Felt’s Football Facts: Playoff primer right here

Felt’s Facts – Week 12

The playoffs are in overdrive and we take an inside look at some of the records and all of the match-ups in high school football.

State Record

Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis set the career record for total offense and broke the 13,000-yard mark in the process. Kafentzis racked up 369 yards against Hunter and increased his total to 13,179.

In the national record books, Kafentzis became just the sixth player to reach the 13,000-yard threshold for total offense. (The record is 22,681 yards. To overtake fifth place, 14,558 yards, Kafentzis needs 1,380 more yards.)

With 143 rushing yards against Hunter, Kafentzis also holds the state record for career 100-yard games (25).

He needs two more rushing touchdowns to tie the state career record of 70 held by Grantsville’s Alan Mouritsen (1996-98).

Last Week

The first full weekend of playoff action again emphasized the mismatches that have characterized early-round games. Of the 32 contests, 18 were decided by three or more touchdowns and only five by a TD or less.

Still, some results surprised prep fans, notably Pleasant Grove knocking off previously undefeated Davis and Lone Peak ousting Syracuse as an indicator of Region 4’s prowess. For the first time since 2008, a team from Region 1 won’t be competing in the championship game. The 1999 season was the last time that no school currently in Region 1 advanced past the first round.

This year, including the first-round games in 2A a couple of weeks ago, the home team has gone home happy 25 of 36 times, and, arguably, three of the 11 visiting squads that won were favored.

Speaking of Happy Teams

Corner Canyon, Diamond Ranch and Salem Hills all picked up their first-ever postseason victories.

Corner Canyon became just the second school to win a playoff game its first season. The Chargers join Mountain View (1980) in celebrating that achievement. The Chargers face a much sterner task in the quarterfinal round, at 4A’s top-ranked East. Incidentally, in the 1980 quarterfinals, MV lost to eventual state-champion West.

Quarterfinal Note

Quarterfinal games matching teams with the best-combined records: Olympus (9-1) at Logan (11-0), followed by Riverton (8-2) at Bingham (11-0) and Sky View (9-2) at Timpview (10-1) Other blockbuster games feature Snow Canyon (7-3) at Juan Diego (10-0) and  Salem Hills (8-3) at Woods Cross (10-1).

Two teams, Hurricane (2-9) and Cedar (5-6), survive with losing records, while Alta stays alive with a 5-5 mark.

Speaking of Hurricane

The Tigers entered the tournament with a 1-9 record. They’re just the 11th one-win team to qualify for the postseason and only the second to capture a playoff victory. Parowan accomplished the feat in 2009 before losing in the quarterfinals. Incidentally, two zero-win teams, American Leadership (2008) and North Sevier (2010), also advanced to the playoffs during the years when the 2A tournament included every school. Both lost their first game.

Playoff Streaks

Juan Diego has snared at least one playoff victory for 11 years in a row, since 2002. Bingham has advanced to the quarterfinals for 10 straight years (since 2004) and San Juan for nine.

Duchesne is trying to become just the eighth team to win at least two playoff games over five consecutive seasons.

First-time Coaches Still Alive

Four first-time coaches advanced to the next round: Don Eck (Corner Canyon), Marcus Matua (Snow Canyon) and Mike Mower (Lone Peak).

Dustin Pearce, who had previous head-coaching experience, but is new at Herriman, also moved on to the quarterfinals.

2013’s Most-Improved

Dixie's Andy Appel catches a touchdown pass late in the first half of the state championship game, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 16, 2012 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News
Dixie’s Andy Appel catches a touchdown pass late in the first half of the state championship game, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 16, 2012 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

North Summit has flipped its season from 2-8 in 2012 to 8-2, an improvement of 6.0 games. Taylorsville, which finished with six wins for the first time since 2003, improved 5.0 games (from 1-9 to 6-4), along with Weber (0-10 to 5-5). Salem Hills (3-7 to 8-3) and Springville (2-8 to 7-4) follow with a 4.5 game improvement over last year.

Technically, East is 7.0 games better than last year (5-8 to 11-0), but the 2012 season includes six forfeits and so using those records doesn’t accurately reflect the real change from last year.

Season Shutouts

Six teams account for nearly 30% of the shutouts this year. Grantsville leads the state with four whitewashes, the most for the Cowboys since 2000.

Five schools, Bingham, Duchesne, Morgan, Richfield and South Summit have all posted three shutouts. That’s the most for Richfield since 1987, while the other four have blanked at least three opponents in recent seasons.

