Braves, Vikings clash for bragging rights
BOUNTIFUL – Viewmont and Bountiful will once again meet on the gridiron Friday night at 7 p.m. for in-town bragging rights.
The Vikings and Braves are both coming off wins, but Viewmont coach Scott Ditty said there are plenty of things he saw in the team’s win over Bonneville that he thinks needs to improve before heading onto Viewmont’s football field.
“When you go up against a well-coached team like Bountiful you have to do everything right,” Ditty said. “I’m a big believer in getting all the fundamentals of football down to each of the players on the team, and I’m going to continue to do that this week.”
The Vikings, coming off a win over Bonneville for the second season in a row entering their game against Bountiful, were led by Hunter Anfinson and Jared Barnum, who accounted for all four Vikings touchdowns in the 21-point victory.
Ditty said he liked what offensive coordinator Jeff Jorgensen is doing especially with Anfinson, who threw for a touchdown, rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown.
“(Jorgensen) is helping Hunter make some really good decisions and is helping him use the other athletes on the field,” Ditty said. “He’s also teaching him to make good reads and trusting his teammates.”
The defense also contributed to the win last week. Although Bonneville did score a touchdown, it was on a fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown.
Ditty said he liked the intensity the defense gave during its game against the Lakers and hopes it will carry over to the Vikings game against Bountiful.
“There was a positive energy that they brought onto the field and it was good to see,” he said. “We do need to work on some things like tackling and seeing the ball better once it’s in the air, but they worked very well together.”
For Bountiful, which beat Lone Peak for the second time in three years, the goal was to return to its famous running game.
The plan worked against the Knights. Bountiful rushed for 310 yards and four touchdowns, led by Houston Heimuli’s 160-yard, two touchdown game.
Kaden Simmonds also performed well for Bountiful, carrying the ball 15 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The Braves defense should also be given some credit for the win, allowing 14 of the 21 points Lone Peak scored.
The defense totaled two sacks and an interception on Lone Peak quarterback Talmage Gunther, who threw for a touchdown in the loss.
Kickoff for Friday night’s game is 7 p.m. at Viewmont High School.