Felt’s Facts – Week 13 2016
Among the six teams vying for championships this Saturday, Class 2A’s South Summit makes its sixth title-game appearance in eight years – and fourth straight. Only six teams have made more consecutive championship-game appearances than South Summit. The Wildcats face defending champion Beaver. It’s the first back-to-back title-game rematch since Duchesne battled Rich in 2012 and ’13.
It’s also the fifth time Beaver and South Summit have dueled for a state championship. Beaver has grabbed three of the previous four championship clashes.
Coaches who have previous experience, but are in their first year with their respective schools lead these teams. Randy Hunter guides Beaver after coaching at Enterprise (2000-03; won the Wolves’ only state title in 2003) and Canyon View (2004-07). Mike Grajek directs South Summit after stints at Milford (1993; won the Tigers’ only state crown) and Morgan (1994-96).
The Class 1A championship pits Duchesne, with five titles, against Kanab, with nine trophies. Combined, these teams have captured one-third of all 1A championships – 14 of 42. They’ve claimed over half of those won – 14 of 26 – by current 1A schools. Duchesne’s last championship-game appearance – and victory – came in 2013. Kanab competed for the title last year, but looks to take home the hardware for the first time since 2007.
In 3A, defending champ Juan Diego goes for its seventh state crown. JD encounters Delta, holder of nine state championships. The Rabbits last reached the finals – and won – in 2001.
Back for More
In the three larger classifications, five semifinalists repeat from last year. In 5A, Bingham returns for the fifth consecutive time and for the 10th time in 11 seasons. Lone Peak, 2015 runner up in 5A, qualifies for the sixth time in seven years. Defending 4A champ East revisits the semifinals for the fifth time in six seasons. Springville makes its second straight appearance in the 4A semis. 3AA runner-up Dixie is back for the fifth year in a row and for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Three more see semifinal action after falling earlier in last year’s tournament. American Fork is back for the second time in three seasons, Desert Hills for the fifth time in six years and Pine View for the third time in four.
Strangers to the Semis
Meanwhile, Maple Mountain and Stansbury, both in their eighth seasons, advance to the semifinals for the first time. Alta’s most recent trip to Rice-Eccles came in 2009 while Fremont last made the semis in 2011.
Eight of the 12 semifinal teams display at least one championship trophy in their showcase. Besides Maple Mountain and Stansbury, Fremont and Pine View still seek their first.
Surprising American Fork
With two exceptions, all the semifinal teams in all six classifications – that’s 24 schools – were seeded No. 1 or No. 2. In 3AA, third-seeded Pine View knocked off second-seeded Tooele to arrive at the semifinals. But fourth-seeded American Fork burst into the semis by winning a region playoff game where it ousted defending 5A champ Herriman 17-14, then shocked a No. 1 seed, Roy 38-24, in the first round, and finally stunned second-seeded Syracuse 31-13 in the quarterfinals. (Only the Cavemen probably don’t consider any of those upsets.)
AF is the first team to win a region playoff and then two tournament games since Judge Memorial advanced to the semifinals (and lost) in 2010. The Cavemen are also the first “region playoff” team to get to the semifinal round in the largest classification since Kearns in 1972 (took State).
The last fourth-seeded squad to advance to the semis in 5A was Syracuse in 2011, but the Titans didn’t have to win a region playoff to make the tournament that year.
Jordan and Lone Peak combined for 21 points in the opening 0:41 of their quarterfinal battle last week. The scores came on two 80-yard passes by Jordan and an 81-yard kickoff return by Lone Peak. It’s impossible to say there’s a record for combined points in a brief period of time, but for comparison, Highland and Granger combined for 33 points in just 0:55 during the third quarter of a 1996 first-round game. Dixie and Snow Canyon racked up 22 points in 0:38 in the fourth quarter of a 2006 contest. And Grantsville and Juab scored 21 points in only 0:36 in the fourth stanza of a game in 1997.
High Scoring Seasons
The 2013 East Leopards hold the record for most points in a season (693), but so far this year, Alta has tallied 613 to rank fifth all-time and East has scored 582 to place 10th.
If more evidence was needed to support the notion that offenses are scoring more points, that’s happened this season. Four of the top-20 games under the “Most Points Scored by One Team in the Playoffs” category occurred in the first-round this year. East blasted Skyline 70-20 (the 10th-most points), Timpview crushed Salem Hills 66-19 (12th-most), Grand blistered Gunnison 63-21 and Jordan destroyed Viewmont 63-20 (both tied for 18th-most).
