The narrow loss the Wildcats took kept me from another perfect week, but I’ll live with having one already early in the season.
Four games this week as Davis, Bountiful and Woods Cross kick of region action and Viewmont has another preseason game.
Bountiful is entering Region 6 having gone 1-3 in its non region games and looking sluggish on both sides of the ball.
But the best thing about Bountiful teams in the past has been this: they always perform when the games really start to count.
Having to kick off the region schedule with Cyprus is a blessing, as the Pirates were outscored 87-17 the past two games and have given up an average of 34 points in their first four games of the year.
Despite the Pirates move from 5A to 4A, there hasn’t been much change in the team’s performance. It may change, but not against the Braves.
I expect everybody on the Braves team to have a good day Friday night and improve to 1-0 in Region 6 play.
The battles between the Davis Darts and Syracuse Titans have been close ever since the Titans came into existence.
Many of the team’s games have come down to a touchdown or less, and I don’t see much changing here.
Last year the Darts battled to a 6-0 victory that was a defensive game for the ages. While most of the offense is gone from that game, Davis’ new look will likely have Syracuse on its heels to begin the game.
The Titans went through the preseason with an unblemished record while giving up just under 12 points per contest on defense. Their schedule was drastically different (playing two 4A and one 3A team) from the Darts’ (who played all 5A teams), leading me to believe they won’t be ready for Davis this week.
Woods Cross: 24
The Wildcats get the unfortunate opportunity of having to play the Leopards in the first region game of the year.
Woods Cross ended the preseason with a 2-2 split with both losses coming by less than a touchdown combined (three points to Viewmont, two to Highland, Idaho).
The Leopards, meanwhile, ransacked through their schedule and finished 4-0 while scoring 30 points per game.
If the score looks familiar it should. It’s the exact score that Woods Cross was on the short end of last season, and I don’t see a lot of change coming this year despite the team’s improved offensive performance so far.
The Vikings have done well this season so far, beating Woods Cross and Bountiful in thrilling fashion while fighting to every last second in their loss to Davis.
But don’t let Lehi’s record fool anyone. They’re 2-2 this preseason but have scored no fewer than 20 points in any game. They even put up 40 points and still took a loss in the second week of the season.
I’m a little worried about Viewmont’s defense in this one, despite their strong preseason performance. Will they be able to sustain an offense that has averaged 37 points per game so far?
I’m discounting their 56-point performance specifically because it was against Payson, but I don’t like the Vikings’ odds here.
There should be quite a few close games this week, so wherever you’re headed I hope it’s fun. Until next time.
Last week: 2-1
For the year: 9-3-1