High school football is back, and that means a return to the Fearless Forecast.
Last year your forecaster finished with a respectable record and is looking to challenge anyone to follow along with me as this year gets off to an exciting start.
Week one will see defending champion Bingham travel to Davis and 5A semi-finalist Lone Peak travel to Bountiful for their usual date.
Woods Cross will open its season at home against Maple Mountain and Viewmont, with a new coach in tow, will head to Bonneville.
Let’s get this started.
Last year saw the Darts go undefeated in the regular season with a few games that could have gone either way.
This should be a no-doubter. Yes, Davis is at home and they had one of the best defenses in all of 5A last year, but Bingham is the defending state champion and didn’t lose a game all last year.
They also have the ability to drop 35 points in a heartbeat against the best defenses around.
Friday night will show just how good Davis’s defense can be if they’re able to hold the Miners to 28 points.
Woods Cross: 35
Maple Mountain: 14
Maple Mountain proved to be a tough opponent for Woods Cross at first, but the Wildcats defense clamped down and contributed to several touchdowns for the offense in last year’s game.
This being the second year in a row of seeing each other, the Wildcats should easily roll over a Maple Mountain team that is yet to find its identity as a football program.
Wildcats will pull ahead early and maybe give up a garbage-time touchdown towards the end of the game, but they shouldn’t have any problems opening the season with a win.
Lone Peak: 17
These two teams alternated playing close games against each other and this year won’t be any different.
Larry Wall is somewhat returning to the “ground and pound” running game fans are used to seeing, and the Braves defense is said to be solid entering the first game of the season.
Will see if the defense holds in this one, but I think Bountiful still drops a close one here.
Viewmont finished with just one win last year, and it was against the Lakers.
The Vikings hired a new coach, who brought in a new offensive coordinator some people may have heard of.
The offense will look the same on the surface, but small wrinkles here and there will help the team spread the ball out to faster players.
A win will be a big step for this program moving forward.
Until next week.