Interception Returns

Last week, East returned three interceptions for touchdowns, and earlier this season, on Sept. 13, Bingham did the same. They join just eight other teams that have had three pick-sixes in one game.

East has five this season, which appears to be a state record, unless evidence to the contrary is presented.


Only one notable landmark: Lone Peak, in its 17th season, plays its 200th game.

Frenetic Scoring

An interception return, two long TD passes and a two-play scoring drive gave Woods Cross 28 points in just 1:08 of possession time last week.

There isn’t a state record for the most points scored in a brief period of time since comparisons can’t be standardized as they can for a quarter or game.

But just for fun, here are some other examples where one team scored a lot of points in a short time.

Highland scored 21 points in 0:29 of possession time in 1996 in a 60-24 demolition of Granger. (Those two teams combined to score 33 points over the wild, final 55 seconds of the third quarter of that 5A first-round game as Granger added two TDs itself.)

Four teams tallied 21 points in less than two minutes of game time: Clearfield (1:18 in 2012 vs. Bonneville), Lehi (1:28 in 2001 vs. Spanish Fork), Pleasant Grove (1:30 in 2008 vs. Spanish Fork) and Cottonwood (1:34 in 2010 vs. West).

Also, Provo scored 20 points in just 0:38 of game time in 2002 when the Bulldogs mangled Spanish Fork 44-21.

Back in 1919, East scored 47 points in 4:00 of game time (East 148, LDSU 0).

More recently, in 1997, Timpanogos scored 34 in the last 3:59 of a game against Orem – but the Tigers were up 68-0 when Timpanogos’ onslaught against Orem’s subs began.

Perhaps the closest to Woods Cross’ scoring frenzy is Hunter’s 31 points in 3:00 of game time (1993 vs. Taylorsville) and Pine View’s 26 in 1:32 of game time (2007 vs. Snow Canyon).

Career Performances

In addition to Austin Kafentzis’ achievements mentioned above, several other players’ accomplishments are worth noting.

Cottonwood’s T.J. Fehoko added a couple more sacks against Brighton to end his season with a state record 34.

Orem’s Nolan Gray completed his stellar career with 2,705 receiving yards (fourth place all-time), 32 career TD catches (fifth all-time) and 163 career receptions (eighth all-time).

Three other receivers place high in career receptions yards: Logan’s Taylor Compton is eighth (2,308 career yards), Alta’s Mack Richards ranks 20th (1,996) and Bear River’s Colton Jensen is 21st (1,880). Compton is also third in career receptions (197).

Season Feats

This year, Logan’s Chase Nelson has accumulated 4,283 yards of total offense, which ranks eighth all-time. He’s also eighth all-time in season TD passes (41) and 10th in TDs-responsible-for (50).

Gunnison’s Jacob Hatch finished the 2013 season with 1,321 receiving yards, which puts him 17th all-time. He also finished 10th all-time in season reception yards per game (120.09), and 18th in season receptions per game (7.27)

After 11 Weeks, the Top-5…

Scoring teams: East, 50.8 ppg; Juan Diego, 42.1; Brighton, 41.8; Timpview, 41.3; Bingham, 40.6.

Defensive teams: South Summit, 6.9 ppg; Desert Hills, 9.5; Duchesne and Morgan, 10.3; Beaver, 10.9.

By victory margin: East, 35.3; South Summit, 33.3; Timpview, 28.9, Juan Diego, 28.6; Brighton, 27.0.

Playoff Matchup Notes

5A Quarterfinals

Brighton (10-1) at Herriman (6-5)
Series record: Brighton leads 1-0. Only meeting: Sept. 24, 2010 – Brighton 38, Herriman 21, at Brighton.
Coach vs. coach: Brighton’s Ryan Bullett is 2-1 vs. Herriman’s Dustin Pearce. The three games were played from 2008-10 when Pearce coached at Hunter.
Last quarterfinals: Herriman – first quarterfinal in four years of football; Brighton – 2005, defeated Bingham 31-24.
Current winning streaks: Herriman – 1, Brighton – 4.
The Mustangs are 2-1 in home playoff games.
Brighton hasn’t seen a double-digit win season since 2005 when the Bengals played in the 5A title game and finished 11-2.

