High school football: Felt's Facts Week 7 (11 items)
Note: This week’s highlights include some of the longest plays of the 2013 season. Also included are player accolades and team achievements from Week 6, as well as milestone games and school-record passing updates.
The final regular season battle between unbeatens takes place when Brighton invades Bingham for Region 3 supremacy. The Bengals maintain a 29-12-1 lead in a series that was uninterrupted from 1969, when Brighton opened, through 2005, the last time they met.
More on this week’s other matchups later on.
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1 of 11. Clinched and nearly clinched
No team in the 5A ranks can lay claim to postseason action by winning this week.
But in Class 4A’s Region 5, a Logan victory over Sky View clinches a tie for a tournament berth. In Region 6, if Corner Canyon gets by Skyline, the Chargers secure a playoff berth in their first season. And in Region 7, Timpview grabs a spot by defeating Spanish Fork.
Over in 3AA North, Juan Diego and Stansbury cement postseason berths if they and Park City prevail. In that case, the Miners clinch a tie for postseason play.
In Class 3A North, Judge Memorial and Morgan claim berths by winning, as does Juab in 3A South. If Juab triumphs, the winner of Richfield at Manti also clinches, and the loser can do no worse than tie for a spot.
In 2A North, Layton Christian and South Summit clash for the region lead, and both have already wrapped up postseason berths. Millard and North Summit guarantee themselves tournament combat with a victory.
Class 2A South’s Beaver snares a berth by winning, while Grand has already clinched a tie for a spot. The winner of San Juan at Enterprise likewise clinches a tie.
Finally, all four 1A North teams qualify for the playoffs and Milford is locked in fourth. In Class 1A South, Diamond Ranch, Kanab and Monticello have clinched and Whitehorse at Monument Valley in Week 10 determines the final berth.
No team has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and only six schools are out of contention for region championships: American Leadership, Gunnison and Summit Academy in 2A North, Milford in 1A North and Monument Valley and Whitehorse in 1A South.
2 of 11. Team achievements from Week 6
Duchense enjoys the fifth longest current winning streak in the nation according to MaxPreps. Last week, the Eagles rushed for a school record 519 yards, which ranks 19th-most all-time.
Meanwhile, Logan passed for 517 yards, the third-most for a team in Utah prep history.
Showing defensive prowess, Morgan held Carbon to minus-16 yards of total offense, the eighth fewest all-time and the fewest since Box Elder held Roy to minus-22 yards in 2008…. Parowan blanked an opponent for the first time since 2008 and Richfield last posted back-to-back shutouts in 1987.
3 of 11. Player accolades from Week 6
Of the 503 yards, 264 went to Taylor Compton, the 10th most for a single-game. He’s climbed to 19th in career receiving yards with 1,969.
Olympus’ Coleman Meier electrified the crowd with 419 all-purpose yards – the eighth-most in Utah gridiron history. His effort came on 225 rushing yards, 7 receiving yards and 157 return yards, including a 92-yard kickoff return.
There’s still a lot of football left, but if four players stay near their current pace, they’ll break into the top-10 in categories involving season averages.
Pine View’s Cody Wilstead averages 362.7 passing yards per game, which would rank second all-time were the season to end today. The leader is Jordan’s Alex Hart, who averaged 370.2 ypg in 2009.
Gunnison Valley’s Jacob Hatch averages 135.2 reception yards per game, which also ranks second all-time to Copper Hills’ Dallin Barnes, who averaged 135.6 ypg in 2002.
In the same category, Logan’s Compton averages 128.8 ypg, ranking fifth all-time.
Lehi’s Caden Calton averages 207.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks sixth.
4 of 11. First-time meetings (9)
Realignment created eight first time matchups in league games, including all three contests in Region 7: Skyline at Corner Canyon, Murray at Mountain View and Timpanogos at Olympus. The other five: Herriman at American Fork, Park City at Ben Lomond, Delta at Canyon View, Layton Christian at South Summit and Maple Mountain at Wasatch. In a non-region first-time meeting, Grand visits Summit Academy.