Davis and Viewmont both went as predicted, and Bountiful ended up taking care of business in probably one of the best games in recent history, with 9,000 pairs of eyes to prove it.
This week is another shortened games week with Bountiful taking on Viewmont, so let’s get started.
There are a couple of things to say about these two teams heading into Friday’s matchup, so I’ll go one team at a time.
The Braves have been nothing but dominant ever since it’s opening game three point loss to a very good Lone Peak team that is now sitting with a 4-1 record.
On defense, the Braves allowed the most points they have given up this year when they played their toughest game of the year so far. Woods Cross was very close to coming up with another victory, but defense prevailed for the Braves in the end.
Viewmont is still on hard times this season and fans can expect that to continue this year. They do have a lot of heart when they play, no matter what the opponent, but it has been very difficult for the Vikings to put anything together on offense.
They put up 28 points against a Layton defense that has allowed almost 23 points a game this year. Bountiful’s defense has only allowed nine points per game, so expect the Braves to perform as normal on defense and win this game to keep their streak going.
This just in: the defense of Northridge is for real. After they initial game against Sky View when they gave up 17 points, they haven’t allowed anyone else to come close (save Syracuse’s effort the following week).
The Knights dominant defense has proven to be the cog that keeps the offense putting up a lot of points. The Knights special teams have been playing well also, as they have helped the Knights start with very good field position even on deep punt return attempts.
Davis has been playing well with its defense since the season began. Even though they only scored six points against the Syracuse Titans, the Darts still prevailed and have yet to allow more than 14 points to any opponent this season.
The offense remains tremendous for Davis as they continue to make another deep run into the state playoffs. Tyrel Day has turned into the new Tanner Hinds in the back field, and Daniel Moffett remains Gavin Fowler’s favorite target as they continue to put points on the board.
This game will come down to which defense will have the better game. Look for Davis to win this one, but it will be close.
Woods Cross: 17
After the Leopards opened up Region 6 play putting up 48 points against a still young Stansbury team, I was a bit skeptical about the offense’s ability to really put up points, especially looking at its non-region games.
But after taking Olympus to the cleaners last week with another 40-plus point output, I think the Leopards are for real right now.
The running tandem of Tanner Curtis and Liti Molisi have already combined for more than 1,000 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns, with Curtis holding 11 of them.
Curtis also has a decently accurate arm, completing 58 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns through the air.
The Wildcats are still heading in the wrong direction after showing they can put up a lot of points. The offense still isn’t an issue as far as fans can see. Anthony Kendrick and Masei Sauni have still been a great running back tandem for coach Fred Fernandes on offense, while Tyler Parson is nearing 1,000 yards through the air.
Darchon Taggart is still a favorite target of Parson. He now has 503 yards receiving with five touchdowns and leads the team by more than three times that of Adam Hales, who has 167 yards receiving.
The defense still remains a question for Woods Cross. Though they have shown improvement since giving up 42 points to Mountain Crest, they are still allowing just enough points to end up on the short side of the scoreboard the last three weeks.
The defense will really have its hands full against the Leopards, and I don’t expect the Wildcats to score much this game either. Expect Woods Cross to come up short again this week.
Let’s see if the perfection can continue. Some games are getting a lot tougher to call in recent weeks, and with region races continuing, it will be tough to call some the rest of the way.
Last week: 3-0
For the year: 14-5