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High school football: Felt's Facts Week 9 (22 items)

By , For the Deseret News

Oct. 16, 2013

Note: This week's highlights include a list of the school-record single-game receiving yards marks for each school. Also included are playoff scenarios for every region, as well as highlights from last week's action and a Austin Kafentzis career numbers update.

Just this season, school records for single-game reception yards have been set at nine schools, including three last week. Prep fans have witnessed five of the top 16 all-time receiving performances in the first eight weeks of 2013 alone. So it’s time to list the school records for receivers and they’re found at the end of this week’s edition.

1 of 22. Region championships

The next two weeks will be crammed with meaningful games for postseason qualifying and seeding and for determining region champions.

No schools have claimed outright titles yet, and only four teams, all undefeated in their respective regions, own at least a share of a league championship: Logan (Region 5), Juan Diego (3AA North), Manti (3A South) and Beaver (2A South).

All but Beaver play non-region games this week, so must wait to grab region honors outright until Week 10.

If Diamond Ranch defeats Kanab in DR’s final region game this week, the Diamondbacks will claim the outright 1A South title. Should Kanab prevail, the Cowboys still have to beat Monticello next week for the outright crown.

Nine others can at least snare a share of their league crown with wins this week: Davis (Region 1), Taylorsville (Region 2), Bingham (Region 3), Herriman (Region 4), East (Region 6), Timpview (Region 8), Dixie (3AA South), and North Summit and the winner of South Summit at Millard (2A North).

(More on these region champions, and potential champs later.)

Region 7, notably absent from the above-mentioned regions, has three one-loss teams at the top and could end in a three-way tie.

2 of 22. Playoff fever

Of the 103 football teams, 31 have booked tournament tickets leaving 41 berths open for 69 teams. Just three schools – Fremont, Viewmont and Clearfield – have been booted from postseason contention. Another 14 could be eliminated this week.

No Class 5A team has secured a spot. In 4A, five berths are taken and in 3AA, six of 12 are filled.

Class 3A squads have locked up four of eight spots. In 2A, schools have claimed nine of 12 berths and this week’s games will almost determine the final three and seeding for next week’s first round games. “Almost,” because the loser of Summit Academy at Gunnison Valley will tie American Leadership for the sixth and final berth in 2A North and face a region playoff.

Class 1A finds seven of eight berths have been filled with Whitehorse at Monument Valley in Week 10 deciding the final one.

Here’s a region-by-region run down with the teams that have clinched, the number of open berths, projections for which teams will fill those spots and a look at some of the region championship possibilities.

3 of 22. Class 5A playoff rundown

Region 1 – In: none. Open berths (4): Davis, Syracuse, Layton, Northridge. Out: Fremont, Viewmont. Remaining region games: Northridge and Viewmont have one, the others have two.

Davis has secured a tie for a berth and clinches with a win. Although not guaranteed, the likely scenario has the Darts claiming the outright championship, Syracuse in second and the Layton at Northridge battle in Week 10 determining third and fourth.

Weber throws a wrench into that and keeps its playoff hopes alive by knocking off Syracuse this week, thus making Weber at Syracuse this week’s game to watch in Region 1.

Region 2 – In: none. Open berths (4): Taylorsville, Cottonwood, Hunter, Granger. Out: none. Remaining region games: 2.

This week’s game to watch: Taylorsville at Cottonwood. A Taylorsville victory over Cottonwood locks up a berth for the Warriors and a share of the region crown. Even if it loses, T-ville can look forward to postseason action for the first time since 2003 if Hunter defeats Hillcrest. A Cottonwood victory likely results in a three-way tie for the region championship next week.

West sits on the sidelines if the Panthers lose to Granger.

Region 3 – In: none. Open berths (4): Bingham, Brighton, Jordan, Alta. Out: none. Remaining region games: 2.

Barring major upsets, Bingham should claim the top seed and outright region title.

This week’s game to watch: Jordan at Brighton, which likely determines the second and third seeds. Alta will probably finish fourth.

In any event, West Jordan stays home with a loss to Alta.

Region 4 – In: none. Open berths (4): Herriman, and you pick three of American Fork, Lehi, Lone Peak, Pleasant Grove and Riverton. Out: none. Remaining region games: American Fork and Riverton have one, the others have two.

