Braves’ win means a No. 3 seed heading into 4A state playoffs
BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – The Bountiful Braves and Highland Rams football teams will square off Friday night at Bountiful High School.
The game will be important for both teams, as the third and fourth place seedings will be determined for whichever team wins Friday night’s region finale.
“We’ve felt like we’ve been in playoff mode for the past few weeks,” said Braves coach Larry Wall. “But the more important thing we look at is the fact that it’s our last home game. We want to be able to get the win, in front of our home crowd.”
Last week against East, the Braves were in a position to possibly claim a No. 2 seed ahead of Woods Cross.
But the 49-14 loss dropped them into a tie for the No. 3 spot with the Rams, and both are 3-2 in Region 6 play heading into Friday night’s game.
Braves fans and players received some good news last week, despite the loss. Receiver Tanner Redding, who hadn’t played since the rivalry game against Woods Cross, returned to the field against the Leopards last week.
His appearance was crucial, said Wall, as he is one of the team’s captains and a threat every time he steps on the field.
“People look for him when he’s out there,” he said. “He’s a big part of our team, and we’re happy to have him back; both the coaches and the players.”
Redding caught five passes for 42 yards and one of Bountiful’s two touchdowns against East last week.
Wall reiterated that he was proud of the way the players played last week, and added that the players “weren’t intimidated just because it was East.”
Against Highland, the Braves will have their hands full once again. The Rams, according to Wall, not only run a similar offense, but also a similar defense to the Leopards.
“There are some things that we were able to do against East last week that we think we’ll be able to do against Highland,” he said. “The players are really excited to get out there and play, and I’m sure the Highland players are looking forward to playing against us as well.”
Last year, the Braves beat the Rams at Highland High School in overtime, 30-27.
“I’m sure some of the players remember that,” said Wall. “So they’ll probably be looking to do the same thing to us this year.”
Either way, Bountiful will, at the very least, be on the road for its initial playoff game.
Kickoff for Friday night’s game is 7 p.m.