BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – Tanner Redding had a game to remember for the Bountiful Braves football team Friday night against Viewmont.
By the time the game was over, the senior receiver ended up catching three touchdowns as part of a Braves’ 42-0 shutout win over the Vikings.
“The kids were ready to play from the start,” said Braves coach Larry Wall. “They took the first kick off and scored pretty quickly. It really set the pace for the rest of the game.”
Redding was responsible for Bountiful’s first touchdown, catching a 24 yard pass from Jordan Hayes on the first drive to give the Braves all the points they needed in the game.
Redding’s touchdown catch capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive that lasted just over three minutes.
His second touchdown came early in the second quarter, catching a 14 yard touchdown from Trevor Lloyd for a 28-0 lead.
Wall didn’t hesitate to defend the use of two quarterbacks, saying that both “are doing a great job” through the first two weeks of the season.
“That’s why we run them both out there,” he said. “People think we’re trying to pull something, but both those kids can play football.
In between Redding’s scores was a 56 yard touchdown run by Max Latu, and a two yard touchdown run by Houston Heimuli.
Redding scored his final touchdown of the game in the second quarter, catching a pass from Lloyd and running 80 yards for the score. The touchdown gave the Braves a 35-0 halftime lead.
In all, Lloyd’s three touchdown catches were his only catches in the game. He finished with 118 yards.
Mana Vea finished the scoring, scampering in a touchdown run from eight yards away in the fourth quarter.
Lloyd and Hayes finished with 191 combined passing yards and three touchdowns.
The next three games for the Braves will all be on the road. Their first will be against Logan next Friday.
“They look like one of the best teams in the state,” said Wall of the Grizzlies. “They’re always tough up there, so we’ll have to reload Monday and be ready to go.”