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Utah prep football action Wednesday will be a night for history.

For the first time ever, two Utah Catholic high schools will meet on the football field when Judge Memorial travels to Juan Diego High School 7 p.m.

For years, Judge Memorial and St. Joseph in Ogden were the only Catholic high schools in the state, but St. Joe's, in Class 1A, doesn't field a football team. Juan Diego opened three years ago with a football program making the historic meeting possible.

"It's nice for the Catholic community," Juan Diego coach John Colosimo said. "It will be a lot of fun and hopefully it will turn out to be a good rivalry."

If anyone knows Judge it's Colosimo, who was the Bulldogs' coach five years ago.

"I know everybody up there. A lot of the people there I either coached (as players) or coached with," he said. "There is a good relationship between the two staffs."

"The kids like it," Judge coach Tim Clark said. "They're playing kids they know. It's like two public schools that are neighbors. You know the people you're playing, they're not just names."

The Soaring Eagle is 2-3 and Judge is 4-2.

"They have a lot of weapons," Colosimo said of Judge's Ian Wood, Nick Morales, B.J. Kuretich and Matt Stahl. "They have speed and skill and every play they can break it."

Clark has equal respect for the third-year Soaring Eagle.

"I think they may be a little underestimated," Clark said. "Their record doesn't look too impressive, but they have played the top teams in their region. They played North Summit tough and North Summit beat Park City and Park City waxed us."

Juan Diego is led by quarterback Ben Sehy and has quality runners in Preston Hibler and Brad Schwam.

RIGOROUS SCHEDULE: The No. 2 Brighton Bengals are two-thirds through one of the toughest three straight games in the state.

Because of the terrorist acts on the East Coast Sept. 11, the Bengals, and all the Region 2 teams for that matter, were forced to play three games in 10 days, but no team has it as hard as Brighton.

The Bengals (6-0) played West Jordan Monday, Sept. 16 and won 35-28 in overtime, then beat Alta 52-35 Friday, and now they play at No. 4 Bingham Wednesday.

Bingham (5-1) played Hillcrest and Copper Hills in that stretch and won both.

E-mail: jhinton@desnews.com