Week One of high school football kicked off with a bang as high schools state-wide got their seasons off and running.
A 3-1 week to start the season isn’t so bad, the only loss coming when I picked Bountiful to lose to Lone Peak (oops).
This week is a rivalry game between in-town rivals Viewmont and Bountiful.
Woods Cross stays home for the second straight week and will host 3A state champion Judge Memorial, and Davis will hit the road to take on Hunter.
Let’s get started.
Both teams are coming off impressive wins as they set to battle each other at Viewmont High School Friday night, but Bountiful’s return to the running game could make all the difference in the end.
Viewmont does have a new offensive coordinator who is familiar to some in Jeff Jorgensen, and the offense has shown some immediate improvement in the Vikings’ 21-point victory over Bonneville.
However, Bountiful’s return to the football field showed a few fans that the Braves are dead set on returning to the running game.
Houston Heimuli and Kaden Simmonds each rushed for two touchdowns, with Heimuli getting 22 carries and 160 yards.
A return to old form at Bountiful will likely carry them to victory here as well.
Woods Cross: 35
Judge Memorial: 14
The Wildcats have done nothing but improve every week since head coach Justin Spencer took over the team two years ago.
Woods Cross’s main emphasis since then has been its defense, which allowed the second fewest points in the region and was in the top five among all defenses in 4A last year.
Judge Memorial may be the defending state champions in the 3A classification, but one of its two losses last year came against the Wildcats.
Woods Cross relied heavily on Tomasi Giles on offense. Giles scored three times to help the Wildcats beat Maple Mountain last week, so look for him to possibly make another impact play or two on offense.
The defense will do what it does best and hold the Bulldogs at bay.
Woods Cross will likely get ahead early in order to knock the Bulldogs off their game plan.
Wildcats win again.
Interim coach Tyler Gladwell got the defending 5A champs to open the season and they weren’t so kind to the Darts on their home turf.
Hunter looked pretty solid against Layton, but has struggled in its preseason games either by intent or by simply getting its team put together before region play comes.
The Wolverines have split their non-region games at 2-2 in the past three seasons, and have lost to Davis in each of the last three games played.
Look for the Darts to rebound from their tough loss and get a win this week.
Until next time.
Last week: 3-1