by Josh McFadden
Across the state, high school football has been in full swing for five weeks. But in some places, the all-important region wars are just beginning.
Viewmont vs. Farmington
The Vikings continued their trend of losing and then winning. Last week, they moved to 3-0 on the year and won the region opener with a 42-12 victory over Farmington.
Viewmont started off slowly, as the Phoenix hung in there during the first half. The Vikings held a slim 14-6 advantage on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dutcher Lines to Britton Anderson and a 2-yard run from Robert Summerhays. Farmington scored on a 41-yard punt return from Nick Shirley in the second quarter but missed the extra point.
The second half belonged to Viewmont, as it outscored the Phoenix 28-6. Farmington actually got to within 14-12 early in the third, thanks to a 36-yard fumble return for a TD by Parker Frasure. The two-point conversion failed. It was 28 points in a row from that point for the Vikings.
Summerhays had a monster game. The senior running back, carried the ball 33 times for 225 yards. In all, the Vikings amassed 299 yards on the ground. Lines had 225 yards passing, meaning Viewmont accumulated 524 yards of total offense. Bountiful
The Braves fell to 2-3 overall and dropped their first game of region play with a narrow 21-20 loss to Box Elder in a double-overtime thriller.
The defenses dominated most of the way. The score was knotted at 7-7 at the half and remained that way going into the fourth quarter. Following a Box Elder touchdown, Bountiful evented things at 14 apiece with less than three minutes to play in regulation when Brig Willard hit Hudson Gallagher for a 22-yard score.
The Wildcat defense struggled last week in the team’s 58-28 loss to Roy. A disastrous second half did Woods Cross in.
Woods Cross held a 21-17 lead at halftime but saw Roy go on a devastating 41-7 run over the final 24 minutes to run away with the game. Quarterback Carston Naegle threw three touchdown passes in a losing cause.
In Region 1 play, the Darts came up short for the first time this season, falling to Fremont 21-14 in front of a home crowd.
It was a back-and-forth game, with Davis overcoming a 14-0 hole to tie the score at 14 apiece in the fourth quarter. Trey Baggett had a pair of touchdown catches from Garrett Larson, one in the second quarter and one in the fourth. But Fremont took the lead for good with three minutes left in the contest, and Davis couldn’t counter.