I’m on a roll, claiming another set of wins last week.
The games get tougher as the regular season draws closer to its end, but that means they’re also getting more exciting for fans.
This week, Region 1 football games will kickoff Thursday night as Viewmont travels to Layton and Davis heads to Northridge.
Friday night will see Bountiful head to Cyprus High School to face the Pirates and Woods Cross stay at home to face Kearns.
The Lancers have had a relatively easy road in their intial Region 1 games.
Even though the team is 2-1 in region play, they haven’t looked as good against the lower-echelon teams as they should.
They’ve also shown plenty of weaknesses against better teams this season.
It took the Lancers three overtimes to squeak out an eight-point victory over Fremont. They followed that game by allowing 31 and 28 points to Bountiful and Syracuse, respectively.
Both games ended in losses.
The Vikings have continued to struggle in their return to the region. They haven’t picked up a win in region play, and have been shutout in their last three games.
They’ve also allowed at least 34 points to each of its last six opponents.
The Vikings will get a region win this season, I’m sure. But against Layton, they’re likely to see more struggles.
This will probably be the closest football game anyone will see as the Darts head to Northridge High School this week.
Davis, which had a bye week last week, is looking solid with a 6-0 record and hasn’t surrendered more than 14 points to any opponent this season.
The defense also has a pair of shutouts, most recently against Viewmont, and have nowhere to go but up as the season wanes.
Northridge is one of those teams that has a lot of offensive firepower; however, all of its region wins have come against the bottom teams in the region.
They also have losses to Syracuse, Logan and Olympus, all playoff teams from last season.
Davis wins this game for two reasons: solid defense and an extra week of preparation and healing time.
The Braves got right back on the horse last week by running over, around, and through Kearns’ defense for an easy victory.
The Pirates were able to pick up a Region 6 win last week, but played a struggling Clearfield team.
The Braves once again showed why they will be a team to beat once they make the playoffs, and have gone back to running the football more once they’re able to maintain a solid lead.
The key for Bountiful is not to be too confident once they get the big lead. Against Kearns, the Braves scored 35 points by the end of the third quarter, but allowed two touchdowns in the fourth quarter during “garbage time.”
I like the Braves either way.
Woods Cross: 42
Whatever is in the water at Woods Cross High School, the football team may want to have some more.
The team’s defense is the biggest attribution to their success. They haven’t allowed more than 21 points in six of seven games this season, all of which turned into wins.
Against Highland, the Wildcats took apart the Rams running game by allowing just one touchdown on the ground, proof that they will be ready for the option offense once they see it again.
Wildcats should win easily.
Until next week.
Last week: 3-0
This season: 20-3