Pleasant Grove (9-2) at Jordan (6-5)
Series record: Pleasant Grove leads 6-3. Last meeting: Oct. 26, 2012 – Jordan ousted PG 56-7 in the first round at Jordan.
Last quarterfinals: Jordan – 2012, defeated Northridge 49-13; Pleasant Grove – 2009, lost to Davis 17-9. (PG last won a quarterfinal game in 2006.)
Jordan plays in its fourth straight quarterfinals and fifth in seven years. The ’Diggers advanced to at least the semifinals the past three seasons.
Coach vs. coach: PG’s Les Hamilton is 2-1 vs. Jordan’s Eric Kjar. Hamilton’s victories came in 2009 and ’10 when he coached at Alta.
Current winning streaks: Jordan – 2, Pleasant Grove – 4.
The Beetdiggers are 23-6 in home playoff games.
With a victory, Pleasant Grove enjoys 10 wins for the first time since 2008.

Alta (5-5) at Lone Peak (7-4)
Series record: Alta leads 3-1. Last meeting: Aug. 30 (Week 2) – Alta 35, LP 17, at Alta.
Coach vs. coach: Alta’s Bob Stephens is 1-0 vs. Lone Peak’s Mike Mower.
Last quarterfinals: Lone Peak – 2012, defeated Davis 27-26; Alta – 2012, lost to Syracuse 31-24. (Alta last won a quarterfinal game in 2009.)
This marks Lone Peak’s fourth consecutive quarterfinal appearance and 11th in 13 years. The Knights advanced to the semis the past three seasons and won it all in 2011.
Current winning streaks: Lone Peak – 3, Alta – 1.
The Knights are 16-5 in home playoff games.

Riverton (8-2) at Bingham (11-0)
Series record: Bingham leads 12-2. Last meeting: Sept. 21, 2012 – Bingham 42, Riverton 16, at Bingham.
Coach vs. coach: Bingham’s Dave Peck is 9-2 vs. Riverton’s Mike Miller. Miller’s victories came in 1998 and ’99 when he coached at Olympus and Peck coached at Cyprus.
Last quarterfinals: Bingham – 2012, defeated Fremont 38-0; Riverton – 2010, lost to Lone Peak 33-28 in the Silverwolves’ only quarterfinal appearance.
Bingham competes in its 10th consecutive quarterfinal game and 16th in 19 years. The Miners advanced to the semifinals six of the past seven seasons.
Current winning streaks: Bingham – 11, Riverton – 2.
The Miners are 28-6 in home playoff games.

4A Quarterfinals

Olympus (9-1) at Logan (11-0)
Series record: Logan leads 5-3. Last meeting: Aug. 19, 2005 – Logan 38, Olympus 0, at Logan.
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Logan’s Mike Favero and Olympus’ Aaron Whitehead.
Last quarterfinals: Logan – 2011, defeated Highland 28-13; Olympus – 2011, lost to Bountiful 34-14. (Oly last won a quarterfinal in 1998; 0-5 since then in quarterfinal games.)
Logan sees quarterfinal action for the eighth time in 11 seasons and 10th time in 14 years.
Current winning streaks: Logan – 11, Olympus – 6.
The Grizzles are 24-10 in home playoff games.
An Olympus victory rewards the Titans with their first double-digit win season since going 12-0 and claiming the 4A title in 1998.

Corner Canyon (6-5) at East (10-0)
Series record: first meeting.
Coach vs. coach: first meeting between East’s Brandon Matich and CC’s Don Eck.
Last quarterfinals: East – 2012, defeated Box Elder 21-7; Corner Canyon – first quarterfinal.
As mentioned, the Chargers became just the second first-year school to win a playoff game its inaugural season.
This year marks East’s fourth quarterfinal appearance in a row and the Leopards strive to advance to the semis for the third straight year.
Current winning streaks: East – 10, Corner Canyon – 2.
The Leopards are 10-4 in home playoff games.

Salem Hills (8-3) at Woods Cross (10-1)
Series record: first meeting.
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between Woods Cross’ Justin Spencer and Salem Hills’ Joel Higginson.
Last quarterfinals: Woods Cross – 2012, lost to Timpview 35-14; Salem Hills – first quarterfinal in six years of football. (Woods Cross last won a quarterfinal in 1993; 0-3 since then in quarterfinal games.)
Current winning streaks: Woods Cross – 7, Salem Hills – 1.
The Wildcats are 7-3 in home playoff games.
Woods Cross has claimed 10 victories just one other time – in 1989 – when the Wildcats made their only championship-game appearance.
Salem Hills celebrates its most wins in school history.

