At this rate, I could actually get a better record than the one I had last season, but there’s still a ways to go with the playoffs looming so we’ll see.
Four more games on the block this week as we continue with region action throughout the county.
If there was ever a good test for the Bountiful Braves football squad heading into next weeks brawl against Woods Cross, this is it.
Last year the Braves surprised the Region 6 community with a 21-0 win over the Leopards as the defense grounded the perennially good running game of East High. I’d like to say they can do it again, but this year’s game will be at East High, where the Leopards have flourished the past two seasons with very few losses.
A Braves win likely will mean a region title, but they still have to get through Woods Cross no matter what happens this week.
Davis took out its frustration against Layton last week after getting grounded by Fremont the week before.
The team’s seven points against the Silver Wolves was their lowest point output this year, and I don’t see that happening to them again for the rest of the regular season.
This year’s squad is definitely relying on its defense to carry them through the year, holding opponents to an average of less than 11 points per game. Anchored by Troy Hinds, Jackson Peacock and Rossitter Potter among others, the Darts have played well enough defensively to give the offense enough opportunities to score.
Look for the same to happen to Weber, who has allowed the most points in region play this season. Davis should win this game without much trouble.
Woods Cross: 31
Woods Cross will have to stop licking its wounds after the loss to Highland last week, where they were thrashed for 272 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.
And even though they allowed just three completions through the air, they all went for touchdowns against the Wildcats’ defense.
Once again this is a case where the offense has no trouble scoring points, as Skyler Farnes 404 yards passing and four touchdowns still weren’t enough to beat the Rams.
Clearfield has shown that they can score points against bad defenses despite the team’s 1-6 overall record. They scored 34 against East, 24 against Ogden and another 21 to Box Elder, winning one of those.
I believe the Wildcats will win here, but they’re going to have to be better defensively if they want any chance at beating the Braves next Friday.
Friday marks the first of three really tough tests for the Vikings this season as they take on the Panthers at home.
Both teams have similar 2-0 region records, but Viewmont’s pair of losses came against former Region 1 foes.
And good ones for that matter.
West was alternating wins and losses the entire year until last week’s win over Kearns.
The Panthers are another one of those teams that have scored a lot of points against teams with so-so or pretty bad defenses, while also being held to less than two touchdowns against good ones.
Viewmont has one of those good defenses this year, and ever since entering Region 2 after the realignment, they’ve put themselves in good positions to win each week.
A good win here means they’ll be in control in the battle for the Region 2 crown, and I believe they’ll hold down the fort at home and go 3-0 in region play.
Lots of good games still left in the regular season, with the Braves and Wildcats set to square off next week. This is the best time of year to start packing the seats for the rest of the season.
Last week: 4-0
For the year: 16-4-1