Farmington beats Davis is Region 1 football; Bountiful maintains region leadOct 08, 2021 12:21PM ● By Josh McFadden
Crosstown rivals always bring out the best in each other as they face-off like Bountiful and Viewmont did Friday night. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
For the first time in its brief history, Farmington High School became region opponents of crosstown school Davis this season when the Phoenix moved to Region 1 from Region 5.
The teams’ first game as region rivals was a big one last Friday.
Farmington emerged victorious, winning 31-10 to move into second place in Region 1 with a 3-1 record. Davis fell to 2-2 in league play and 4-4 overall. The Phoenix are now 5-3 in all games this season. They now trail Weber by one game in the league standings. Farmington is eighth in the RPI rankings; Davis is 12th. The state tournament will begin Oct. 22.
In the matchup last Friday, Farmington trailed 10-7 early in the second quarter after Davis scored on the first play of the quarter. From there, it was all Farmington. The Phoenix went ahead 14-10 with just over nine minutes to play in the first half when Easton White hit Kenyon Brown for a 24-yard touchdown pass. Farmington was never threatened again.
The Phoenix capped off the first half with a 20-yard field goal from Gavin Jensen to make it 17-10 at halftime. Farmington scored a touchdown in the third quarter and another in the fourth. White and Brown hooked up once again for the first score in the second half, this time from 12 yards out. In the fourth quarter, White hit Caden Reynolds on an 11-yard TD pass for the quarterback’s third touchdown toss of the day.
The special teams had gotten into the act much earlier in the game. Cannon Toone ran back a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-3 for Farmington halfway through the first quarter.
Brown had a big day for Farmington. In addition to his two receiving touchdowns, he had 13 carries for 119 yards. Reynolds had 13 carries for 62 yards to go along with his touchdown catch. White had 75 passes on eight completions.
Farmington plays at Fremont this Thursday for a chance to extend its winning streak to five games. Davis will try to regroup when it faces first-place Weber at home on Thursday.
The Redhawks are enjoying a successful run through the Region 5 portion of the schedule. Bountiful crushed Viewmont last Friday 45-7 to improve to 4-0 in region play and 5-2 overall.
Playing at home, Bountiful was already up 24-7 when it scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to win going away. Viewmont actually got on the board first and held an early lead when Hayden Lange hit Mike Matuli for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 8:26 to play in the first quarter.
Bountiful’s first score came about six minutes later courtesy of the defense. Isaac Vaivaka had a 2-yard interception return for a TD. Just 37 seconds later, Bountiful had the ball again and scored on a 38-yard run from Corbin Cottle. In the second quarter, Ben Smith connected on a 32-yard field goal, and Owen Geilmann had a 5-yard touchdown run.
The third quarter was Cottle’s show.
With the game already in hand, Cottle ran wild over the Viewmont defense. The junior had TD scampers of 17, 35 and 81 yards all in a 4 ½-minute span. For the game, Cottle had 219 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries.
The Redhawks enter the week ranked eighth in the Class 5A RPI standing. This Friday, Bountiful plays at Northridge in the two teams’ final region game of the season. Northridge is 3-1, so a Bountiful win would give the team an outright region title.
Viewmont will host Woods Cross on Friday. Both teams will be looking for their first region win. The Vikings enter the contest at 2-6 overall, while the Wildcats are 0-8.