by Josh McFadden
Don’t look now, but first-year school Farmington is going to participate in the Class 5A state football tournament.
The brand-new program got off to a slow start this season but has picked up two region victories in the last three weeks. This past Friday, the Phoenix routed Bountiful 34-10 to move to 2-2 in Region 5, a game ahead of the Braves and two games ahead of winless Woods Cross, which Farmington beat on Sept. 21.
The Phoenix play this Friday at home against Roy in the region finale. Even if Farmington loses and Bountiful wins its last region contest at Viewmont, the Phoenix will have the tiebreaker to secure the fourth and final playoff spot, thanks to its big victory last week.
Against the Braves, the Phoenix jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Quarterback Wyatt Evertsen had a 2-yard plunge across the goal line, and Hayden Toone added to the total with a 30-yard touchdown run in the final seconds of the opening period. The score remained 14-0 at halftime until Bountiful’s Micah Pettit’s 25-yard field goal closed the gap to 14-3 midway through the third quarter.
That’s when Toone helped put the game away.
The junior running back had two more touchdowns. He first scored from a yard out at the end of the third quarter and then put an exclamation point on Farmington’s second win when he scored on a 25-yard run with under 10 minutes to play in the game. Though the extra point failed, it was still 27-3 for Farmington. For good measure, Andrew Quinton extended the lead to 34-3 with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown just a minute and a half later. The Braves fell to 1-3 in Region 5 and 3-5 overall.
Viewmont vs. Woods Cross
The Wildcats continue to struggle, but the Vikings remain in a first-place tie atop Region 5.
Viewmont defeated Woods Cross 41-20 last Friday, thanks to productive second and third quarters in which it scored 27 points. Woods Cross led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Tucker Goodfellow connected on a 35-yard field goal, and Jonah Johnson hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Carston Naegle.
It was all Viewmont after that.
Dutcher Lines threw a pair of touchdown passes, and Robert Summerhays scored two more ties on the ground for the Vikings. Summerhays racked up 176 yards and three TDs on the ground. Britton Anderson had 101 yards on three catches.
The loss spoiled a great statistical night for Naegle, who completed 31 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns. Two Wildcats had more than 100 yards receiving. Goodfellow snagged 11 passes for 175 yards, while Johnson had 10 catches for 104 yards.
The 0-4 Wildcats will miss the state tournament.
The Darts held on to get by Northridge last Friday 23-14 to move to 3-2 in Region 1. Though Davis is out of contention for a region championship, it will clinch a Class 6A state tournament berth with a win this Friday at Syracuse.
Davis started fast against Northridge, racing to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Will Ferrin booted a 42-yard field goal, while Garrett Larson threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Boston Green. Carston Christensen punctuated a productive first quarter with a 2-yard score.
Davis’ defense kept Northridge off the board the rest of the way.
Christensen churned out 125 yards on the ground on 37 workman-like carries on the night.