Game of the Week: Woods Cross at Viewmont
WOODS CROSS – For the fourth year in a row, the Woods Cross Wildcats and Viewmont Vikings football teams will meet on the gridiron Friday night.
Viewmont, attempting to improve to 2-1 in non-region play before kicking off Region 1 action next week against Northridge, got off to a hot start by scoring 14 points to open its game against in-town rival Bountiful last week at home.
The Vikings ultimately lost 21-14 and were a different team from the one that beat Bonneville by 21 points to start the season the week before.
Struggles by the Vikings’ offense were to blame for Viewmont’s loss to the Braves. Quarterback Hunter Anfinson ended the game throwing for 91 yards and a touchdown, but also threw three interceptions Рincluding two in the fourth quarterР in the loss to the Braves.
His last two interceptions came on drives that could have tied the game, including a final-drive interception at the goal line with under 30 seconds remaining.
Viewmont’s running game was noticeably absent as well; as a team the Vikings rushed for less than 100 yards against the Braves.
However a bright spot was still seen in the Vikings’ defense. Despite allowing a long touchdown pass to Bountiful, the Braves were held in check on both the running and passing game.
Bountiful totaled less than 100 yards rushing after getting over 300 as a team against Lone Peak the first week of the season. Viewmont also held both Austin Parkinson and Jake Lindsey to 75 yards passing with one interception.
Woods Cross, using its most recent success to catapult them into a good start to the season so far, took care of some early scoring by Judge Memorial by tying the game before halftime and winning the game in the fourth quarter.
A game ultimately won 27-14, the Wildcats have shown a balance between the run and the pass on offense while still being stingy on defense when it needs to be.
Offensively, the Wildcats have seen more scoring efforts and opportunities come to Tomasi Giles. Giles, who plays primarily defense but gets a few carries on offense from time to time, ran for his fourth rushing touchdown of the season last Friday against Judge Memorial.
He also ran the ball well when called upon against Maple Mountain, getting 11 carries and scoring three times in the season opening win.
Quarterback Tanner Hammond* also performed well in his second start under center, throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Cole Cappellucci and Jake Hammond* following a 196-yard performance against Maple Mountain in Week 1.
Not to be outdone is the Wildcat’s defense. Ranked as one of the best scoring defenses in the state last season, the Wildcats have already scored a touchdown on defense, getting a fumble recovery in the win over the Bulldogs.
Both the Vikings and Wildcats will begin region play next week.
Kick off for Friday’s game is 7 p.m.
*This article has been amended to reflect a name change at quarterback and wide receiver for Woods Cross High School.