Five teams have two losses in this messy region. The only certainties are that Herriman and/or American Fork claim berths by winning and Westlake is eliminated with a loss to Lone Peak.

A Lehi victory over Herriman could mean as many as five teams with 3-2 records all tied for first place heading into the final week.

Games to watch: Herriman at Lehi and American Fork at Pleasant Grove. The Vikings invade Herriman next week, so a loss to AF forces PG into a must-win situation in Week 10.

4 of 22. Class 4A playoff rundown

Region 5 – In: Logan (has clinched tie for region). Open berths (3): Sky View, Box Elder, Roy. Out: none. Remaining region games: Bonneville and Logan have one, the others have two.

If favored Box Elder, Roy and Sky View win this week, the four berths are filled and next week’s games determine seeding. Bonneville and Ogden skip the playoffs by losing, and Mountain Crest is out if it falls to Box Elder and Roy beats the Lakers.

Game to watch: Mountain Crest at Box Elder. The Mustangs are in danger of missing the postseason after nine straight appearances stretching back to 2004.

Region 6 – In: East, Woods Cross. Open berths (2): Bountiful, Highland. Out: Clearfield. Remaining region games: Clearfield and Woods Cross have one, the others have two.

The most promising scenario places East first as outright region champ, Woods Cross second (with only a game in region against Cyprus remaining), and the Highland at Bountiful battle to determine third and fourth in Week 10. A monumental upset by Bountiful over East likely results in a three-way tie for the region crown.

Game to watch: Cyprus at Highland. The Pirates are out with a loss to the Rams and then so is Kearns if it loses to Clearfield.

Region 7 – In: Corner Canyon. Open berths (3): Olympus and two of Orem, Skyline and Timpanogos. Out: none. Remaining region games: Corner Canyon and Mountain View have one, the others have two.

Olympus and Orem clinch with a win, while Skyline secures at least a tie for a berth by defeating the Tigers. Mountain View and Murray are eliminated by losing.

Game to watch: Orem at Skyline. The Eagles’ 28-year run of postseason appearances could be jeopardized with losses to Orem and Olympus.

Region 8 – In: Timpview. Open berths (3): Salem Hills, Springville, Spanish Fork. Out: none. Remaining region games: Springville and Wasatch have one, the others have two.

Timpview grabs the top seed with a win and a share of the region crown. If the other favored teams win, the Week 10 games will be for seeding. If Spanish Fork defeats Provo, the Bulldogs are out and then so are Maple Mountain and Wasatch if they lose.

Game to watch: Spanish Fork at Provo, but only because a Don victory likely ousts three clubs from the playoffs.

5 of 22. Class 3AA playoff rundown

North – In: Juan Diego, Stansbury, Park City. Open berths (3): Bear River, Uintah and the winner of Tooele at Ben Lomond in Week 10. Out: none. Remaining region games: Juan Diego and Stansbury have one, the rest have two.

Game to watch: Stansbury at Park City. A Stallion win results in a first round bye in the tourney, while a Miner triumph gives PC a shot at upsetting Juan Diego next week for a share of the region crown.

Bear River (vs. Ben Lomond) and Uintah (at Tooele) wrap up berths by winning. For the Utes, a victory means postseason action for the first time since 2007.

South – In: Dixie, Pine View, Snow Canyon. Open berths (3): Desert Hills, Cedar, Hurricane. Out: none. Remaining region games: Hurricane and Pine View have one, the rest have two.

Dixie has the inside track for the league title. But even with a win at Cedar, the Flyers could be headed for a showdown with Snow Canyon next week and a possible three-way tie with Pine View for region honors.

Game to watch: Desert Hills at Snow Canyon. The winner likely gets the third seed behind Dixie and Pine View, while the loser probably takes fourth.
1. Mokie
Podunk, UT,
Oct. 17, 2013

Just curious, if the last two place teams in both regions in 2A are tied, would they not determine the 6th place for each region by the head to head match instead of having a region playoff game? Not sure why they would have to have a playoff if the two teams have played and one was the winner already. Can you please clarify for me? Thanks.