PREP FOOTBALL: Viewmont outduels Bountiful to cap unbeaten Region 5 run

Friday , October 13, 2017 - 10:54 PM

MARK JONES, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

BOUNTIFUL — Winning a football region championship doesn’t come very easily.

So when the Viewmont Vikings entered Friday night’s Region 5 contest at Bountiful with a chance to win it the title outright, they knew they would have their work cut out for themselves.

And that they did.

The Vikings got a pair of first half 1-yard touchdowns from senior Cameron Brown en route to a 14-7 win over the Braves.

Such a hard-fought win can often leave those involved at a loss of words.

“It’s amazing,” Brown said, who had nine carries for 52 yards in the second quarter.

His head coach, Scott Ditty, was also lacking words to sum his team’s region-clinching victory.

“I’m speechless,” Ditty said as he was rushing to get his team to the bus following the game.

Sometimes to win a region title, a team needs a little luck, and luck was on the side of the Vikings on Friday night.

With Viewmont (7-2, 4-0 Region 5) leading 14-7, the Braves were driving for a potential game-tying score in the late stages of the opening half. However, a Bountiful (5-4, 2-2) fumble at the Viewmont 3 was recovered by the Vikings, ending the drive.

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“I knew our defense would stop them, Brown said.

Luck continued to be on the side of the Vikings in the fourth quarter.

With the Vikings facing a fourth-and-long from inside its own 20, Viewmont was forced to punt.

With a bad snap and Viewmont being short one player, Bountiful’s Cameron Hansen was able to get through and block the punt, appearing to give the Braves a break they desperately needed.

But Viewmont punter Preston Pitt picked up the ball and completed a pass to teammate Tyson Handley. It was short of the first down, but it gave Bountiful the ball at midfield rather than inside the Viewmont 20.

“I was thinking I didn’t want to get hit, so I threw it,” Pitt said.

Bountiful missed a 35-yard field goal on the ensuing drive, allowing Viewmont to take over and run out the clock.

Viewmont byes ahead of the playoffs. Bountiful plays at Clearfield in a non-region game Wednesday.

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