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Felt’s Facts: Murray, Park City, Mountain View among teams off to best start in more than a decade heading into Week 4

Olympus hosts Kearns in a high school football game at Olympus High School in Holladay on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.
Olympus hosts Kearns in a high school football game at Olympus High School in Holladay on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.
Colter Peterson, Deseret News

The unbeaten and the winless

The number of undefeated teams dropped from 35 to 25 last week, while 14 squads picked up their first victory, leaving 24 still working for that initial win.

Three games this week pit unblemished Utah teams against each other: Duchesne at Milford, Farmington at Lone Peak and Millard at Kanab. Just one contest matches winless teams: Emery County at Juan Diego.

Fast starts

A look at the 25 undefeated teams reveals 11 teams that are off to their best starts in several years.

· American Leadership is 3-0 for the first time in its 14-year history. The Eagles have also matched their longest winning streak of three games, first set from 2014-15.

· Copper Hills, 3-0, has matched its best-ever start and longest winning streak, both in 2008.

· Salem Hills, 3-0, has also matched its best-ever start, seen in both 2013 and 2014.

· Murray is 3-0 for the first time since 1994, but hasn’t started faster since opening 5-0 in 1977.

· North Sanpete hasn’t opened 3-0 since 2003; the Hawks’ best-ever start was in 2002 when they won their first 11 games before falling in the state semifinals.

· Mountain View started 3-0 in 2005, but hasn’t done better since starting 10-0, a school record, in 1999.

· Park City hasn’t been 3-0 since a 5-0 start in 2007.

· Manti hasn’t been 3-0 since 2010 and hopes to go 4-0 for the first time since 2008 when the Templars won their first six.

· Highland, 3-0, captured its first three contests in 2011, but haven’t opened better since a 6-0 start in 2004.

· Kanab, 2-0, looks to start 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

· Morgan last saw 3-0 in 2011 and last won its first four in 2010.

First-time pairings (9)

· American Leadership at San Juan

· Cedar Valley at Stansbury

· Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.) at Wasatch

· Copper Hills at Providence Hall

· Crimson Cliffs at Hurricane

· Farmington at Lone Peak

· Kahuku (Laie, Hawaii) at Timpview

· Logan vs. Desert Pines (Las Vegas, Nevada), at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

· Mountain Ridge at Lehi

Most-played rivalries (min. 50 games)

· Dixie at Cedar — 90th game — Dixie leads 56-33 since 1949. It’s the 10th most-played series overall and the second most-played uninterrupted active series.

· North Sanpete at Richfield — 71st — Richfield leads 41-27-2 since 1923.

· Spanish Fork at Provo — 70th — Provo leads 45-23-1 since 1916.

· Clearfield at Davis — 54th — Davis leads 29-23-1 since 1961.

Long time no see

· Ogden at Mountain View — last met in 1980 (Class 3A first round); this is their second meeting

· Bountiful at Brighton — 1994; 10th

· Pleasant Grove at Viewmont — 1996; third

· Gunnison Valley at Monticello — 2004; seventh

· Timpanogos at Woods Cross — 2004; fourth

· South Sevier at Juab — 2007; 20th

Milestone games

Dixie and Ogden aim for their 450th victories, Clearfield and Milford their 250, and Riverton its 100th. Payson takes the field for the 900th time. Only 10 schools have played in more games. Pleasant Grove plays its 800th contest.

Winning streaks

Milford’s state-high win streak — 21 games — ranks tied for the 15th longest, all-time. Corner Canyon has the next longest current streak — 15 — followed by Lone Peak’s 10. Then come the 21 schools sporting a 3-0 record this season.

Shutouts

Morgan has held its first three opponents scoreless for the third time in school history and first time since 1947, when it blanked its first four foes. Farmington, in its second season, claimed its first-ever shutout.

Before this year, in 23 seasons, Copper Hills had held just two opponents scoreless. Already this season, the Grizzlies have matched that and allowed only one TD in three games. They lead Class 6A in scoring defense (2.3 points per game) and scoring margin (32.0 ppg).

Meanwhile, Juan Diego suffered its first shutout since Sept. 16, 2005. The Soaring Eagle had scored in 170 consecutive contests — the fourth longest streak all-time.

Barnes’ career stats update

Here’s where Milford quarterback Bryson Barnes ranks among the top 20 in various career categories.

· Touchdowns responsible for – ranks second (151), but is 52 short of the state record held by Jordan’s Austin Kafentzis (2011-14).

· Touchdown passes — third (112) and is two away from second place and six shy of tying the state record held by Lehi’s Cammon Cooper (2014-17).

· Total offense — sixth (10,435 yards) (and is the sixth Utah prep player to surpass the 10,000-yard mark for total offense

· Passing yards – sixth (8,880)

· Passing completions – 14th (489)

· Passing attempts – 14th (855)

2,000-yard receiver

Corner Canyon’s Noah Kjar became the 41st receiver to cross the 2,000-yard mark in career reception yards. A junior, he caught four passes for 33 yards last week and has 2,019 yards since 2017.

Consecutive scoring games

With Juan Diego’s scoring streak ending, here’s a list of the 10 schools that have scored in the most consecutive games all-time (current streaks in bold).

262 – Skyline, 1987-2007

190 – Bingham, 2005-present

171 – Jordan, 2004-present

170 – Juan Diego, 2005-2019

160 – San Juan, 1999-2013

159 – Sky View, 2005-present

153 – Lone Peak, 2007 – present

150 – Timpview, 2006-2018

138 – Alta, 2003-2014

127 – Spanish Fork, 2005-2016

Other schools with the longest active streaks: East has scored in 110 straight games, the fifth-longest current streak and 17th longest all-time. Dixie has put up points in 90 consecutive contests (30th longest all-time) and Desert Hills has scored in 83 (32nd longest all-time).

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