The Vikings are 2-0 in Region 2 and 5-2 overall and will host West for homecoming. At stake, the driver’s seat for the Region 2 title.
“This is a big game for us,” said Viewmont coach Brad Lloyd. “West is very good and they are also 2-0 in Region play for this fun, exciting week.”
Lloyd pointed out that West is a team full of speed that runs a spread offense. He also noted standout Takken Aka as a player who can change a game very quickly.
“I actually coached Takken’s father so I know their family well,” said Lloyd, a West graduate himself. “Takken plays both sides of the ball and is seriously a double threat. He can break open a game on offense and help shut one down on defense.
“They like to get the ball to him.”
The West defense also returns an all-state linebacker who anchors what Lloyd expects to be a stingy, hard hitting group.
“They are very tough on defense and when you combine their speed and the way their players fly around to the ball and hit, we know we’re going to have to be at our best to win.”
The Vikings have continued to improve on the offensive side of the ball each week and Lloyd expects his team to be poised. He gave praise to the team for sticking to their game plan early on in pre-season as the new offense was being introduced and learned.
“I’m real proud of our guys because it was hard at first with the new offense,” Lloyd said. “Each week they have been getting better and better. Our linemen do a great job up front and that helps Josh Staples at quarterback.”
Staples continues to lead the Vikings with his calm demeanor and understanding of defensive schemes.
“Josh is so level-headed,” Lloyd said. “Nothing rattles him. Nothing really rattles any of these guys.”
Lloyd was quick to give credit to the defense of the Vikings for making this season successful. The preparation and commitment level by the defensive players has made it difficult for opponents.
“Roger Farnsworth, our defensive coordinator, does a great job of preparing the guys and then they just like to get out there and hit.”
“To win on Friday, we’ll need everyone coming to play and being focused.”
Adding to the intrigue of the game is that West has already defeated Kearns and Hunter, teams Viewmont will face in the last two weeks of the season.
Kickoff is Friday night at 7 p.m. at Viewmont High School.