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Viewmont, Woods Cross football fall in state tournament

Nov 04, 2022 12:02PM ● By Josh McFadden

While Farmington, Davis and Bountiful rested and observed, the Class 6A and 5A football state tournaments began last week. 

Unfortunately for Viewmont and Woods Cross, their stays were short. 

As the No. 20 seed in 5A Viewmont played at 13th seed Cedar Valley. The Vikings had a great first half and took a 21-14 lead into the locker room. But it was all Cedar Valley from there. The Aviators outscored the Vikings 38-13 in the second half with their 38 second-half points coming unanswered. Cedar Valley took a 21-14 deficit and turned it into a 52-21 lead with 9:30 left in the game. 

Cedar Valley used its offense and defense to defeat Viewmont, though it was the Vikings who made the big plays early on. 

Viewmont was up 14-0 with just under three minutes to play in the first quarter. Luke Jacobs hit Kingston Mickens on a 55-yard touchdown pass four minutes into the game. Five minutes later, Viewmont got the ball back, and Jacobs broke off a 73-yard TD scamper. After Cedar Valley got on the board to make it 14-7, Viewmont scored again when Jacobs hit Noel from 20 yards out. 

It was all Cedar Valley from there, which proceeded to go on a 45-0 run. 

After scoring 17 points in the third quarter, Cedar Valley had an offensive TD at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Then, Cedar Valley had interception returns for touchdowns on back-to-back plays. Viewmont got a pair of late touchdowns to make the score closer. Daren Tovey connected with Nate Savage for a 29-yard TD pass. Miles McGrath then had a 1-yard plunge across the goal line with 4:02 to play. 

Viewmont finished the year with a 4-6 record. 

Woods Cross

The Wildcats garnered the 10th seed, thus getting a home game in the first round of the state tournament on Oct. 21. Woods Cross faced Wasatch, the No. 23 seed in 5A which had lost six games coming into the state playoffs. 

But it was Wasatch that came away with the narrow win, 28-27. 

A big second quarter was the key for the Wasps, whose 21 points in that period was the difference. Wasatch turned a 7-0 deficit into a 21-14 halftime lead by outscoring the Wildcats by 14 points in the second quarter. Wasatch added a touchdown in the third quarter to go up 28-14 going into the fourth quarter. 

Woods Cross nearly made a dramatic comeback for the win. 

Kelvan Malepeai scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 7:43 to play to narrow the gap to 28-21. Just a minute and 12 seconds later Woods Cross was on the board again when Malepeai had a 57-touchdown reception from Bradley Bailey. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Wasatch blocked the point-after kick, leaving the team down 28-27. The Wildcats weren’t able to get on the board again, falling just short in their bid to move onto the second round. 

Malepeai had a big game, totaling 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. He also had the 57-yard TD catch. Bailey had 118 yards on 7-8 passing. Cash Henderson had 40 yards on 14 carries and amassed eight tackles to lead the team. 

Woods Cross finished the season with a 6-5 record. 

This Friday, Bountiful hosts Orem in the second round, while Farmington hosts 21-seeded Weber, and Davis hosts 10th-seeded Riverton. 

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