A season which so far hasn’t produced any wins, though not for a lack of effort on the players part.
During Friday night’s game against the Knights, the Vikings played another hard fought game and had some promise that will have fans looking at this team in a different light heading into the future.
The Vikings still fell; however, 30-7.
Viewmont’s defense continued to fight hard during the first quarter, as they held Northridge to a field goal attempt in the Knights’ first possession. The kick was missed due to pressure given by the Viking special teams.
Northridge was able to score a touchdown on its next possession, going seven plays and 80 yards for the score.
The drive was capped off by a 52-yard touchdown pass from Knight quarterback Trent Buckley to Shaymus Bertagnolli. The extra point was missed to make the score 6-0.
After a fumbled punt attempt by Viewmont gave the Knights good field position at the Viking 12-yard line, Northridge scored again on a 12-yard touchdown run from Brock Johnson on the very next play. The Knights converted the two-point attempt to make the score 14-0 for Northridge to end the first quarter.
Viewmont held the Knights at bay defensively in the second quarter. However, with five minutes left to play in the half, the Knights scored again on five yard touchdown run by Jordan Lee to make the score 21-0.
Northridge tacked on a field goal to make the score 24-0 at the half.
Not lost in the fray for the Vikings offense was Haden Heath, who at the half had three catches for 73 yards, including a 50-yard catch on a trick play with the pass coming from Jake Gibbs on a halfback option pass.
The Vikings started the second half holding the Knights from scoring the entire quarter, while they added a touchdown themselves to cut the deficit to 24-7.
Haden Heath caught a five yard touchdown pass from Josh Staples that capped off a 77 yard drive lasting 13 plays. Staples made a couple of key passes on a few long yardage situations that assisted the Vikings to the end zone.
Northridge capped off the scoring for the night on another five-yard touchdown run, again by Lee, but had the extra point blocked by McCade Tracy to make the final score 30-7.
Defensively the Vikings played very well. On two occasions where they held Northridge to field goal attempts, the pressure from the Vikings forced one kick wide left and another to hit the left upright.
With the blocked extra point on the final touchdown by the Knights, the Vikings subsequently prevented seven points from going the Knights way.
Heath finished with seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown for Viewmont in the losing effort.
Northridge is now 5-0 (3-0 Region 1) and will take on Davis for first place after the Darts were victorious against the Lancers Friday night. Viewmont falls to 0-5 overall and will take on Bountiful at home Friday.