Viewmont, Farmington stay undefeated in prep footballSep 02, 2022 12:06PM ● By Josh McFadden
Davis’ quarterback Jackson Stevens (38) connects downfield with Tyson Elkins (5) to set-up a touchdown in the Dart victory. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
hree weeks are in the books in high school football, and a pair of Davis County teams remain unbeaten. Both Farmington, in Region 1, and Viewmont, in Region 5, enter week four with a 3-0 record.
No game has been in much doubt this season for the Vikings, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2017. Last week, Viewmont got off to a fast start against Copper Hills and fended off a modest rally for a 38-27 victory.
In the win, Viewmont was up 21-0 after one quarter and 28-7 at halftime. Miles McGrath scored on a 2-yard touchdown run just 1:45 into the game. Scott Noel then took a 45-yard pass from Luke Jacobs into the end zone, followed by a 50 -yard run by Jacobs. Copper Hills put a touchdown on the board. Then Jacobs had a 75-yard run for another TD.
Copper Hills made things interesting with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to make it 28-21. But the Vikings responded with 10 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Britton Christensen made a 26-yard field goal with 8:30 left to play. Then Kaden Mitchell had an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown a minute and a half later.
Jacobs was once again stellar. The quarterback amassed 182 yards and two scores on the ground. He was also 15 of 31 passing for 251 yards and a score. Mitchell had six catches for 105 yards. Noel nearly made it two 100-yard receivers, as he caught five passes for 96 yards. Sterling Hansen was the top tackler with nine. Tuuanga Moala had an interception to go along with Mitchell’s pick.
This week, Viewmont plays at Provo in the last game before region play. The contest is Friday at 7 p.m.
In last week’s win, the Phoenix scored 19 more points than they had the previous two wins combined. The result was a 62-7 thrashing of Maple Mountain on the road.
Farmington scored early and often in the blowout, running away with a 41-7 lead by halftime. Mitch Nielsen opened the scoring barrage just a minute into the game with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Easton Wight. Boston Reinhold had a 1-yard plunge into the end zone at the 5:35 mark of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Phoenix had 27 points, beginning with a 45-yard TD pass from Wight to Camden Stewart. Jed Judkins had a fumble recovery for a TD just 19 seconds later. After a Maple Mountain TD, Nielsen had a 16-yard touchdown reception from Wight. With just 19 seconds in the half, Dayton Runyan had a 23-yard TD reception from Wight.
Farmington outscored Maple Mountain in the second half when the game was well in hand. Runyan added a defensive score to his offensive TD. Just 24 seconds into the second half, he had a 36-yard interception return. Nielsen then had his third TD reception of the game a minute later to make it 55-7. Dallin Larsen’s 3-yard TD reception from backup quarterback Marcus Miles was the final score of the game with 10:46 left to go.
Farmington had 129 yards rushing, with Reinhold’s 44 leading the way. The Phoenix did most of their damage through the air, as Wight had 326 yards and five touchdowns. Along with his three receiving TDs, Nielsen had eight catches for 167 yards. Twelve other Farmington players had at least one catch.
This Friday, Farmington hosts Weber in the Region 1 opener.
The Redhawks are now 1-2 after a tough 18-17 loss at home to Springville last week. Bountiful can even its record this Friday when it plays at Skyline.
Against Springville, the Redhawks led late but saw the Red Devils score the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left to play. The heartbreaking loss was tough considering the Redhawks had played so well against last year’s Class 5A runners-up.
Bountiful trailed 6-0 at halftime after a defensive struggle in the first half. But the Redhawks scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter. First, Kenobi Doctolero had a 43-yard touchdown run 50 seconds into the second half. Three minutes later, the Redhawks were up 14-6 when Faletau Satuala had a 14-yard TD reception from Owen Geilman. After a Springville TD and failed two-point conversion made it 14-12, Landon Zayas connected on a 31-yard field goal with 8:28 to go.
Doctolero had 63 yards on 11 carries, while Geilman had 47 yards on the ground and 169 through the air. Kaden Mertz was the top pass-catcher for Bountiful. He had six receptions for 96 yards. He was also a defensive star, racking up seven tackles. Ford Creswell had three tackles and an interception. As a team, Bountiful had three sacks.
The Wildcats are also 1-2 heading into week four. Last week’s game was a close 28-21 loss at home to Brighton in double overtime.
Like Bountiful’s loss, this one for Woods Cross was a rough one. It occurred as Brighton scored a touchdown in the second overtime to break a 21-21 tie. Before that, it had been a back-and-forth affair throughout. Woods Cross led 21-14 at halftime, thanks to some big players. In the first quarter, Lock Smoot had a 75-yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter, Woods Cross went up 14-7 when Smoot hit Jacob Howes for a 68-yard score. With things tied up at 14, Woods Cross took another lead with 33 seconds to go when Howes hit Brock Tandy for a 22-yard touchdown.
Unfortunately for Woods Cross, that was the end of the scoring.
Smoot racked up 170 yards on 21 carries and also passed for 147 yards. Howes had 72 yards receiving, and Cash Henderson and Josh Bennion each had 10 tackles.
Woods Cross hosts Logan this Friday for an opportunity to get to .500.
The first two weeks were not kind to Davis. Week three was a breath of fresh air for the Darts.
Now at 1-2 overall, Davis beat Granger 28-14 on the heels of back-to-back shutout defeats. Against the Lancers, Davis entertained the home crowd with a trio of first-quarter touchdowns. First, Jackson Stevens hit Easton Baggett for a 5-yard score. Josh Barker and Tyce Wilson then each had 1-yard TD runs. Granger cut the margin to 21-8 in the second quarter, but Davis responded before the break with another touchdown. This time it was Kaden Eggett, who had an 18-yard touchdown reception from Stevens.
The Darts didn’t score in the second half, but the defense held Granger to just six points. Josh Barker led the way with 104 yards on 17 carries on the ground. Stevens had two TD passes and was 16 of 28 passing. Baggett hauled in 10 passes for 93 yards. Tyson Elkins had five more catches for 69 yards. Stevens has a big part of the defense too, picking off a pair of Granger passes.
Davis looks to continue its winning ways this Friday when it opens Region 1 action at Layton. λ