Viewmont, Woods Cross fall short in football openersAug 19, 2021 10:49AM ● By Josh McFadden
Viewmont’s Degan LeRoy (10) goes down after the completed pass. The Vikings fell to Logan 20-16 in the season opener.
The arrival of football is one of the first signs that autumn is coming – even if temperatures outside are still in the high 90s. High school football is back, and a pair of Region 5 teams from Davis County will be looking for redemption in week two.
The Vikings entered this season on the heels of a challenging 1-7 campaign a year ago. Viewmont nearly equaled last year’s win total by pulling out a victory last Friday against Logan. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they were just a few points away from coming out on top.
Viewmont fell to Logan 20-16 in front of a home crowd. Things looked good early on, with the Vikings getting off to a 9-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Hayden Lange connected with Mike Matuli on a 33-yard touchdown pass four minutes into the game. Two minutes later, Viewmont added two points on a safety.
The second quarter saw Logan climb to within 9-8 on a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. Viewmont countered with a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Luke Jacobs just over 2 ½ minutes before the break.
The second half belonged to Logan.
Trailing 16-8, Logan scored a pair of second-half touchdowns while shutting out the Vikings. In defeat, Jacobs had 78 yards on the ground, while teammate Elias Uesele added 67 yards rushing on just nine carries. Jacobs had a tough time in the passing department, as Logan held him to 47 yards on eight completions. Uesele had a team-high four catches.
Viewmont plays at Hillcrest this Friday.
Having gone just 2-9 last season, the Wildcats were looking to get off to a good start to the season. Woods Cross will have to wait another week for a win.
West Jordan used a strong 14-point first quarter to get a jump on the Wildcats. Woods Cross could never catch up and eventually found itself down 35-6 late in the game. The final was 35-14.
Canton Naegle had a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to cut the margin to 14-6. But the Jaguars reeled off 21 straight points to put the game away. With four minutes left to play, the Wildcats got on the board again, thanks to a 5-yard run from Kelvan Malepeai. Naegle ran in a two-point conversion to account for his team’s final score.
The Wildcats had a rough outing on defense, as West Jordan racked up 496 yards of offense.
This Friday, Woods Cross hosts Skyridge.