Pigskin about to fly: Prep football begins this weekend
By Josh McFadden
For rabid football fans, the dog days of summer can drag on. But never fear, football isn’t far off all.
Local high school teams kick off the 2018 campaign this weekend.
There will be a full slate of games across the state this Friday, but Davis County fans will have their eyes on Davis, Viewmont, Bountiful, Woods Cross and Farmington, a brand-new school starting play this season.
Davis vs. Bountiful
The Class 6A Darts will once again compete in Region 1. This region has the most teams in 6A and ties Class 4A’s Region 9 for the most in the state. This means Davis will have fewer non-league games than most teams, so the Darts will get into the meat of their schedule quickly.
The Darts and Bountiful Braves will square off this Friday at 7 p.m. in both teams’ season opener. The Darts had a rough season last year, going just 1-8 overall. They hope to get off to a good start this season but will have to do so against a team they lost to in last season’s opener, 27-2.
The Braves, from Class 5A’s Region 5, went 5-6 last season and lost to Corner Canyon 24-21 in the first round of the state tournament.
Viewmont won Region 5 last season, going undefeated in its four games. The Vikings were upset, however, by Jordan in the first round of the state tournament, 28-20.
The Vikings are eager to take on Region 1’s Northridge to kick of the season this Friday. The two teams meet at Northridge at 7 p.m. Viewmont edged the Knights 17-14 in the first game of the season last year. In fact, this will be the fourth year in a row the two schools have played to open the season.
Northridge is coming off a 6-4 season.
On the heels of a 7-5 season, Woods Cross will be looking to beat Maple Mountain for the second consecutive year. The Wildcats routed Maple Mountain 31-10 in last year’s debut game.
Like last season, the Wildcats will host Maple Mountain in this season’s opener. The Golden Eagles, out of Region 8, struggled last season, not picking up a single win. Opponents outscored them 528-99.