I ended last season with three wrong, disappointing forecasts, but had a 28-11 overall clip.
There are some good opening week games on the schedule for all four local schools, so without any more hesitation ...
Lone Peak 20
History says that this game will be a toss-up, because the teams have nearly split their 13 meetings since 2002.
Bountiful has a small edge thanks to its 31-21 win last season, and looks to clear up several key starting positions as they hit the field Friday at Lone Peak.
Being at home or away doesn’t seem to matter either, as each has claimed victories on the other team’s field during the now 12-year annual meeting.
I like the Braves for a couple of reasons: they’re returning several key players from last year’s team, and they have the option to open up the passing game a bit more, as mentioned in last week’s Fall Sports Preview section. If you missed it, you can download your copy for free online at davisclipper.com.
I give the Braves the edge, and with a win over the Knights, a two-game streak to go with it.
Woods Cross 17
Maple Mountain 21
This will be the first meeting between the Wildcats and the Golden Eagles, and that meant doing a little research on Woods Cross’ opening opponent.
Woods Cross returns a handful of key players on offense, so it will be interesting to see how the new crop of players goes through Justin Spencer’s system.
Both schools run a spread offense, so expect a lot of passes with a mixture of the run game in between.
The key component for Woods Cross in this game will be defense. The Wildcats return five significant players to a team that shut out four opponents last year, so they know how win on that side of the ball.
However, Maple Mountain has gotten a lot better in a short amount of time, so the team shouldn’t be overlooked.
I’m picking Maple Mountain, but maybe Woods Cross will prove me wrong.
Copper Hills 7
This pick comes down to one simple historical fact: Davis has a history of winning, and Copper Hills doesn’t.
In fact, winning isn’t quite in the dictionary for the Grizzlies football team, which has averaged fewer than three wins per season since opening in 1995.
They have a new coach, a new system, and pretty much a new everything as they attempt to bring in the victories.
Davis is, well, Davis. They’re led by a good coaching staff and have been winning in a tough region for many years.
The short and simple pick goes to the Darts. If Davis does lose, I’d be shocked.
Bonneville is another one of those teams that has a new coach this season, and building a program with a new coach takes time.
Viewmont’s control of the line of scrimmage will come in handy on offense, but the defensive line will really have to work hard to down the quarterback if they want to have success Friday night.
The Vikings are at home and will take advantage of that opportunity for the win.
That victory will certainly spark the team for their next opponent, Bountiful.
Until next week.