As far as win-loss records go, a good share of the Week Five slate of the 1990 prep football season pits the "haves" against the football"have nots."
Of Friday's 27 games involving the state's 3A and 4A teams, nearly a dozen games feature one opponent with a perfect 4-0 or almost-undefeated 3-1 overall record, while the other team sports a 1-3 or winless 0-4 mark.Another eight games pair up 3A and 4A opponents with .500 records or worse.
OK, so the overall competition may not mimic last week's schedule, which had a number of top-ranked teams squaring off. However, there are a few good matchups to make the week's schedule worthwhile.
Among the 4A teams, No. 2 Highland visits No. 5 Olympus, with both Region 2 teams going into their third week of playing a ranked foe. The Rams are 4-0 overall, having beaten the formerly ranked duo of Brighton and Davis. Meanwhile, the host Titans are 3-1, having upset Alta two weeks ago and suffering a narrow 13-6 loss to No. 1 Skyline last week.
Other 4A matchups worth noting - the formerly ranked twosome of Bonneville and Davis meet in a key Region 1 contest after both suffered their first 1990 loss last week and dropped from the 4A poll. And 3-1 Orem meets 1-3 Provo in a Region 4 battle - the Bulldogs broke out of their 0-3 slump with a lopsided 36-7 victory over American Fork last week.
The most noteworthy 3A contest has two-time state titlist Logan hosting preseason favorite Mountain Crest, with both Region 5 teams having struggled already this season.
The visiting Mustangs got off to an 0-2 start, but have won back-to-back league games against Box Elder and Sky View, with both having been ranked No. 5 going into their respective games with Mountain Crest, which is now ranked No. 5 in the 3A poll this week. And Logan has lost two straight to 4A Roy and league peer Ben Lomond, but the Grizzlies had a bye last week - an extra week to prepare for the Mustangs.
Also in the 3A, Pine View puts its 3-1 overall record on the line against top-ranked Springville, which is one of four 3A teams with unbeaten 4-0 overall marks.
The Millard-Beaver in Region 10 has two ranked teams - Nos. 4 and 5 - with identical 3-1 overall records. The difference is that Millard lost a league game to top-ranked Hurricane, while Beaver is 3-0 so far in region play.
Second-ranked North Sanpete, the only other 2A team besides Hurricane with a 4-0 record, meets Grantsville. Like the Hawks, the Cowboys boast an undefeated Region 9 record, having won three games straight.
One other game involving ranked foes can be found among the 1A ranks, where No. 4 Parowan plays No. 5 Milford for the first of two meetings among the sole Region 12 teams playing football this season. The other members of Region 12 don't field football teams.