It’s been another solid week.
I picked up four wins, making it two weeks in a row of picking the right winners.
Unfortunately, Viewmont’s loss to Weber was one of those games I projected to go the other way. Hopefully they’ll find a winning formula soon.
This week, rivalries are the common theme. Woods Cross travels to Bountiful and Viewmont takes the bus to Davis to face the Darts.
Woods Cross: 14
This is, by far, the hardest game to pick this season. Both teams have shown merits.
In its win over Layton last week, Bountiful found its identity by reverting back to the running game.
The result: More than 225 yards on 32 total carries by a trio of running backs, and a win to boot.
Woods Cross bounced back to get a solid victory over Clearfield last week when Clay Kidman threw a touchdown.
The running game accounted for Woods Cross’ other scores, and defensively the team looked like it gelled well.
However, given the state of each victory, my gut feeling is that Woods Cross will pull out the win.
One element to consider is how each team fared against their only common opponent in region play so far. Bountiful took care of Clearfield by posting 44 points on the Falcons’ own turf.
The Wildcats scored 20 points, but pitched a shutout on defense, which probably put some confidence back on that side of the ball.
Both teams have played well on defense, and Bountiful has had a tougher preseason schedule, but this game is more important because both teams will need a win to stay in position for a solid playoff spot.
It will be a coin flip as to who wins. I pick the Wildcats by a hair.
Davis is firing on all cylinders, and is starting to show itself as a definite Region 1 contender.
It plays host to Viewmont Friday night.
Viewmont’s struggles have continued, however.
The Vikings were shut out 35-0 to Weber, which still has only a single loss on the season.
Nothing has seemingly gone right since the Vikings won their opening game to Bonneville, and the team is still looking to right the ship as it begins to head to the meat of its region schedule.
Davis, meanwhile, hasn’t lost this year and has looked like a complete team from the opening kickoff.
The Darts have displayed a solid overall team effort in each of their wins, and have scored touchdowns in just about every way imaginable.
From my own perspective, they don’t seem to have many holes, which is why I’m picking them to win.
The win will propel the team to finish strong.
Until next week.
Last week: 4-0
This season: 15-3