High school football: Felt's Facts for Week 10 (26 items)
For the ninth straight year, since 2005, Week 10 kicks off the 2A postseason. More on those first-round games later.
Also, key contests for playoff berths and region championship — in addition to traditional rivalry clashes and travelling trophy battles — spice up Week 10.
Including Tuesday’s playoff game in 2A North (won by Summit Academy), 48 schools are guaranteed tournament action, leaving 24 berths up for grabs among 40 eligible schools.
Fifteen squads have already been eliminated from qualifying for the postseason: American Leadership, Bonneville, Clearfield, Cyprus, Fremont, Mountain Crest, Mountain View, Murray, North Sevier, Ogden, Provo, Viewmont, Wasatch, West Jordan and Westlake.
Bonneville, with a bye, and North Sevier, which didn’t make the 2A playoffs, concluded their seasons last week.
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1 of 26. Region champions
Eleven teams claim outright, undefeated titles by winning this week: Davis (Region 1); Taylorsville (Region 2); Bingham (Region 3); Logan (Region 5); East (Region 6); Juan Diego (3AA North); Dixie (3AA South); the winner of Morgan at Judge (3A North); Manti (3A South); Duchesne (1A North); and Kanab (1A South).
In Region 4, Herriman captures the league crown outright by defeating Pleasant Grove. In any scenario, the Mustangs are assured top seed unless they lose and Lehi upsets Lone Peak. A coin flip between Herriman, PG and Riverton then determines the seeding for those three, and LP faces AF in a region playoff game.
Assuming Riverton defeats Westlake and Lone Peak and Herriman win, the seeding is Herriman, Riverton, Lone Peak and the winner of a region playoff between PG and American Fork.
But if Pleasant Grove wins, Herriman, Riverton, LP and PG all claim a piece of the region championship. The seeding is the same, except that PG takes fourth and AF is out. (That’s based on each team’s record versus the other three, then on head-to-head results.)
There is one messy possibility: Herriman, Lehi and Riverton win, leaving four teams tied for two tournament berths.
A most improbable upset by Westlake could leave five teams tied for second and vying for three playoff spots.
Region 7 ends in a three-way tie between Corner Canyon, Olympus and Orem if all three prevail this week. With a victory at Murray, Corner Canyon becomes just the fifth first-year school to win a region championship, joining Payson (1909), Union (1951), East Carbon (1959) and Timpview (co-champs in 1977).
Five head-to-head matchups directly impact league championships: PG at Herriman; Box Elder at Logan, where the Bees must win to share the title with Logan; Morgan at Judge; Duchesne at Altamont — the Longhorns must prevail to tie for the crown with the Eagles and Rich; and Monticello at Kanab — the Bucks have to win to create a three-way tie for region with the Cowboys and Diamond Ranch.
2 of 26. Tournament locks
Region 1 – Davis (1), Syracuse (2)
Region 2 – Taylorsville (1), Hunter (2)
Region 3 – Bingham (1), Brighton (2)
Region 6 – East (1), Woods Cross (2)
Region 8 – Timpview (1)
3AA North – Juan Diego (1), Stansbury (2)
3AA South – Dixie (1), Pine View (2)
3A South – Manti (1)
3 of 26. Do or die
In Region 1, Weber has to defeat Davis or be eliminated. In Region 3, Copper Hills must upset Brighton and hope Alta and/or Jordan loses to force a region playoff.
Region 4 finds Lehi out with a loss to Lone Peak. Also, American Fork, finished with league competition, is eliminated if Pleasant Grove, Lone Peak and Riverton win.
A Kearns loss to East in Region 6 ousts the Cougars.
In Region 7, Skyline’s season ends with a loss to Olympus, but the Eagles stay home even with victory unless Orem defeats Timpanogos.
Region 8’s crucial match pits Maple Mountain at Springville. MM watches from the sidelines if the Golden Eagles fall, but by winning, creates a three-way tie with the Red Devils and the loser of Spanish Fork at Salem Hills.
3AA North’s key game is Tooele at Ben Lomond. BL’s hopes for the playoffs stay alive only if the Scots win and force a likely three-way logjam with the Buffaloes and Uintah for the final berth. Tooele is battling for its first playoff appearance since 2006.
3AA South’s most important contest has Cedar at Payson. The Lions must prevail to create a likely three-way tie-up with the Redmen and Hurricane for the last playoff spot.
In 3A North, a Carbon loss at Emery drops the Dinos from the postseason and then Union is out, too, if the Utes don’t defeat Grantsville.
In 3A South, the loser of North Sanpete at Delta is out of the playoffs.
Finally, Whitehorse at Monument Valley is an elimination game in 1A South.
4 of 26. Other games for seeding
Layton at Northridge in Region 1 likely decides third and fourth place in Region 1.
In Region 2, Granger, Hillcrest and West, all underdogs this week, will probably tie for the fourth berth and face one of those intense three-way region playoffs.
Region 3’s Jordan takes third with a win over West Jordan and relegates Alta to fourth even if the Hawks upset Bingham.
Highland at Bountiful likely decides third and fourth seeds in Region 6.