Sky View (9-2) at Timpview (10-1)
Series record: Timpview leads 4-1. Last meeting: Aug. 28 (Week 1) – Timpview 34, Sky View 28, at Timpview.
Coach vs. coach: Timpview’s Cary Whittingham is 1-0 vs. Sky View’s Craig Anhder.
Last quarterfinals: Timpview – 2012, defeated Woods Cross 35-14; Sky View – 2008, lost to Timpview 42-13. (Sky View last won a quarterfinal in 2007.)
Timpview is in the quarterfinals for the 13th time in 14 years and 17th time in 20 seasons. The Thunderbirds appeared in 2011, but that appearance was vacated because of ineligible players.
Current winning streaks: Timpview – 9, Sky View – 4.
The Thunderbirds are 33-4 in home playoff games.
These two meet with both teams enjoying long scoring streaks. Timpview has scored in 98 straight games, since 2006, and Sky View has put points on the board 97 games in row, since 2005.
A Bobcat victory gives Sky View 10 wins for the first time since 2007.

3AA Quarterfinals

Snow Canyon (7-3) at Juan Diego (10-0)
Series record: first meeting.
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between JD’s John Colosimo and SC’s Marcus Matua.
Last quarterfinals: Juan Diego – 2012, defeated Hurricane 38-0; Snow Canyon – 2005, defeated Logan 28-18.
Juan Diego appears in the quarterfinals for the 13th consecutive year, but five of those years, including this season, the quarterfinal was JD’s first playoff game. The Soaring Eagle are attempting to advance to the semis for the fifth time in six years.
Current winning streaks: JD – 10, SC – 1.
The Soaring Eagle are 15-4 in home playoff games.
Juan Diego has won 11 straight opening-round playoff contests. Only Skyline (13 from 1993-2005) has a longer streak.

Hurricane (2-9) at Pine View (7-2)
Series record: Pine View leads 18-10. Last meeting: Oct. 10 (Week 8) – Pine View 34, Hurricane 31, at Hurricane.
Coach vs. coach: PV’s Ray Hosner and Hurricane’s Chris Homer are tied 6-6.
Last quarterfinals: Pine View – 2010, lost to Highland 48-44; Hurricane – 2012, lost to Juan Diego 38-0. (Pine View last won a quarterfinal in 2008 and Hurricane in 2011.)
Hurricane makes its sixth straight quarterfinal appearance and advanced to the finals every season from 2008-11.
Current winning streaks: PV – 4, Hurricane – 1.
The Panthers are 10-5 in home playoff games.
A Pine View victory awards the Panthers with their most wins since going 10-2 in 2008.

Cedar (5-6) at Dixie (8-2)
Series record: Dixie leads 50-33. Last meeting: Oct. 16 (Week 9) – Dixie 41, Cedar 0, at Cedar.
Coach vs. coach: Dixie’s Blaine Monkres is 5-2 vs. Cedar’s Todd Peacock. One of Peacock’s victories came in 1990 when he coached at North Sanpete and Monkres directed Morgan.
Last quarterfinals: Dixie – 2012, defeated Stansbury 20-13; Cedar – 2011, defeated Delta 28-6.
Current winning streaks: Dixie – 7, Cedar – 2.
The Flyers are 25-7 in home playoff games.
Dixie technically isn’t defending its 3A championship from last year, since the Flyers now compete in 3AA. But the usual suspects are battling Dixie for the crown (Juan Diego, Hurricane, Pine View, Stansbury).

Desert Hills (8-2) at Stansbury (7-3)
Series record: Desert Hills leads 2-1. Last meeting: Aug. 23 (Week 1) – DH 12, Stansbury 0, at DH.
Coach vs. coach: Stansbury’s Clint Christiansen and Desert Hills’ Carl Franke are tied 1-1.
Last quarterfinals: Stansbury – 2012, lost to Dixie 20-13; Desert Hills – 2012, defeated Bear River 23-17. (Stansbury is 0-2 in quarterfinal games since opening in 2009.)
This year marks Desert Hills’ fourth consecutive quarterfinal appearance and DH looks to advance to the semis for the third year in a row.
Current winning streaks: Stansbury – 2, Desert Hills – 3.
The Stallions are 2-2 in home playoff games.
With a victory, Desert Hills can match its most ever wins (nine in 2011).

3A Semifinals

Judge Memorial (9-2) vs. Juab (8-3)
Series record: first meeting.
Coach vs. coach: first meeting between JM’s James Cordova and Juab’s Mike Bowring.
Last semifinals: Judge – 2010, lost to Juan Diego 13-7; Juab – 2008, lost to North Summit 35-27.
(Judge last advanced to the finals in 2007 and Juab in 2004; 0-3 in semis since.)
Current winning streaks: Judge – 9, Juab – 3.
Judge hopes to win 10 games for the first time since 2007.

