Well, Hewlett may have changed right from his uniform into his church clothes after the Vikings pulled off a stunning 29-2 rout over cross-town rival Bountiful Friday night in front of the home crowd.
“I can’t wait to go to church Sunday so people can ask me about this game!” Hewlett said. “I’ve been sick of the questions about the losses, so this will be great!”
The Vikes scored with 41 seconds left in the first quarter as Carson Shepherd connected on a 41-yard field goal. Viewmont extended the lead to 10-0 when Josh Staples, who played his best game of the season, found Hewlett for a two-yard toss. The PAT was good by Shepherd.
After a Viewmont punt was fumbled by Bountiful and recovered by the Vikings’ Bryant Dixon with 15 seconds left in the first half, it was Shepherd’s foot again, pushing Viewmont’s lead to 13-0.
Bountiful’s lone score came when Viewmont went to punt and the snap sailed over Shepherd’s head. He kicked it out of the back of the end zone, giving up the 2-point safety rather than a touchdown to Bountiful.
Another Bountiful fumble on a punt return was recovered by Viewmont’s Dan England on the 25-yard line.
Staples and Jake Gibbs teamed up on a pass play to the 15-yard line and then Staples found Hewlett for the duo’s second score of the night. The PAT was good, and Viewmont had dodged a bullet, then scored in a manner of minutes.
The Viking defensive front of Tanner Palmer, Colton Steele, Braden Waiters, Logan Edmunds, and Jordan Oldroyd stuffed the Braves again. Viewmont took the ball back and scored once more. This time it was Evans bolting around the corner for a 26-yard score.
And the celebration was on in Viking Land.
“This is great,” Evans said. “I’m so happy we got this for Coach (Brad) Lloyd. He has stayed positive with our team even as we have struggled and helped us have positive energy tonight.”
“Our line was amazing. The holes were huge, and we all just believed good things were going to happen and they did tonight.”
Coach Lloyd was beaming after the victory, watching the student body celebrate with his team. It’s not a secret Lloyd’s time at Viewmont has not been easy, but on this night he was able to enjoy the victory.
“Isn’t this great?” he said. “Our boys have been through so much, and I know Bountiful was missing a couple of good players but the credit goes to our guys. We’ve been banged up all year, and our linemen are learning and coming together. This team won’t give up, and it showed its heart tonight.”
Bountiful coach Larry Wall praised the Vikings.
“Viewmont came out and just dominated every facet of the game,” Wall said. “I don’t know why we weren’t ready.
“Give Viewmont credit. They came out and took it to us tonight.”