In a much-anticipated Region 2 opener between the Vikings and Region 2 foe Granger in West Valley City, Viewmont used its tenacity and nasty hitting ability to knock off the much bigger Lancers 28-7. The game left Viewmont coach Brad Lloyd all smiles.
“This is probably the best we have played all year,” Lloyd said. “The guys are not comfortable in this offense and they understand on both sides of the ball that if each person does their job they will all be successful.”
Quarterback Josh Staples was a standout among an entire Viking squad that dominated the game right from the start.
Staples’ first of three touchdowns came through the air to his favorite target, Haden Heath, on a 3-yard toss with Heath leaping to grab the ball.
“Haden is a big target and he does a great job of getting in good position when the ball is in the air,” Lloyd said.
The second score showed the diversity of Viewmont’s team as Levi Hinds picked off a Granger pass on the Lancer’s 36 yard line. Hinds’ run back got the Vikes back in business.
Staples’ picked up 16 yards to move the ball to within nine yards before Parker Bealer dragged five Lancer defenders to the 1 yard line.
On the next play Braiden Waiters was met by a host of Granger players, but the wily running back bounced outside and like his teammate dragged defenders over the goal line.
The Vikings continued to smack around Granger as Cole Jacobs picked off a pass with 5:33 to play in the third quarter.
His run after the interception set up a Staples’ pass to Mitch Dalley for a 33 yard scoring strike. The PAT gave Viewmont a 21-0 lead.
The final score for Viewmont came after Dalley blocked a Granger field goal attempt and Colton Hadley scooped up the ball and ran it down to the Lancer 43 yard line.
A few plays later Viewmont’s offensive line opened a massive running gap and Staples scampered in for a 28-0 lead.
Granger’s lone score came with minutes left in the game.
Lloyd praised his team’s defensive effort saying, “Our front three were not near as big as the Granger players, but they didn’t let that intimidate them and they got in and really made their offense uncomfortable,” Lloyd said. “Once that started happening the rest of our defenders were able to do their jobs and we just really hit hard. I think we might have surprised them a bit with how hard our guys can hit.
“Each week our defense has shut down teams that come in with lofty offensive numbers. Our coaches and players prepare and get the job done.”