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9 schools thrive in 1A

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Six weeks into the 2001 season, the nine smallest schools in the state have plenty of ammo to prove the realignment that put them in the new 1A football classification was a good thing.

Last year, seven of the nine teams — Rich, Milford, Monticello, Parowan, Altamont, Duchesne and Enterprise — played football in Class 2A with minimal success, and the other two — Monument Valley and Whitehorse — played in the Navajo Nation league and had no chance at postseason play in Utah.

The nine teams had a combined record of 33-46 and now, at the midway point of the season, they are 27-16.

"Going to 1A the kids saw it and were excited about it," Parowan coach Rod Murphy said. "It definitely motivated them to get into the weight room and play week in and week out."

The Rams have put together the biggest turnaround so far. They went 1-7 last year and now are 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state. Altamont was 1-8 a year ago and it is now 4-1, and its only loss was to Parowan two weeks ago.

Milford didn't have a win last year (0-9) but the Tigers are 2-3 this year. Duchesne is the only team in the league without a victory (0-4).

"It's been so many years of the same pounding over and over," Murphy said. "With the new realignment, teams are seeing they can compete and have a legitimate chance at a state title. I think it's been a great thing for the kids with motivation and enthusiasm to get our and play football."

ALTA-BRIGHTON NOTES: Brighton's 52-35 victory over Alta Friday night set some new marks for both teams. Brighton's 52 points is the most it has scored on Alta. The old mark was 35 points in 1978. Alta's 35 points was the most Brighton has allowed to the Hawks. Also, the the Brighton tally is the most Alta has ever allowed in a single game. The previous high was in 1991 when Orem scored 51.

RANKINGS NON-SHUFFLE: Twenty-three of the 25 ranked teams in the five classifications won Friday. Whitehorse was the only team that lost. In the only change, Bingham swaps places with Viewmont in the Class 5A rankings — from No. 5 to No. 4.

FINALLY: After two weeks of futile attempts to collect career-win No. 100, Cyprus coach Sonny Sudbury finally got it Friday as the Pirates defeated East, 34-27.

WHAT A WIN: After being shut out for the first time in five years, the Jordan Beetdiggers (1-4) were on the verge of losing five straight for the first time since 1978-80 when they lost 17 in a row. Friday night, the 'Diggers picked up their first win of the year with a 38-20 victory over West Jordan.

PREPS ON THE WEB: Can't wait for the nightly scores? Log on to www.deseretnews.com/preps and see the scores as soon as the Deseret News receives the information from the coaches. While there, check out your favorite high school's own Web page complete with the state's most comprehensive standings, schedules, results and leaders. Deseret News photographers take more pictures at games that could ever be in the paper. Check out the photo galleries where additional photos can be viewed and purchased.

GAME SITE CHANGED: The non-region battle between Logan and Viewmont, originally scheduled to be played in Logan Sept. 26, has been changed and will be played at Viewmont on that same date.

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