The time where every sports fan gets geared up for cheering for their local teams in the 4A and 5A football playoffs.
And while the soccer playoffs in both classifications are near completion (the finals scheduled for this Friday), all four of the south Davis County team’s will be gearing up for their resepective opponents after battling through another tough regular season.
And there are some intriguing matchups that could happen along the way.
Viewmont, now the region champions from Region 2, will host a playoff game against the Region 4, No. 4 team, likely to be Riverton or American Fork.
Either way, the fact that the Vikings are hosting a playoff game is exciting enough for fans that they’re likely to pack the seats early in order to watch their team fight to advance.
The Darts went from the No. 2 to the No. 3 seed out of Region 1, falling one game short of hosting a first round game against either Jordan or Brighton.
With all of their games likely over, the Darts will have to wait until Thursday to see if they have to travel to Cottonwood or Alta.
Bountiful again will benefit from an opening round home playoff game after beating Woods Cross to claim a solo No. 2 seed from Region 6. Their opponent could be Maple Mountain or Orem.
Orem is a team they’ve had recent succeess with, so a match up with them will give an extra spark to the team.
The toughest road heading to the playoffs will be Woods Cross, who are coming back to the playoffs after barely missing them last season.
The Region 8 champion Timpview Thunderbirds will await the high-scoring Woods Cross offense, scoring the second highest points among Region 6 teams this season.
Either way, there are some fun match ups coming our way for the local teams, and I like the fact that some of these match ups may lead to a couple of upsets.
The Wildcats have a chance to reach the quarter finals, much like the way they reached them in 2009. Region 6 is pretty strong from the Wildcats up, so they could be well prepared for the Thunderbirds with an extra week to prepare.
This also reminds me of the World Series that kicked off Wednesday night. There we’ll have two very tough teams fighting for the championship with different story lines.
The Cardinals, making their 18th appearance in the Fall Classic, were left for dead nearly six weeks ago and are now the National League representative.
The Rangers, who are back for another run at the title, were a strong enough team to get through a pair of really tough opponents in order to make their second consecutive appearance.
And the individual stories among both teams goes deeper than that, with great features on upcoming and veteran players that could determine the one thing that gives the team the World Series title.
Yes, it’s a fantastic time to be a sports fan right now.
Unless, of course, you’re a fan of the NBA. But I’ll leave that one for another time.
In the meantime, pull up a chair and grab a few hot dogs and a soda.