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Felt’s Facts: Busy slate of games against out-of-state teams headlines Week 2 of Utah high school football

Seven Utah teams play out-of-state teams this week, while 15 more face out-of-state foes in Week 3.

Milford’s quarterback Bryson Barnes is forced out of bounds on a run along the sideline as they and Duchesne play in the 1A state football championship at Weber State’s Stewart Stadium in Ogden on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Milford won 45-14.
Scott G Winterton

Over the past several seasons, Week 2 and Week 3 have featured the highest concentration of games against out-of-state opponents. This year is no exception as 22 of the 37 contests against non-Utah teams take place this week (seven games) and next (15 games). Monument Valley and Whitehorse play seven of those 37 games competing as independents against other Navajo Nation schools. Excluding their schedules, 21 of this season’s 30 battles versus non-Utah teams are contested the next two weeks.

Next week, Skyridge, in its fourth season, sees its first action against an out-of-state opponent. The Falcons host the Sierra Vista Mountain Lions from Las Vegas.

This season, East plays three non-Utah schools, the most outside of Monument Valley and Whitehorse and their predominantly out-of-state opponents. The Leopards host JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) Calif., on Aug. 23, face Highland (Pocatello) Idaho, at Idaho State on Aug. 31 and host Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) Calif., on Sept. 13.

Some teams seek out-of-state competition for geographical reasons, others as a test against non-Utah powers and still others because they’re unable to schedule an in-state opponent one particular week. But 14 schools currently fielding teams haven’t seen the need to take on a non-Utah school.

Six of those — Cedar Valley, Corner Canyon, Crimson Cliffs, Farmington, Mountain Ridge and Providence Hall — have been playing football for fewer than 10 seasons. But Murray has gone 102 years without facing an out-of-state team, South Sevier has gone 65, Bountiful, 64, Kearns, 54, Timpanogos, 24, Salem Hills, 12 and Maple Mountain, 11.

Last year, Utah teams compiled a 16-18 record against out-of-state squads. The all-time record against non-Utah opponents is 1,229-1,022-69 (.545). That’s 2,320 games since West (then known as Salt Lake High) tied Denver East 0-0 in 1899 in the first contest involving a non-Utah foe.

Those 2,320 games equal 7% of all Utah prep contests.

The top 10 schools that have played the most games against non-Utah foes:

  • Grand County, 179 games (44 of those have been against Montezuma-Cortez, Colo.)
  • Whitehorse, 131
  • San Juan, 126
  • Monument Valley, 125
  • Hurricane, 96
  • Monticello, 90
  • Dixie, 85
  • Rich, 79
  • Carbon, 65
  • Logan 60

The top 10 out-of-state opponents:

  • Preston, Idaho, 139 games. (The Indians were included in a Northern Utah region for 15 seasons from 1925 to 1939 and won region titles in 1925 and 1927. Although Preston was never a real threat to win a state championship, the possibility existed that a non-Utah school could have won a Utah football state title.)
  • Lincoln County (Panaca), Nev., 117
  • Moapa Valley (Overton), Nev., 115
  • White Pine (Ely), Nev., 82
  • Virgin Valley (Mesquite), Nev., 78
  • Grand Junction, Colo., 74
  • Montezuma-Cortez, Colo., 60
  • Pocatello, Idaho, 53
  • Rangely, Colo., 50
  • Las Vegas, Nev., 41

First-time matchups

Fifteen of this week’s games feature first-time pairings:

  • American Leadership at Ben Lomond
  • Corner Canyon at Herriman
  • Crimson Cliffs at Lehi
  • Desert Hills at Alta
  • Farmington at Syracuse
  • Hurricane at Murray
  • JSerra Catholic at East
  • Kearns at Mountain Ridge
  • Payson at Manti
  • Providence Hall
  • Ridgeline at Cyprus
  • Roy at Dixie
  • Sky View at Skyridge
  • Spanish Fork at Cedar Valley
  • Springville at Skyline

Week 2’s most-played rivalries

Two of the top 10 most-played rivalries are contested this week. Box Elder hosts Bear River in the Golden Spike game. It’s the 99th meeting since 1923 and represents the longest uninterrupted series, the most-played active rivalry and the second longest series overall. Box Elder leads the series, 70-26-2, and has captured seven of the last eight over the Bears, including a 29-7 win last year.

Also, South Summit entertains North Summit for their 90th matchup, the 10th most-played rivalry. North Summit leads this one, 46-39-4, since 1942, but SS has taken five straight and nine of the last 10 from the Braves.

Another long-running series pits Uintah at Union. They play for the 79th time since 1951 with Union leading 41-36-1… Grantsville invades Tooele in their 60th meeting since 1915; Tooele leads the series 43-13-3…. Viewmont travels to Davis in their 52nd clash since 1964 with Davis owning a 36-14-1 series edge.

Howdy stranger

Five other games pair teams that haven’t met in at least 10 years:

  • Judge Memorial at Millard — Millard ousted JM in the 1956 and ’57 Class B semifinals in their two previous encounters.
  • Weber at Bountiful — Weber claimed the 1999 Class 4A crown when these two last battled. Bountiful has a 11-6-1 series margin.
  • Richfield at North Sevier — last met in 2006; Richfield leads the series 20-3.
  • Moapa Valley (Overton), Nev. at Canyon View — last met in 2007; the series is tied 1-1.
  • Layton Christian at White Pine (Ely), Nev. — last met in 2009; LCA is 2-0 versus the Bobcats.

Milestone games

Ogden (at Morgan) aims for its 450th victory while Clearfield (hosting Hunter) shoots for its 250th. Cottonwood, in its 50th season, plays its 500th game.

From Week 1

Ridgeline nipped Pine View 58-56, scoring a combined 114 points last week. That ties for the 16th-most combined points scored in a non-overtime game. PV’s 56 points in a losing cause tied for the third-most in a non-overtime contest. (The top two: Taylorsville lost to Jordan 91-83 in 2016 and Jordan fell to Alta 69-62 in 2017.)

The teams combined for 1,184 yards, the 20th-most on record.

Pine View’s Daylor Rymer caught five touchdown passes, tying a state record with the seven others.

Incidentally, Ridgeline coach Travis Van Leeuwen directed Logan last year. In his final game with the Grizzlies, Logan dropped to Pine View 68-50 in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Milford’s 20-game winning streak, an ongoing school record, ties for the 19th longest in state history. Duchesne owns the record, 48 games, from 2010-2014.

Bryson Barnes, a key factor in the Tigers’ 20-game win skein, ranks in the top 10 in three all-time career categories:

  • Touchdown passes — third with 101 and needs 13 more to reach second.
  • Passing yards — eighth with 7,993 and 237 yards away from overtaking seventh place.
  • Total offense — 10th (9,353 yards) and is just 99 yards shy of ninth.

Finally, Parowan has scored in 30 straight games, tying its school record first set from 1987-1990.

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