BOUNTIFUL – New head football coach Scott Ditty has a simple goal for his Viewmont Vikings team as they prepare to start the season Friday night against Bonneville:
But before they can do that, he said, the team is getting a new installment of core values that Ditty knows helped the teams he previously coached; teams such as Alta and Timpview.
“The very first thing we did was establish a system of core values, values that you believe in,” he said. “The team has bought into those values and the morale in the locker room has been good for the players. We as coaches have to get them to believe in themselves. The ultimate goal is to win games, and we’re going to put the best players on the field in order for us to get that done.”
Among those starting to buy into the new way of thinking is Cole Huish, Hunter Anfinson and Max Hadlock. Due to injuries or other different situations, the trio each played quarterback for former coach Brad Lloyd and his shotgun-style offense.
Each will still be battling to play under center this season under the spread offense of Ditty, who revealed that former Woods Cross coach Jeff Jorgenson will now coordinate the offensive efforts of the Vikings.
Zach Larsen and Mitch Jones will look to help spread out the offense at the receiver position, and Jared Barnum will serve as a hybrid running back/slot back.
On the defensive side, Ethan Keddington will play at defensive end with Tate Burt serving as anchor, and playing middle linebacker.
Many of the other positions not mentioned will be filled before Friday’s kick off against the Lakers.
One item Ditty pointed out as a similarity between Alta, Timpview and the Vikings is the support of the community from the students to the players and parents and other fans.
“Those programs have been successful over the years because they have a strong community base,” said Ditty. “I see a lot of that here as well. The community support for the teams here gets the kids believing in what they’re doing and believing in themselves.”
In layman’s terms, the “x’s and o’s” will take care of itself if everyone is involved.
“We will be counting on kids from last year because they have the tools to be successful,” Ditty said. “They have the tools to succeed, we just have to put them in the right place to succeed.”
Viewmont finished last season with a 1-9 overall record and was 0-6 in region play. The Vikings did not make the playoffs.
Vikings 2014 schedule
8-22 @ Bonneville
9-5 WOODS CROSS
9-12 @ Northridge
10-3 @ Syracuse
10-15 @ Fremont
10-24 @ Clearfield