by Josh McFadden
Two weeks ago, Davis and Viewmont picked up victories in its football games, while Bountiful dropped a narrow 21-20 heartbreaker. Last week was a tough one for the three local squads. Not only did Bountiful once again lose in tight fashion, but the Vikings lost for the first time in region play.
The Vikings entered last week in a three-way tie for the Region 5 lead, thanks to their victory over Farmington on Sept. 14. One of those league leaders was Box Elder, and the two squads matched up last Friday in a key road contest for Viewmont.
It was a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire.
Box Elder prevailed 36-34 in a three-overtime thriller that featured big plays and clutch moments for both squads. It took the Vikings some time to get going, but quarterback Dutcher Lines led his team to the tune of 271 yards through the air on 27 or 49 passing. Lines was also the Vikings’ primary ball carrier, amassing 90 yards on 15 carries. More importantly, he scored four of the team’s five touchdowns and played a role in the fifth.
Trailing 7-0 at the half, Lines and his teammates went to work. The senior signal caller scored from a yard out early in the third quarter and then connected with Noah Montoya on a 17-yard touchdown passes. Gabe Johnson made both extra points, and Vikings were up 14-7. Box Elder responded with a 78-yard touchdown run to knot things up at the end of the third quarter.
That’s when things got crazy.
The defenses stiffened in the fourth, as neither team go on the board. The game went into overtime, and both squads found the end zone in the extra session. Viewmont struck first, thanks to Lines’ legs. He found pay dirt from 18 yards out to put Viewmont up 21-14. Box Elder tied the score with its own overtime touchdown. In the second overtime, Box Elder scored first, but Lines ran one in from 25 yards out to make it 28-28.
In the third overtime, Lines recorded with fourth touchdown. Rules state that teams must go for a two-point conversion beginning in the third overtime. The Vikings’ conversion failed, leaving the score at 34-28. Box Elder converted on its third-overtime possession and also was successful going for two.
The Braves fell to Roy last Friday, 24-21, despite taking an early 14-0 lead.
Roy scored all 21 of its points in the second quarter and shut out the Braves in the second half. Bountiful had a big highlight on defense in the second quarter when Sam Nafus picked off a Roy pass and returned it 35 yards for a score. Josh Welling’s 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter knotted things up at 21-21 at the half. Roy made a fourth-quarter field goal to win the game.
The Braves are now 0-2 in league play and 2-4 overall.
The Darts had a rare bye last week. They’ll put their 2-1 Region 1 mark on the line this Friday at home against Weber.