LAYTON — For the third straight season, the Bountiful High School football team will battle the Layton Lancers in a non-region game.
They meet on the gridiron Friday night at Layton High School.
Although the two teams will meet in the middle of playing through region games, both are heading in a positive direction.
Layton won its last two games over Clearfield and Fremont, respectively, and is now 2-2 on the season.
Last week’s win over the Silver Wolves wasn’t decided until the third overtime, when the Lancers scored a touchdown and converted a two-point try for a 15-7 win.
Bountiful, also at 2-2, opened its Region 6 schedule with a dominating victory over Clearfield last Friday, 44-7.
Braves coach Larry Wall said that even though Layton game falls in an unusual place on the schedule, the team will be as prepared for the Lancers as any other team on its schedule.
“We’re going to approach it like every other game,” he said. “No matter who you play, you have to be prepared for every opportunity you get to collect a win.”
Last week against Clearfield, the Braves took care of business by scoring 30 points in the first half, and forced the “running clock” rule until early in the third quarter.
All of Bountiful’s playmakers had big games as well. Tanner Redding, the team’s leading receiver, scored three touchdowns and had an interception on defense against the Falcons.
Through Week 4, the senior has 312 yards receiving and six of the seven total receiving touchdowns.
In the passing game, senior quarterbacks Jordan Hayes and Trevor Lloyd continue to split time. Combined they have thrown for seven touchdowns against just two interceptions.
Wall said both will continue to alternate play under center.
“They are as good as we’ve had in a long time,” he said, “and that’s why we’ll continue to have them both out there.”
Hayes has also seen playing time on defense, getting an interception last week against the Falcons. He is also second on the team in tackles with 20.
Houston Heimuli and Max Latu have led the ground game for the Braves. The backfield duo has combined to rush for 346 yards and five Bountiful’s six rushing touchdowns.
Heimuli has four of the five, and has taken the bulk of the carries so far.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.