Under the category of "Playoff Matchup We'll Never See" you could make a case for a East-Layton contest, even though the 1990 season has ended for both teams.
Don't look at the two as having ended 29- and 18-game losing streaks, respectively. Instead, consider their claims to be included as title contenders.East, which finished 2-7, beat Olympus, which beat No. 2 Alta, which beat No. 3 Highland, which beat No. 1 Skyline. Also, East took Region 3 champion and No. 5 Cyprus to double-overtime before being defeated, with the once-lowly Leopards losing to other playoff teams like Brighton, Bonneville and Highland by a 10-point margin or less.
Meanwhile, Layton, 1-8, beat Cottonwood, which beat Bingham, which beat West Jordan, which beat No. 5 Cyprus, which beat Taylorsville, which beat Weber, which beat No. 4 Davis, which beat Provo, which beat No. 5 Orem. And Layton lost to No. 2 Alta by only six points and suffered a five-OT defeat to top-ranked 3A Bountiful.
Okay, so we've twisted their merits a bit. But the Leopards and Lancers aren't the big-score losers that some might associate with teams once saddled with long losing streaks.
FINAL POLL: The conclusion of the regular prep football season marks the end of the Deseret News Coaches Poll, with the state playoffs to determine the top teams the rest of the way.
The 2A poll is a recap from last week's poll, with four of the top five teams idle and the other - San Juan - winning its first-round game in the 2A tournament.
RANKINGS IN RETROSPECTIVE: In case you were wondering how the final Deseret News Coaches Poll compares to the preseason rankings, here's how the teams were rated back in mid-August.
4A: 1) Alta, 2) Skyline, 3) Roy, 4) Brighton, 5) Bingham, Bonneville and Davis (tie).
3A: 1) Bountiful, 2) Mountain Crest, 3) Logan and Springville (tie), 5 Bear River and Dixie (tie).
2A: 1) Hurricane, 2) San Juan, 3) Millard, 4) Morgan, 5) Manti and North Sanpete (tie).
1A: 1) North Summit, 2) Parowan, 3) Monticello, 4) Dugway, 5) Milford.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS: Some of the top individual efforts from last week's slate of reagular-season finales, as reported to the Deseret News:
Bear River unleashed its triple-threat offense, as Jared Burnham rushed 20 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns, Brian Theurer carried 13 times for 108 yards and scored one TD each rushing and receiving, and Shawn Fuhriman completed 11 of 14 passes for 120 yards and two TDs. The 41-point Bear onslaught came after Sky View had posted a 20-0 first-quarter lead on another impressive effort - three scoring passes by Bobcat QB Greg Robertson.
Last Thursday's games seemed to provide a number of defensive TDs - more than the typical interceptions-returned-for-scores. East's David Stowell returned a fumble 20 yards for a TD, and a pair of Alta defenders - Brian Day and Brett Lund - both recovered Roy fumbles in the end zone for scores.
However, Olympus logged a trio of defensive TDs - Semisi Tonga returned a recovered fumble 3 yards for a score, Jason Straw took his second interception of the game back 35 yards for a touchdown, and Scott Naylor ran a recovered fumble 30 yards for a third Titan TD.
Deseret News Coaches Poll
Five coaches from each size classification - with each region represented by at least one coach - comprise the selection board. Five points are awarded for each first-place vote, four for a second, three for a third, etc.4A 3A
1. Skyline (8-1) 23 1. Bountiful (9-0) 25
2. Alta (7-2) 19 2. Springville (8-0) 20
3. Highland (7-2) 14 3. Bear River (8-1) 13
4. Davis (7-2) 8 4. Jordan (7-2) 8
5. Cyprus (7-2) 5 5. Dixie (7-1) 7
(tie) Orem (6-2) 5
Others receiving votes: None Others: Lehi, Mountain Crest
1. Hurricane (8-0) 23 1. North Summit (5-4) 23
2. North Sanpete (8-0) 22 2. Milford (8-1) 19
3. Beaver (6-2) 12 3. Duchesne (7-1) 18
4. Park City (7-1) 6 4. Monticello (5-4) 6
(tie) San Juan (5-4) 6 5. Rich (5-4) 5
Others: Millard, Delta Others: East Carbon, Parowan