High school football: Felt's Facts Week 4 (14 items)
Defending Region Champs
This week, Regions 1 and 4 in Class 5A, along with all the 4A and 3AA regions, join 1A and 2A in league competition. Class 3A starts region play next week and Regions 2 and 3 won’t see league games until Week 6.
This season, several teams try to extend their string of consecutive region championships. Juan Diego has won 10 straight while Hurricane and San Juan have claimed five in a row. Lone Peak is a four-time defending region champ.
Duchesne, Manti, Maple Mountain, Olympus and Stansbury have captured back-to-back region titles.
Historically, only Millard (12 straight from 1949-60) and Dixie (11 straight from 1966-76) have longer streaks than Juan Diego.
1 of 14. Strong Starts
A few other teams are off to their best starts in several years. Grantsville hasn’t opened the season with three victories since 1999. With a win at Juab, the Cowboys will be 4-0 for the first time since an 8-0 start in 1992.
Grand plays at upset-minded South Sevier – last week the Rams’ James Collins drilled a 30-yard field goal as time expired to stun San Juan for the first time in 21 games going back to 1980. A Grand County triumph gives the Red Devils their first 4-0 start since 2006
Should Springville defeat archrival Spanish Fork, these Red Devils will be 4-0 for the first time since winning their first 10 games in 2004.
2 of 14. Nail-biters
A cliffhanger – a non-overtime game decided by a team scoring on the final play – is unusual, such as South Sevier’s upset of San Juan just mentioned. Typically, any given season sees just two or three.
But Roy has achieved something almost unheard of: winning cliffhangers over consecutive weeks. Against Weber, Ben Aikuli hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Royals to a 17-14 victory on Aug. 30.
Then last week, Roy trailed Fremont 12-7 with the ball at the Silver Wolves’ 44. Tyler Skidmore heaved a Hail Mary toward the end zone. A defender batted the ball away from two hopeful receivers, but unintentionally directed it into the arms of an alert Justin Weaver, who dashed three yards to the end zone for the 13-12 win. (The exciting play – for all but Fremont fans – can be seen above or on YouTube under “The Plain City Prayer.”)
3 of 14. More Roy
Also, contrary to last week’s edition, Roy doesn’t lead the list of teams that haven’t shut out an opponent in several years. The Royals blanked Fremont 26-0 just last year. Lehi has gone the longest without shutting out an opponent (2004), followed by Murray (2005).
4 of 14. Record Setters and Notable Week 3 Performances
East established a single-game rushing record, running for 640 yards. That eclipses the previous record of 614 held by Park City in a 2007 game against Uintah.
East and Jordan combined for 1,316 total yards, another record. That surpasses the 1,216 combined yards in a 2011 game between Cottonwood and West Jordan.
The Leopards also racked up the second-most total offense with 804 yards. Beaver holds the record of 833 set in 1965 in a 71-0 thrashing of Wasatch Academy.
East standout Ula Tolutau alone ran for 321 yards, which ranks 25th all-time.
Despite the loss, Jordan QB Austin Kafentzis amassed 370 yards of total offense to raise his career total over the 10,000-yard mark. He’s valuted into second place all-time with 10,057, trailing Alex Kuresa (Mountain Crest, 2007-10) by 2,860 yards.
Cottonwood’s T.J. Fehoko blocked two punts against Kearns, the first time since 2010 that’s been achieved.
Logan’s Taylor Compton caught six passes to jump into eighth place in career receptions with 139.