More proof? In the previous 96 years of state playoffs, 25 teams had scored at least 36 points in a tournament game and still lost. Four more did that on just one day, Friday, Oct. 28.
Highland fell to Alta 58-48, Jordan dropped a 59-37 decision to Lone Peak, Juab succumbed to Juan Diego 61-36 and Tooele lost a heart-breaker to Pine View 38-36.
Highland’s 48 points were the most ever in a losing effort in a regulation playoff game. Only Emery, tripped by Manti 54-52 in a 1986 first-round contest, scored more in a losing cause, but that took five overtimes. Incidentally, both those games tie for the most combined points – 106 – in a playoff game.
Bruising Ground Game
Wide open passing attacks have spread to more schools in recent years, but East has exploited a powerful ground game to dominate the Class 4A ranks – the Leopards enjoy a current state-high 21-game winning streak over two seasons. This year, East has rushed for over 450 yards eight times in 12 contests. In four games, the Leopards didn’t even attempt a pass. East has posted five of the top 21 records for single-game rushing yards:
676 yards vs. Syracuse on Aug. 19 (state record)
594 vs. Skyline on Oct. 28 (ties for seventh-most all-time and ties a state-playoff record with Hunter in 1991)
591 vs. Timpview on Nov. 4 (ties for no. 9)
570 vs. Woods Cross on Oct. 19 (no. 14)
543 vs. Bonneville on Sept. 23 (no. 21)
Juan Diego claimed the 16th spot all-time with its 561 yards against Juab in the 3A semifinals last week.
More East Rushing
With its 591-yard performance last week, the 2016 Leopards set a state record for Season Rushing Yards (5,852 and counting). That eclipsed the 5,509-yard record East established just last year. East also holds the third-place spot (5,478 yards in 2014) and fourth, too (5,326 in 2013). (Park City ranks fifth, 4,923 yards in 2009.)
East running back Jaylen Warren has the state record for individual season rushing yards (2,675). Warren is tied for third in season rushing touchdowns (33; five off the state record). He’s rushed for at least 100-yards 12 times this year. A 100-yard effort in the semifinals ties Warren for top honors all-time with East’s Ula Tolutau (2013).
Over his career, Warren (2015-16) is tied for fifth in 100-yard games (23), 10th in net rushing yards (4,659) and tied for 12th in rushing touchdowns (53).
Alta’s Top Rusher
Josh Davis ranks third in all-time season rushing yards (2,550). He’s just 12 yards away from overtaking Beaver’s Kelly Smith (2,561 yards in 1979). Davis is tied for eighth in season touchdowns scored (34). He’s also tied for eighth in season points scored (204) and 17th in rushing touchdowns (28).
Also most noteworthy, Davis set the record for season all-purpose yards earlier this year. He now has 3,672.
Over his career, Davis (2013-16) has accumulated 8,163 all-purpose yards, second all-time and 369 off the state record (8,532 by Ben Lomond’s Emmett White, 1994-97). He’s also second in points scored (434; Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis has the record with 600). Davis ranks third in net rushing (5,196) and touchdowns scored (72). He’s eighth in both rushing touchdowns (56) and carries (609). Davis is tied for 11th in 100-yard games (21).
Class 5A Semifinals
Among the semifinalists in 5A, Bingham has won nine state championships and American Fork and Lone Peak, one each.
Lone Peak (11-1) vs. American Fork (8-5)
Series history: Lone Peak leads 13-7.
Last meeting: Lone Peak romped 27-7 on Sept. 30 (Week 7) at American Fork.
Coach vs. coach: Lone Peaks’ Mike Mower is 3-1 vs. American Fork’s Aaron Boem.
Current winning streaks: LP – 9 (fifth longest active streak), AF – 3.
Lone Peak’s last semifinal: 2015, defeated Bingham 26-9, then lost to Herriman in the finals.
American Fork’s last semifinal: 2014, defeated Brighton 58-28, then lost to Bingham in the title game.
Lone Peak’s playoff record (18th appearance in 20 seasons): 28-16.
Mike Mower’s playoff record (fourth appearance in four seasons): 7-3; semifinal record: 1-1.
American Fork’s playoff record (38th appearance in 91 seasons): 25-35.
Aaron Boem’s playoff record (fourth appearance in seven seasons): 5-3; semifinal record: 1-0.
