The rest of 4A has been frustrated watching Timpview hoist the 4A state championship trophy the last three seasons.
They've got nothing on Provo.
The Bulldogs have lost to the T-Birds 19 straight times, and many of those games haven't been close. Provo, with one of its best teams in years, will take another shot at mighty Timpview on Friday night in a high-stakes contest.
The two teams will battle for the outright Region 7 championship. Provo has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2009 season, going unbeaten in league play and 8-1 overall. Timpview, after losing two of its first three games, looks powerful once again and is on a five-game winning streak.
Provo coach Saia Pope said he thinks the pressure is on the T-Birds in Friday's game.
"It's harder to maintain being on top than getting to the top because everyone is shooting for you," Pope said. "We're definitely shooting for them. They're the best 4A school in the state until someone knocks them off or knocks them out of the playoffs."
Provo could at least make the T-Birds' road to the 4A championship tougher by knocking them off on Friday. They certainly want some city bragging rights after losing to Timpview 19 straight times.
"I think it's more motivation (the losing streak) just because of the fact that we really could make history with this game," Pope said. "Our destiny is in our hands."
WEEK 10 STARTS TONIGHT: The final week of the 2009 regular season kicks off tonight with 15 games. Tonight's slate is headlined by Park City and Wasatch playing for the Region 10 championship in Heber City. In Region 3, Kearns and West Jordan will play in an elimination game with the winner qualifying for the playoffs and the loser staying home.
Bingham, Mountain Crest, Highland and Springville can clinch outright region championships with wins tonight.
Friday's schedule is highlighted by outright league championship games in Region 7 (Provo-Timpview), Region 11 (Morgan-Juan Diego) and 1A South (Milford at Monticello). There are also elimination games on Friday featuring Ben Lomond-Grantsville in Region 11 and Whitehorse-Monument Valley in 1A South.
P.G.-ALTA SHOWDOWN: One of the most anticipated games of the 2009 regular season takes place on Friday when Alta travels to Pleasant Grove. The matchup has lost some luster since Alta was beaten by Brighton and the Vikings lost to Lone Peak in league play. Both teams also have been hampered by injuries.
"We're still banged up," said Pleasant Grove coach Dale Sampson. "But I think we learned a lot last week. We're going to try and make the adjustments we need to."52 comments on this story
The Vikings lost to Lone Peak with quarterback Dallas Lloyd out of the lineup with a separated shoulder. Sampson said Lloyd will be a game-time decision on Friday night. Alta can understand Pleasant Grove's pain, as the Hawks have played without starting quarterback Jordan Brown for several weeks.
The winner of the game will share the Region 4 championship with Lone Peak.
CHARITY GAME: All the proceeds from Thursday's Cyprus-Cottonwood game will go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for cancer research.