BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
KAYSVILLE— Fans of both Davis and Viewmont are getting ready for Friday night lights, soccer style.
At 7 p.m. at the Davis High School football field, the Darts and Vikings will square for the last time as non-region rivals. Even though the game is still considered a preseason game for both teams, it carries a lot of weight among the students and the players.
“We want that game,” said Davis coach Souli Phongsavath. “I just got done telling the players ‘I want that game more than I wanted this game (against Brighton).’ That’s the game where the kids know each other, have played together and talk to each other quite a bit.”
In preparation for Friday night’s game, the Darts took on last year’s 5A finals opponent, dropping a 4-3 match. Before the match started, the Darts were 3-0 and had three shutouts. Despite the loss, Phongsavath said it served as a good game to prepare for their rivals.
Most importantly for Davis and Viewmont is the play of each team’s senior class. Both classes are well aware that it will be the final time they will get to face each other in the regular season, and a win is something that will be remembered for whichever team is able to get the win.
“I think it’s a big thing, especially for them,” said Phongsavath. “They’ll have to come out and respond to that pressure. Anytime we’ve played Viewmont, it’s a different game and we’re prepared for it. I know these seniors don’t want to leave their senior year with a loss.”
Davis will carry over a little bit of momentum heading into Friday’s game, having won its previous match with a 2-0 shutout over the Vikings. Mitch Parkinson, a junior at the time, scored both of Davis’ goals as departed senior goalkeeper Mitch Jensen got the shutout at the net.
Viewmont, however, swept the season series in 2011 when the two schools were in Region 1 together. All of that will be remembered by both schools as they take the field, especially with the meeting being at Davis’ football field.
“The administration has been great in allowing us to use the new field,” said Phongsavath. “We actually have four games scheduled there this season, and I think that’s what the players will remember. The atmosphere of playing under the lights and having their friends there to watch the game is pretty exciting. It should be a lot of fun.”