Manti (9-2) vs. Morgan (9-2)
Series record: Morgan leads 6-2. Last meeting: Oct. 25, 1996, Morgan 55, Manti 7, at Morgan.
Coach vs. coach: first meeting between Manti’s Cole Meacham and Morgan’s Kovi Christiansen
Last semifinals: Manti – 2012, defeated Grand 58-12; Morgan – 2008, lost to Hurricane 26-9. (Morgan last advanced to the finals in 1997; 0-3 in the semis since.)
Manti, two-time 2A champion, seeks its third straight semifinal victory.
Current winning streaks: Manti – 2; Morgan – 1.
A Morgan victory sends the Trojans to the finals and its first double-digit win season since 2008.

2A Semifinals

Three of the semifinalists prevented one of the others from celebrating an undefeated regular season: Beaver handed Grand County its only loss, South Summit gave Beaver its only defeat and North Summit dealt South Summit its only setback. NS fell to Duchesne and Millard.

North Summit (8-2) vs. Grand County (9-1)
Series record: North Summit leads 9-4. Last meeting: Sept. 17, 2010 – NS 22, GC 14.
Coach vs. coach: first meeting between North Summit’s Devin Smith and Grand’s Dennis Wells.
Last semifinals: North Summit – 2008, defeated Juab 35-27; Grand – 2012, lost to Manti 58-15. (Grand last advanced to the finals in 2005; 0-3 in semis since.)
Current winning streaks: North Summit – 5, Grand – 5.
North Summit hopes to win nine games for the first time since taking the 2A title in 2008 with a 10-3 record. Last week, NS played its 800th game in 87 seasons, and became the third fastest school to reach that milestone.
A Grand County win gives the Red Devils 10 victories for the first time since 1984.

Beaver (9-1) vs. South Summit (9-1)
Series record: South Summit leads 10-8. Last meeting: Sept. 13 (Week 4) – South Summit 37, Beaver 6, at South Summit.
Coach vs. coach: South Summit’s Jerry Parker is 3-0 vs. Beaver’s Steve Hutchings.
Last semifinals: South Summit – 2012, lost to San Juan 15-9; Beaver – 2002, lost to Juab 38-14. (South Summit last advanced to the finals in 2010 and Beaver in 1992; 0-5 in semifinals since.)
This year marks South Summit’s fifth straight trip to the semifinals and sixth in seven seasons. During those years, the Wildcats advanced to the finals in 2009 and ’10.
Current winning streaks: South Summit – 2, Beaver – 6.
Beaver last won nine games in 2002, but with a semifinal victory, the Beavers celebrate a 10-win season for the first time since 1992.

1A Semifinals

Duchesne (11-0) vs. Diamond Ranch (6-5)
Series record: Duchesne leads 3-0. Last meeting: Oct. 4 (Week 7) – Duchesne 33, DR 13, at DR.
Coach vs. coach: Duchesne’s Jerry Cowan is 2-0 vs. DR’s Robbie Dias.
Last semifinals: Duchesne – 2012, defeated Monticello 35-7; Diamond Ranch – first semifinal appearance in three years of football.
Duchesne makes its fifth consecutive semifinal appearance and 10th in 11 years. (In 2010, the semifinal contest was the first playoff game). The Eagles are trying to become the sixth team to get to the finals at least five times in a row. (Skyline appeared nine consecutive years [1995-2003], Kanab, eight [1981-88] and Beaver [1969-73], East [1919-23] and Judge [1969-73], five.)
Current winning streaks: Duchesne – 45 (fifth longest in the nation), Diamond Ranch – 1.

Kanab (6-5) vs. Rich (8-2)
Series record: Kanab leads 5-1. Last meeting: Oct. 4 (Week 7) – Rich 41, Kanab 13, at Kanab.
Coach vs. coach: Kanab’s Bucky Orton is 5-1 vs. Rich’s Ashley Brown.
Last semifinals: Kanab – 2008, defeated Parowan 26-13; Rich – 2012, defeated Altamont 40-14.
Rich battles in the semis for the eighth straight year and 11th time in 13 seasons. (In 2009, the semifinal game was the first playoff contest.) During those 13 seasons, Rich advanced to the finals seven times including four of the past six years.
Current winning streaks: Kanab – 1, Rich – 3.

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