Because of the Utah Education Association's two-day gathering on Thursday and Friday, the state's high school football games will be played Wednesday.
While most of the games in the short work week are of the non-region variety - there are 21 out-of-league contests - it's status quo for Regions 1-5, who have a full slate of regular matchups.The best game that actually counts: Taylorsville at Hunter (7 p.m.). The Warriors (5-1, 3-1) can throw themselves right back in the thick of things in Region 2 with a road win over the fifth-ranked Wolverines (5-1, 3-0). Hunter is currenty tied for the league lead with Granger (4-2, 3-0), which should nab a victory at West Jordan (2-4, 0-3).
The best game (perhaps) that doesn't actually count: Grand at Millard (7 p.m.). The Red Devils are undefeated at 6-0, but they've only played three in-state foes, who have a combined record of 4-13. Second-ranked Millard boasts the state's most prolific offense, averaging well over 500 yards and 50 points a game.
Most bizarre game: 4A's American Fork at 2A's San Juan (7 p.m.). Don't be surprised if the third-ranked Broncos (6-0) actually give the much bigger Cavemen (4-2) a decent game. Surprisingly, these two have tangled before. San Juan actually beat A.F., 24-20, when they met at Pleasant Grove in 1960 in a Class B quarterfinal game.
PERFECT SO FAR: The way the top-ranked Highland Rams are playing, it would be a surprise if anybody beats them - in the regular or postseason. And if the Rams (6-0) do go undefeated, it would be the first time in their history.
Eight other teams in the state have yet to taste defeat this year: Brighton (5-0), Morgan (6-0), Lehi (6-0), Millard (6-0), Manti (6-0), Juab, Grand and San Juan. Brighton, Morgan, Millard and San Juan are the only ones to have gone an entire season without a loss.
NOT SO PERFECT: On the other hand, eight teams are still looking for their first victory of the season - Viewmont (0-6), Kearns (0-6), Timpanogos (0-6), Woods Cross (0-6), Provo (0-6), Richfield (0-6), Park City (0-6) and Duchesne (0-6).
Kearns, which has lost a state-high 18 games in a row, might have the best shot of winning Wednesday night. The Cougars host west-side foe Copper Hills (1-5) at 7 p.m. Kearns' last win came against the Grizzlies in 1995.
Park City and Duchesne also play beatable teams. The Miners travel to rival South Summit (2-4), and the Eagles visit Enterprise (2-4).
Woods Cross has the toughest task. The Wildcats, who have never gone winless before, will likely be more-than-generous hosts to Highland.
MILFORD 19, DIXIE JV 6: Craig Barnes returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown to help the Tigers get through the rain and mud with a victory.