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Crazy scenarios for Region 4

How's this for a crazy scenario.

In the wild and crazy world of Region 4 football it's possible that after Friday's regular season finales, a co-region champion could actually end up missing the playoffs.

"I've never heard of anything like it," said Logan coach Mike Favero.

If Logan beats Box Elder and Sky View beats Mountain Crest — both mild upsets — Mountain Crest, Box Elder, Logan, Sky View and Bonneville would all finish with 3-2 region records. With only four state tournament berths available, the tie-breaker would most likely involve drawing numbers out of a hat. Teams pulling Nos. 1, 2 and 3 would qualify for the state tournament as that respective seed, while Nos. 4 and 5 would have a playoff game Tuesday to determine the last spot.

"All of our games have been extremely close," said Favero. "It's basically a region where everyone can win on any night."

Mountain Crest and Box Elder can save everyone from the tie-breaker anxiety by simply winning Friday, and securing a share of the Region 4 title.

The road to the state championship appears to be an impossible task for whatever teams finish third and fourth. The No. 3 seed must travel to Region 6's No. 2 seed in the first round, which will most likely be Timpview. The No. 4 seed travels to Region 6 champion Springville, the only undefeated team in 4A.

PLAYOFF PUSH: Entering the final week of the regular season, 45 of the 65 state tournament berths have already been determined. That leaves 36 teams battling for 20 spots in what should be a wild Week 10. Amazingly, of the state's 13 regions, it's still mathematically possible to have co-region champs in every region.

NOTES: Box Elder and Logan meet for the 90th time in the state's third-longest series dating back to 1919. Box Elder leads 58-28-3 . . . Brighton is trying to secure its fourth undefeated regular season in school history . . . Hunter's Wes Wilcken is seeking his 50th coaching victory . . . With a win at North Summit, Juan Diego can wrap up back-to-back undefeated seasons, the first team since Millard in 1997-98 to turn the trick . . . Delta has already locked up its state-record 30th consecutive state tournament appearance.

PICKS ON THE WEB: Try your hand at picking the winners of 12 prep football games each week in the Deseret Morning News Grid Picks. Last week's winner was Mark Nelson of Bear River, who won $50. He was one of 794 entrants. Submit your predictions through the Prep Sports page at deseretnews.com/preps. Six runners-up from last week each will receive a Grid Picks T-shirt: Troy Mabey, Sandy; Jason Smith, Centerville; Meredith Poulson, Salt Lake City; Matt Sumsion, Kokomo, Ind.; Dwight D. Epperson, Natchitoches, La.; Mike Smith, Kearns.

PREPS ON THE WEB: Can't wait for the nightly scores? Log on to www.deseretnews.com/preps to see the scores as soon as the Deseret Morning News receives the information from the coaches. While there, check out the state's most comprehensive standings, schedules, results and leaders.

ATTENTION COACHES: A reminder to home coaches to please call the Deseret Morning News with the information from your game as soon as possible after the final whistle. The newspaper's local number is 237-2161; long distance is 1-800-688-2161. Coaches and statisticians are also reminded to e-mail offensive yardage statistics to prepstats@desnews.com by Monday afternoon for publication in Tuesday's paper.


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