Bingham (12-0) vs. Fremont (10-1)
Series history: Bingham leads 8-4.
Last meeting: Bingham blanked Fremont 38-0 in a 2012 quarterfinal at Bingham.
Coach vs. coach: first meeting between Bingham’s John Lambourne and Fremont’s Kory Bosgieter.
Current winning streaks: Bingham – 12 (second longest active streak), Fremont – 6.
Bingham’s last semifinal: 2015, fell to Lone Peak 26-9. The Miners last advanced to the title game in 2014 (and won).
Fremont’s last semifinal: 2011, clipped Syracuse 21-14 in overtime. The Silver Wolves last made the championship contest in 2011 (and lost).
Bingham’s playoff record (44th appearance in 93 seasons): 56-34.
John Lambourne’s playoff record (seventh appearance in seven seasons overall and second at Bingham in two seasons): 9-6, including 5-5 at Hunter (1994-98) and 4-1 at Bingham. Semifinal record: 0-2 including 0-1 at Hunter.
Fremont’s playoff record (19th appearance in 23 seasons): 26-18.
Kory Bosgieter’s playoff record (12th appearance in 18 seasons overall and seventh at Fremont in nine seasons): 15-10, including 4-4 at Weber (1994-2002) and 11-6 at Fremont (2008-2016); semifinal record: 3-0, including 1-0 at Weber. One state championship, at Weber in 1999.
Class 4A Semifinals
East claims 16 championships, Alta, four and Springville, one.
East (12-0) vs. Maple Mountain (7-5)
Series history: first meeting.
Coach vs. coach: First meeting between East’s Brandon Matich and Maple Mountain’s Brad Burtenshaw.
Current winning streaks: East – 21 (a current state-high), Maple Mountain – 7.
East’s last semifinal: 2015, slammed Springville 42-14 en route to the state title.
Maple Mountain’s first semifinal appearance.
East’s playoff record (44th appearance in 103 seasons): 58-27-2.
Brandon Matich’s playoff record (11th appearance, including four in five seasons at Park City and seventh in seven seasons at East): 20-9, including 4-4 at Park City (2005-09) and 16-5 at East (since 2010). Semifinal record: 3-3, including 0-2 at Park City and 3-1 at East. One state championship, at East, 2015.
Maple Mountain’s playoff record (fifth appearance in eight seasons): 2-4.
Brad Burtenshaw’s playoff record (fifth appearance in eight seasons): 2-4; first semifinal.
Extra Point 1: A victory by East gives the Leopards 13 wins, tying with the 1996 and 2013 teams for the most in school history.
Extra Point 2: East’s 21-game winning streak is tied (with three others) for the 15th longest streak in Utah prep history.
Extra Points 3: Maple Mountain lost its first five games, then turned around and won its last seven.
Alta (11-1) vs. Springville (11-0)
Series history: first meeting.
Coach vs. coach: first meeting between Alta’s Alema Te’o and Springville’s Willy Child.
Current winning streaks: Alta – 2, Springville – 11 (third longest active streak).
Alta’s last semifinal: 2009, fell to Bingham 28-19. Alta last got to the championship game in 2008 (and won).
Springville’s last semifinal: 2015, lost to East 42-14. The Red Devils last semifinal victory came in 2009 (but lost in the finals).
Alta’s playoff record (32nd appearance in 39 seasons): 46-27.
Alema Te’o’s playoff record (third appearance, including one in five seasons at Woods Cross from 2000-04 and second in two seasons at Alta.): 3-2; first semifinal.
Springville’s playoff record (46th appearance in 100 seasons): 27-44.
Willy Child’s playoff record (fourth appearance in five seasons): 5-3. Semifinal record: 0-1.
Extra point 1: Alta kicker Jett Sollis has hit 79 PATs this season, the third-most all time and just two shy of the state record held by Logan’s Courtney Cano (2005).
Extra Point 2: Springville enjoys its sixth-ever double-digit win season and second straight. The Red Devils’ only better start came in 1985 when they wrapped up a championship season with a 12-0 record.
Class 3AA Semifinals
Dixie owns eight championships and Desert Hills has one.
Stansbury (9-2) vs. Desert Hills (8-2)
Series history: Desert Hills leads 3-1.
Last meeting: Desert Hills ousted Stansbury 31-14 in a 2013 Class 3AA quarterfinal at Stansbury.
