If you happen to run into Noland Parry's computer in the next couple of days, could you please give it a hug for me? I mean, the poor thing must be devastated. Losing to a human - especially one like me - must be tough enough for a souped-up technological wonder to deal with in itself. Making things unbearable, I've handed Parry's computer and its Power Guide to Utah prep football a pair of down-to-the-wire one-game losses in our weekly picking contest. Oh, the agony! I'd better stop gloating before my PC mysteriously acquires some funky virus. On with this week's tete-a-tech.

Parry's power guide to high school football

By Noland Parry

Third week of the 1998 season

Favored Team Rating Diff. Rating Underdog Genessy's guess

Region 1

Northridge 56.4 11.4 45.0 LAYTON Northridge

SKYLINE 85.1 30.4 54.7 Clearfield Skyline

VIEWMONT 52.0 3.2 48.8 Davis Viewmont

Region 2

BINGHAM 68.3 37.5 30.8 Copper Hills Bingham

Granger 63.1 17.0 46.1 TAYLORSVILLE Granger

HUNTER 58.6 14.4 44.2 Kearns Hunter

Region 3

ALTA 67.2 9.6 57.6 Jordan Jordan

HILLCREST 58.0 20.1 37.9 Timpanogos Hillcrest

Orem 80.6 10.1 70.5 MTN. VIEW Orem

Region 4

Bonneville 62.4 10.5 51.9 WEBER Bonneville

BOX ELDER 65.8 12.1 53.7 Logan Box Elder

Fremont 54.2 3.7 50.5 MTN. CREST Mtn. Crest

Sky View 48.8 18.1 30.7 ROY Sky View

Region 5

EAST 64.7 14.2 50.5 Murray East

HIGHLAND 82.9 19.4 63.5 West Highland

Olympus 68.8 11.6 57.2 BOUNTIFUL Olympus

WOODS CROSS 50.5 5.7 44.8 Cyprus Woods Cross

Region 6

American Fork 57.7 6.7 51.0 SPRINGVILLE American Fork

LONE PEAK 46.9 4.7 42.2 Payson Lone Peak

SPANISH FORK 60.4 2.9 57.5 Pl. Grove Pleasant Grove

Timpview 66.7 21.6 45.1 PROVO Timpview

Region 11

Enterprise 9.1 3.9 5.2 PAROWAN Parowan

Kanab 32.6 20.9 11.7 MILFORD Kanab

MILLARD 39.3 34.8 4.5 South Sevier Millard

North Sevier 16.3 2.7 13.6 BEAVER North Sevier

Nonregion games

BEN LOMOND 39.9 9.0 30.9 Union Ben Lomond

Canyon View 33.5 1.6 31.9 NORTH SANPETECanyon View

CARBON 26.1 2.1 24.0 Wasatch Carbon

Delta 48.7 2.5 46.2 BEAR RIVER Delta

Dixie 50.6 6.1 44.5 EMERY Dixie

Granite 24.6 2.6 22.0 PARK CITY Park City

Juab 36.5 4.8 31.7 GRAND Juab

JUDGE MEM. 39.6 4.4 35.2 Tooele Tooele

Lehi 42.7 5.7 37.0 OGDEN Lehi

Manti 28.7 8.0 20.7 GUNNISON Manti

MORGAN 48.0 1.2 46.8 Grantsville Morgan

RICHFIELD 24.7 4.4 20.3 South Summit Richfield

Snow Canyon 51.1 2.4 48.7 UINTAH Uintah

WEST JORDAN 41.5 1.9 39.6 Cottonwood West Jordan

Home team in CAPS; 1998 by Noland Parry (www.parryspowerguide.com)

Last week: Jody Genessy 33-7 (82.5 percent); Power guide 32-8 (80.0 percent)

Overall: Mankind 63-18 (77.8 percent); Power Guide 61-20 (75.3 percent)