After last week’s Brigham Young University/Utah football game ended with a Utah victory, rivalry week in high school football is now on the forefront of everyone’s mind, at least in south Davis County.
When I saw that the schedule this week had the Bountiful/Woods Cross and the Davis/Viewmont football games, I was excited and worried.
It’s a good point during the football season for all four schools.
But now that Friday night draws closer, I’m scratching my head as to which game to attend.
If I only had a clone.
Davis, now 5-0 and seemingly ready to claim a top seed heading into the playoffs, welcomes back the Vikings for the first time in three seasons in Region 1.
The schools have been at each other’s throats for years. No matter the sport, both sides couldn’t wait to face the other.
It’s one of those rivalries where the players and students likely have the game circled and underlined a hundred times in red ink on a calendar.
The Bountiful/Woods Cross game, however, has a bit more riding on it than simple bragging rights.
The Braves and Wildcats each have a win in region play, but Woods Cross’ loss to East two weeks ago puts the Wildcats in a precarious position.
Woods Cross will need to triumph Friday to avoid “must win” games for the rest of the season.
The Highland team is next on its schedule, for example.
High School rivalry games are always fun to watch, regardless of when they occur. When I was at Northridge, our main rival my junior and senior year was Clearfield.
One of those years the Knights lost, but won the rest of their region games in order to claim a share of the region title.
The other year, Northridge’s victory over Clearfield early in the year proved to be a stepping stone in what was a Region 1 crown and a near berth in the 5A semi-final game.
That rivalry is now gone with Clearfield’s move to Region 6, and Layton High School, which is just a hop, skip and a jump away, is probably the main rival now.
Around this end of the county, however, the two main rivalries are obvious.
Davis and Viewmont, which haven’t liked each other for who knows how long, were able to rekindle that hatred thanks to the Utah High School Activities Association aligning them in Region 1 together.
That disdain was made more evident by the most recent girls’ soccer game between the Darts and Vikings last Thursday.
The game was just as physical as the first meeting, and fans on both sides were about ready to either jump on each other or at the referee.
That isn’t always the case with certain rivals, but it happens from time to time, as it should.
Enjoy Rivalry Week, high school style.