Coach vs. coach: Desert Hills’ Carl Franke is 2-1 vs. Stansbury’s Clint Christiansen.
Current winning streaks: Stansbury – 1, DH – 3.
Stanbury’s first semifinal.
Desert Hills’ last semifinal: 2014, nipped by Hurricane 17-14. DH last made the finals in 2013 (and won).
Stansbury’s playoff record (sixth appearance in eight seasons): 3-5.
Clint Christiansen’s playoff record (12th appearance, including four in five seasons at South Sevier, two in four years at Provo and six in eight seasons at Stansbury): 4-11; first semifinal.
Desert Hills’ playoff record (ninth appearance in nine seasons): 12-7.
Carl Franke’s playoff record (fifth appearance in five years): 8-3; first semifinal. One state crown, at Desert Hills in 2013.
Dixie (7-3) vs. Pine View (9-2)
Series history: Pine View leads 24-18.
Last meeting: Dixie slapped PV 38-7 on Sept. 16 (Week 5) at Pine View.
Coach vs. coach: Dixie’s Andy Stokes is 3-0 vs. Pine View’s Ray Hosner.
Current winning streaks: Dixie – 7, Pine View – 3.
Dixie’s last semifinal: 2015, popped Tooele 45-6 before losing in the championship.
Pine View’s last semifinal: 2014, fell to Dixie 38-28. A year earlier, the Panthers advanced to the 3AA final (and lost).
Dixie’s playoff record (43rd appearance in 72 seasons): 60-34.
Andy Stokes’ playoff record (second appearance in two years): 3-1; semifinal record: 1-0.
Pine View’s playoff record (25th appearance in 34 seasons): 23-24.
Ray Hosner’s playoff record (14th appearance in 16 seasons): 21-13; semifinal record: 4-2.
Extra Point 1: Dixie admirably reaches the semifinals for a fifth straight year, but the Flyers once made the semis seven times in a row, from 1970-76.
Extra Point 2: Pine View seeks its first 10-win season since 2008 and the fifth in school history.
Class 3A Championship
Delta (9-3) vs. Juan Diego (7-4)
Series history: Juan Diego leads 5-0.
Last meeting: Juan Diego tamed the Rabbits 31-6 in a 2015 quarterfinal at JD.
Coach vs. coach: Juan Diego’s John Colosimo is 1-0 vs. Delta’s Russ Fowles.
Current winning streaks: Delta – 6, Juan Diego – 7.
Delta Quick Facts
The Rabbits began their football program in 1920, took a three-year break, then have played annually since 1924; 94th season.
Finals record: 9-3. Last championship: 2001. Playoff record: 65-44 (.596), 54th appearance.
Championship game history:
1938, defeated Springville 20-0 (Class B)
1965, lost to Union 30-0 (B)
1966, defeated Wasatch 37-7 (B)
1968, defeated Millard 35-7 (B)
1975, defeated Grand County 27-15 (2A)
1977, lost to Morgan 28-14 (2A)
1985, defeated Grantsville 34-10 (2A)
1986, defeated Richfield 17-14 in overtime (2A)
1991, defeated San Juan 9-6 (2A)
1995, defeated Snow Canyon 22-14 (3A)
2000, lost to Lehi 30-25 (3A)
2001, defeated Park City 20-7 (3A)
Coach: Russ Fowles is 18-25 (.419) in four seasons (since 2013).
Playoff record: 2-1 (.667), second appearance.
First championship game.
Juan Diego Quick Facts
JD opened in 2000; 17th season.
Finals record: 6-1 (.857). Last championship: 2015. Playoff record: 32-9 (.780), 16th appearance (missed the tournament the school’s first year).
Championship game history:
2002, defeated Manti 28-12 (Class 2A)
2003, lost to Manti 20-19 (2A)
2004, defeated Juab 33-14 (2A)
2008, defeated Hurricane 21-18 (3A)
2009, defeated Hurricane 12-10 (3A)
2010, defeated Hurricane 10-7 (3A)
2015, defeated Morgan 28-13 (3A)
Coach: John Colosimo is 164-40 in 17 seasons at Juan Diego and 210-115 in 29 seasons overall, including a 46-75 record at Judge Memorial (1986-96).
Playoff record: 37-17 (.685), 24th appearance. At Juan Diego: 32-9 in 16 appearances; at Judge: 5-8 in eight appearances.
