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COTTONWOOD FINISHED WITH DAYLIGHT; COLTS NOW A PRIMETIME OPERATION

Let there be light - at Cottonwood.

A two-year push to have lights installed at the Region 2 school has finally come to fruition. No more afternoon home football games for the Colts, prime time has arrived."Hopefully it's going to make a difference in our football tradition," said coach Mike Reardon. "We sure hope so."

The squad raised $40,000 for the project with hard work and donations. More than $10,000 was saved in labor costs when 65 members of the team worked four-hour shifts throughout the process digging trenches, jack-hammering concrete, pulling wire and other manual work. In addition, the team hired on to other projects in the valley to raise funds - including a $5,000 payday for painting the Riverboat restaurant.

And who says hard work doesn't pay off anymore?

FOR A FRIEND: The Ben Lomond football team wore No. 44 stickers on their helmets Friday. The Scots were paying tribute to one of their own - senior fullback Ryan Losee who was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday. Tabbed an "all-state candidate" by coach Garry Walker, Losee reportedly was not wearing a helmet when he struck a pedestrian at 30 mph and slid 45 feet pinned under his bike. As of Friday night, he was in critical, but stable condition at Ogden Regional Medical Center with serious head injuries.

STILL THE ONES: Orem , Timpview , Delta , Kanab and Rich continue to top their respective classifications in the DesNews prep football rankings (see page D1). Four of the leaders won on opening night. The lone exception was Timpview, who dropped a 24-21 decision to Orem.

IN AND OUT: Teams that entered and departed the Deseret News prep football rankings this week.

IN - American Fork (4th, 5A), Hillcrest (5th, 5A), Springville (5th, 4A), Dixie (5th, 3A), Grantsville (4th, 2A) and Grand (5th, 2A).

OUT - Hunter, Granger; Mountain Crest; Hurricane; Beaver and San Juan.

WELCOME MATS?: Friday wasn't a good night to debut as a new head football coach. Of the 15 newcomers in the state, just three (Provo's David Mills, Millard's Franklin Bramall and North Summit's Sam Blonquist) left the field victorious.

4A-GGIES: The Utah High School Activities Association has reached an agreement with Utah State University to hold this year's 4A football semifinals at Romney Stadium on Nov. 10. The championship game is slated for the following week at Rice Stadium.

MAN VS. MACHINE: Thanks to guest picker Brad Steinke, mankind defeated technology 23-22 in this season's first Man vs. Machine Challenge. Each week a new representative from the community will match wits with Noland Parry's computer-generated Power Guide in predicting the outcome of high school football games across the state. Sports Radio 570 host David Locke is this week's challenger. His picks will appear with the Power Guide later this week.