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CLICHE IS RIGHT: YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME

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As most of the state's prep football programs learned this past Thursday and Friday, you win some and you lose some. Besides being a well-worn cliche, such describes the current state of the Deseret News rankings (See page D1).

A few rankings proved accurate, while a handful of others didn't. Whatever the case may be, plenty of football remains to be played. And as more than one coach has said: "We'll just take it one week at a time."Enter week two.

Skyline, Olympus and Milford retain their respective top rankings in the 5A, 4A and 1A classifications, while newcomers Carbon and Kanab assume the top spots in 3A and 2A. Both teams held No. 2 spots a week ago.

Former front-runners Cedar City (3A) and Grantsville (2A) suffered opening-night losses to teams in higher classifications. The Red Men fell to Hunter (19-7) and the Cowboys were stymied at Pine View (30-21).

Despite the setbacks, both teams fell only one notch.

Six other teams, Orem (5A), West Jordan (5A), Logan (4A), Murray (4A), Lehi (3A) and Morgan (2A), weren't as fortunate - each fell from the rankings. Five drops were courtesy of losses, while Murray's ouster comes on the heels of a lackluster win over Taylorsville and big wins by Jordan and Springville.

The 4A newcomers are joined as freshmen in the rankings by Brighton (5A), American Fork (5A), Dixie (3A) and Juab (2A).

CALL HIM `MR. TOUCHDOWN': Lua Saluone of Provo had the kind of night every football player dreams about Friday. He reached the end zone three times - returning two interceptions and a kickoff for touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 49-21 preseason victory at Roy.

BY THE NUMBERS: Has parity entered the Utah high school football scene?

In opening games Friday, the big boys from 5A were just 6-5 against 4A opponents and 2-1 versus 3A teams. West Jordan, Taylorsville, Weber, Orem, Roy and Mountain View comprised the programs which fell to lower classification squads. In contests against out-of-state opponents, Utah teams went 1-1 Friday night. Grand County defeated Bloomfield, N.M., 20-14, while Snow Canyon fell to Virgin Valley, Nev., 13-7.

CATCH THE BEAT: For the first look at the weekly Deseret News high school football rankings tune into SportsBeat Saturday with Brad Steinke. The rankings, published each Sunday, will be unveiled the night before on the popular 10:30 p.m. television sports show on KSL, Channel 5.

IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT: C'mon down Dugway coach Butch Boegler, you're the next contestant on "football without numbers." In a preseason questionnaire, Boegler noted the Mustangs had only 18 players. "If we win a game, we should get cash awards," he said.

FOOTBALL FIRSTS: New schools Fremont and Snow Canyon played their first-ever football games Friday. The Silver Wolves, based in Plain City, treated the locals to a 7-6 victory over Tooele. Meanwhile, the Warriors of St. George dropped a 13-7 decision to Nevada's Virgin Valley High in Mesquite.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Cousins Abby Kolowich and Sara Delozier will be in goal Tuesday when Lehi visits East in a preseason soccer match. Kolowich is the Pioneers' goalkeeper, while Delozier handles similar duties for the Leopards. The family affair is slated for 3:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Park.

MAN VS. MACHINE: Paul Bunyon never had it this good. The mythical woodsman faced a stiff test from the steam shovel, but this scribe found technology a little less challenging. Chalk one up for the human race in the quest for prep football prediction supremacy against computer-generated Parry's Power Guide - which appears each Thursday in the Deseret News. Throughout the coming weeks, different folks will test their forecasting skills against the machine. Last week's results: Facer 25-11, Parry's Power Guide 21-15. This week, guest picker Chris Tunis of SportsRadio 570 will take on technology.