Championship game record: 6-2, including 6-1 at Juan Diego and 0-1 at Judge.
Extra Point 1: Juan Diego is the all-time winningest playoff team by percentage (.781).
Extra Point 2: Juan Diego aims to become the 11th championship team with four losses. (Three have claimed state titles with five setbacks, the most losses by a championship team: Dixie – 1998, Skyline – 2005 and Timpview – 2012, including four forfeits).
Extra Point 3: The Soaring Eagle are 96-16 over the past nine seasons, despite their 7-4 record so far this year and going 5-5 in 2014.
Extra Point 4: Juan Diego coach John Colosimo, now in his 29th season, is the dean of active coaches.
Extra Point 5: Delta hopes to be the 16th team to win a state crown with three losses.
Extra Point 6: The Rabbits have their most victories since 2011 (10-2).
Extra Point 7: A Delta victory would reward the Rabbits with their 10th state title and 14th double-digit win season.
Class 2A Championship
Beaver (10-1) vs. South Summit (10-1)
Series history: South Summit leads 12-9.
Last meeting: Beaver silenced South Summit 33-0 in the 2015 title game.
Coach vs. coach: first meeting between Beaver’s Randy Hunter and South Summit’s Mike Grajek.
Current winning streaks: Beaver – 6, South Summit – 4.
Beaver Quick Facts
Beaver began its gridiron program in 1925 and played 11-man football through 1933. After a five-year break, the Beavers took up 6-man football from 1939-1948. They resumed the 11-man version in 1949; 77th season of 11-man.
Finals record: 10-9. Last championship: 2015. Playoff record (11-man): 64-39 (.621), 50th appearance.
Championship game history:
1969, lost to Monticello 7-6 (Class B)
1970, defeated Monticello 22-0 (B)
1971, defeated Monticello 22-7 (B)
1972, lost to North Summit 16-0 (1A)
1973, defeated South Summit 30-0 (1A)
1975, defeated North Summit 12-6 in double-overtime (1A)
1976, lost to Kanab 27-7 (1A)
1977, lost to South Summit 16-6 (1A)
1979, defeated South Summit 24-9 (1A)
1980, defeated Park City 19-7 (1A)
1981, defeated Kanab 7-3 (1A)
1982, lost to Kanab 7-3 (1A)
1983, defeated Kanab 31-20 (1A)
1985, lost to Kanab 42-0 (1A)
1986, lost to Kanab 14-0 (1A)
1987, lost to Kanab 23-0 (1A)
1990, defeated Park City 12-7 (2A)
1992, lost to Grantsville 12-7 (2A)
2015, defeated South Summit 33-0 (2A)
Coach: Randy Hunter is 10-1 in his first season at Beaver and 52-42 (.553) in nine seasons overall, including 32-13 at Enterprise (2000-03) and 10-28 at Canyon View (2004-07).
Playoff record: 2-0 at Beaver and 7-3 overall, including 5-3 at Enterprise; fifth appearance.
Championship game record: 1-1 (at Enterprise, won in 2003 after losing in 2002).
South Summit Quick Facts
The Wildcats played football from 1913-16, then dropped the sport until 1942; 79th season.
Finals record: 6-8 (.429). Last championship: 2014. Playoff record: 51-33 (.607), 40th appearance.
Championship game history:
1973, lost to Beaver 30-0 (Class 1A)
1977, defeated Beaver 16-6 (1A)
1978, defeated North Summit 14-0 (1A)
1979, lost to Beaver 24-9 (1A)
1984, defeated Kanab 13-95 (1A)
1988, defeated Kanab 35-13 (1A)
1998, lost to San Juan 36-26 (2A)
1999, lost to Manti 34-15 (2A)
2000, lost to San Juan 20-14 (2A)
2009, lost to San Juan 7-0 (2A)
2010, lost to San Juan 19-6 (2A)
2013, defeated Grand 42-8 (2A)
2014, defeated Summit Academy 28-6 (2A)
2016, lost to Beaver 33-0 (2A)
Coach: Mike Grajek is 10-1 in his first season at South Summit and 37-14 in five seasons overall, including a 7-3 record at Milford (1993) and a 20-10 mark at Morgan (1994-96).
Playoff record: 2-0 at South Summit and 4-2 overall, including 2-0 at Milford and 2-2 at Morgan; fourth appearance.
Championship game record: 1-1 (won with Milford in 1993, but lost with Morgan in 1996).
