

North Sanpete – 11; 2002

North Sevier – 9; 1996

North Summit – 12; 1974, 2007*

Northridge – 12; 2001*

Ogden – 11; 1958*, 1966*

Olympus – 12; 1998*

Orem – 12; 1962*, 1968*

Park City – 10; 1981, 2006

Parowan – 6; 2001

Payson – 9; 1959

Pine View – 13; 2007

Pleasant Grove – 11; 1955*, 1956*

Provo – 10; 1987

Rich – 13; 2002*

Richfield – 9; 1971

Riverton – 8; 2010

Roy – 10; 1975

Salem Hills – 3; 2013

San Juan – 13; 2000*

Sky View – 11; 2006

Skyline – 13; 1993*, 1999*

Snow Canyon – 12; 1996*

South Sevier – 3; 1985, 1987

South Summit – 7; 2013

Spanish Fork – 6; 1958, 1996

Springville – 12; 1985*

Stansbury – 11; 2012

Summit Academy – 3; 2012

Syracuse – 12; 2012

Taylorsville – 4; 1996, 2001

Timpanogos – 5; 2012

Timpview – 13; 2007*, 2008*

Tooele – 12; 1929*

Uintah – 11; 1994*

Union – 7; 1954, 1983

Viewmont – 6; 2006

Wasatch – 11; 1966

Weber – 8; 1956

West – 13; 1992*

West Jordan – 5; 1999, 2008

Westlake – 6; 2010

Whitehorse – 9; 2000

Woods Cross – 6; 2012

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