High school football: Felt's Facts Week 5 (14 items)
Editor's note: This week’s edition includes lists of the top-20 winningest coaches, both all-time and active, by victories and winning percentage. Another feature lists each school’s record holder for single-game passing and rushing yards. Some of the top performers may be unexpected.
The Unbeaten and the Winless
The number of undefeated teams dropped from 23 to 16 last week, while six squads picked up their first victory, leaving 15 still working for that first win.
Just one contest pits unblemished teams, and it’s a Region 5 showdown: surprising Roy at Logan. A victory sends the Royals to 5-0 for just the fourth time in their 49 years, and first since their best-ever 10-0 start in 1975 when Jim McMahon played QB. Logan has won 13 straight in the series going back to 1992 to grab a 16-14 lead.
Only one game matches winless squads, and again it’s in Region 5: Bonneville at Mountain Crest. MC has snared the last 10 to lead the series 13-6.
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1 of 14. Fast Starts with New Coaches
Perhaps most impressively, Matt Hammer motivated Weber to end its two-plus year, 23-game losing streak. The Warriors last won three games in 2010 and look for a winning season for the first time since 2009. The 3-1 start is Weber’s best since opening 4-0 in 2002.
In addition, Chas Ryan has eight-year-old American Leadership at 3-1, already matching the Eagles’ most-ever season wins. At Snow Canyon, Marcus Matua has lost just once in three outings
Two more coaches, Steve Clements – new at Westlake – and Doyle Holt – new at Layton Christian – are 3-1, but both have previously coached – at Lehi and Granger, respectively.
2 of 14. More 4-0 Starts
Grand County last started 4-0 in 2006, but hasn’t claimed five victories to begin a season since 1997 . Grantsville is 4-0 for the first time since an 8-0 start in 1992.
With victories, Pleasant Grove (at Lehi) and South Summit (vs. Summit Academy) will be 5-0 for the first time since 2009 . Bingham, Davis and Richfield are off to their fastest starts since 2010.
3 of 14. Some Top Performances from Week 4
In guiding the Bears to victory, JarDee Nessen set four school records with 493 yards of total offense, 492 passing yards (the 10th best all-time performance statewide), seven TD passes (which ranks third all-time) and eight touchdowns overall (which is fifth most all-time).
His favorite receiver, Colton Jensen, amassed 283 reception yards, which ranks fourth-best all-time. It’s the most since 2010 when Wasatch’s Keefer Babbitt established the state record with 314 receiving yards.
Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis racked up 569 total offense yards – the fourth best performance on record – even though in came in a losing effort. That’s the most since Logan’s D.J. Nelson set the state mark with 606 in 2011.
Kafentzis’ career total offense – 10,626 yards – is 2,291 away from matching the state record. He’s seventh in career passing yards with 7,047 and has completed 459 passes, just seven shy of moving into the top-10.
Hurricane’s Ethan Stratton became the 21st Utah prep gridder to kick 100 career extra points. But two other active players are ahead of him this year: Duchesne’s Braxton Spencer has booted 119 (tied for 13th all-time) and Juan Diego’s Andrew Montoya has 110 (tied for 18th).
Pleasant Grove’s Spencer Romney returned two punts for scores – that hasn’t happened since 2007.
Bingham tied the state record for Team Interceptions Returned for Touchdowns with three…. Also last week, Juan Diego scored a school-record 69 points in beating up Ben Lomond.
4 of 14. Week 5’s Most-played Rivalries (min. 50 games)
Box Elder and Ogden revive their rivalry for the first time since 2010 and for the 60th time overall – the Bees have a 37-20-2 series edge.
Highland leads East 32-23 heading into their 56th battle. They’ve clashed every year since Highland opened in 1957 except for a four-year span from 1993-96.
Lehi faces Pleasant Grove for the 56th time with the Pioneers up 29-24-2. The Vikings have won 12 in a row from Lehi going back to 1973, but since 1984, they’ve only knocked heads four times, including the past two years. At 3-1, the Pioneers are off to their best start since opening 4-0 in 2002.