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Hunter could be tested tonight

Finally, Hunter has something to get worked up about.

After five weeks of manhandling opponents by scores of 41-21, 48-21, 53-7, 55-12 and 52-16, the Wolverines might actually have to break a sweat tonight when they host a very good West Jordan team.

While No. 2 Hunter is off to a scintillating start, West Jordan has been impressive as well with a 4-1 record, which included a 48-0 thrashing of upstart Riverton last week.

"We love to play these games," said Hunter coach Wes Wilcken. "We're 5-0 and we've scored 249 points. We're actually looking for someone to come and play hard and challenge us."

Hunter has been so dominating this year, the 2005 Wolverines are drawing comparisons to the 2003 team that went 14-0 and hoisted the 5A state championship. Wilcken doesn't believe too much in comparisons, but even he admits that this year's team is beating up opponents like the 2003 team.

"We're pretty physical offensively and defensively," said Wilcken.

Hunter's average margin of victory during the regular season in 2003 was 33.8. Through five games this year, that margin is 34.4 points.

Wilcken would love to roll over West Jordan by five touchdowns, but he doesn't really care how his team wins tonight's homecoming, just as long as Hunter walks away victorious.

"If we come out and make mistakes and do stupid things like we're capable, we're in for a dogfight and could get beat," said Wilcken. "If we come out and do the things we should, we should win."

Both teams like to pound the ball, which makes tonight's Region 3 clash all about the trenches. Hunter is 6-0 against West Jordan since 1994.

MISC. NOTES: It's homecoming week for many schools, which usually produces a lot of blowouts . . . Lehi has scored in 123 consecutive games, which ties the Pioneers with Bonneville (1993-2004) and Brighton (1987-1998) for second place all-time. Skyline hasn't been shut out since 1986, a string of 232 games . . . Skyline has never lost to Taylorsville (12-0) . . . Clearfield has beat Viewmont in 10 of the last 11 meetings . . . Box Elder and Bountiful meet for the first time since 1958, even though they've tangled four times in the playoffs since then . . . Wasatch is looking to match its 6-0 start from 1982.

FAMILIAR FOES: Morgan and Park City meet for the 64th time, a series Morgan barely leads 31-28-4. The Trojans, however, have dominated lately with wins in 10 of the last 11 meetings . . . Payson and Provo also square off for the 64th time since 1913, with Provo leading 38-20-5 . . . Logan and Ogden meet for the 62nd time, while Altamont-Duchesne (52nd), Millard-Richfield (52nd), Wasatch-Union (52nd) and American Fork-Spanish Fork (50th) also renew old rivalries.

UNFAMILIAR FOES: North Sanpete and Granite have both been playing football for nearly a century, but amazingly the teams have never squared off on the gridiron until tonight. Granite began playing football in 1907, while North Sanpete began in 1912 . . . Other first-time meetings include Juan Diego at Emery, West Wendover (Nev.) at Layton Christian, Timpview at Lehi and Kanab at Rich.

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