By Shain Gillet
After taking the week off due to games happening before publication, I’m back to make the last picks of the regular season.
I’m hoping to keep the slate full of “W’s” as the final week approaches. I haven’t lost a pick-em game since Week 2, the best I’ve done in my fourth installment of the forecast.
This week, Davis looks to finish the season perfect as they face the Weber Warriors, and Woods Cross faces off against Cyprus at home.
Bountiful will play a pivotal game against Highland at home this week. The Vikings are done for the season after last week’s loss to Fremont.
Since the beginning of the season, Darts coach Ryan Bishop has said his goal for the team this season was to “win every day.”
His players have taken the message to heart, and are a win away from finishing the regular season with a perfect record and home field through the first two games of the playoffs.
Weber went from a team to watch out for to a team looking to get one of the final spots into the 5A playoffs next week, but they’ve run into the wrong team to need a win against.
Bishop was impressed at the way Layton was able to run the ball against his vaunted defense, which allowed the most points to any opponent (24) this season.
The Darts still picked up the win thanks to Colton Chronister, Parker Rose and company, and will likely roll against the Warriors with the playoffs looming ahead.
I know that the Darts aren’t looking past Weber because they still need the win in order to claim the Region 1 title outright, so don’t look for the Darts to slouch against the struggling Warriors.
Davis rolls, leaving Weber on the outside looking into the playoffs.
Woods Cross: 49
The Wildcats are coming off another strong victory, taking down Corner Canyon in a non-region game.
The Pirates, despite all their efforts, still have only one region win this season, and that came against a still-struggling Clearfield team.
The Wildcats are likely already in playoff mode as well. Whether they win or lose, they’ll still secure a No. 2 seed heading into the 4A playoffs.
But just like Davis, they are not overlooking their opponent.
Since losing to East six weeks ago, the Wildcats’ defense hasn’t allowed more than 21 points to any opponent.
Overall, they’ve allowed 21 points or less in all but one game. The result: the fourth best defense in the 4A class.
They’re no slouch on offense either, having scored 33 points or more in six of nine games this season.
Cyprus will have to wait another year for a playoff berth, as Woods Cross should roll in this one.
I’m already taking last week’s game against East out of the picture when I look at the Braves in this game.
After all, only two teams have been able to hold the Leopards to under 40 points in a single game, and everyone has lost to East by at least three touchdowns this season.
But the Braves are in a battle for the No. 3 seed in Friday’s game, and will likely want it as they head into the playoffs.
Highland, despite two wins in a row heading into Friday, isn’t quite the same team people are used to seeing, which may be the reason they’ve struggled in region play this season.
Bountiful, meanwhile, looks to be healthy heading into Friday’s game. Jordan Hayes had a solid performance against East in the loss, so look for him to carry that over into this game.
Until next time.
Last week: 4-0
This season: 24-3