Extra Point 1: Beaver makes its 20th championship game appearance, the second most in state history (behind Millard’s 21 and tied with Skyline’s 20).
Extra Point 2: Beaver has posted back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time since 1979-80.
Extra Point 3: Beaver has the distinction of playing – and winning – the first-ever overtime game in Utah, in 1973, when the Beavers defeated Milford 6-0.
Extra Point 4: Since 2013, South Summit has compiled a 43-4 record, the best four-year record in Wildcat history.
Extra Point 5: This game marks the 15th time that teams have met at least two consecutive years in the championship game.
Extra Point 6: Only two pairs of teams have met more in a championship game: Beaver and Kanab have met seven times, Duchesne and Rich, six.
Extra Point 7: The 2A state championship is the 711th game for both Beaver and South Summit. It’s taken Beaver 77 seasons to reach that mark, while South Summit required 79.
Class 1A Championship
Duchesne (10-1) vs. Kanab (10-1)
Series history: Kanab leads 9-5.
Last meeting: Kanab whitewashed Duchesne 13-0 on Sept. 9 (Week 4) at Kanab.
Coach vs. coach: Kanab’s Bucky Orton is 5-4 vs. Duchesne’s Jerry Cowan.
Current winning streaks: Duchesne – 7, Kanab – 10 (fourth longest active streak).
Duchesne Quick Facts
The Eagles played for two seasons – 1931 and ’32 – then revived the program in 1973; 46th season.
Finals record: 5-3 (.625). Last championship: 2013. Playoff record: 32-31 (.508), 37th appearance.
Championship game history:
1995, lost to Rich 26-13 (Class 1A)
1996, lost to Rich 39-12 (1A)
2006, defeated Kanab 30-0 (1A)
2009, lost to Rich 25-0 (1A)
2010, defeated Rich 21-14 in overtime (1A)
2011, defeated Layton Christian 35-9 (1A)
2012, defeated Rich 28-0 (1A)
2013, defeated Rich 14-13 (1A)
Coach: Jerry Cowan in 89-25 (.780) in 10 seasons (2003-07 and since 2012).
Playoff record: 16-6 (.727), tenth appearance.
Championship game record: 3-0 (2006, ’12 and ’13).
Kanab Quick Facts
Played one contest in 1919, then resumed in 1949 after playing 6-man football from 1944-48; 67th season of 11-man football.
Finals record: 9-7 (.563). Last championship: 2007. Playoff record: 56-37 (.602), 47th appearance.
Championship game history:
1974, defeated North Summit 14-0 (Class 1A)
1976, defeated Beaver 27-7 (1A)
1981, lost to Beaver 7-3 (1A)
1982, defeated Beaver 7-3 (1A)
1983, lost to Beaver 31-20 (1A)
1984, lost to South Summit 13-9 (1A)
1985, defeated Beaver 42-0 (1A)
1986, defeated Beaver 14-0 (1A)
1987, defeated Beaver 23-0 (1A)
1988, lost to South Summit 35-13 (1A)
1994, defeated San Juan 9-6 (2A)
2005, defeated Enterprise 30-9 (1A)
2006, lost to Duchesne 30-0 (1A)
2007, defeated Rich 35-14 (1A)
2008, lost to North Sevier 22-12 (1A)
2015, lost to Diamond Ranch 23-20 (1A)
Coach: Bucky Orton is 109-55 (.665) in 14 seasons, since 2003.
Playoff record: 19-11 (.633), 14th appearance.
Championship game record: 2-3 (won in 2005 and ’07).
Extra Point 1: Duchesne celebrates its sixth double-digit win season in eight years, ninth overall and first time since 2013.
Extra Point 2: For the second straight season, Kanab has shut out five opponents. That’s one off the school record (posted in 1975, ’76 and ’77). This year, the Cowboys blanked Altamont and Rich in the playoffs. In Utah prep football history, nine teams have posted at least three shutouts in the state tournament. Tooele (1929) and West (1924) lead the way with four. With a championship-game shutout, Kanab becomes the first team to blank all of its tournament opposition since, yes, Kanab shut out three in 1986.
Extra Point 3: Kanab is in the finals for the 17th time. Only four schools have more championship-game appearances (Millard 21, Beaver and Skyline 20, East 19.)
Extra Point 4: Kanab enjoys its first double-digit win since 2007 when the Cowboys went 12-1.
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