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Dixon’s 6 touchdowns lead Bonneville over Viewmont 56-26

By Bob Judson - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Sep 10, 2021

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WASHINGTON TERRACE — There were a couple notable streaks on the line at the Bonneville-Viewmont football game Friday night — poor or positive, depending on your perspective.

Host Bonneville had yet to win at home this season, while visiting Viewmont was undefeated on the road.

Bonneville senior quarterback Koy Dixon decided it was time for things to change.

Dixon accounted for six touchdowns — the first four through the air, then rushed for a pair more when the Lakers turned to the ground game — in a truly tremendous performance.

“My teammates, man. They were so amazing,” Dixon said. “My receivers get open, my O-line blocks, my running backs block. Team touchdowns — my teammates are special, not me.”

Bonneville exorcised the home demons on homecoming of all nights and vanquished the Vikings 56-26 in the Region 5 opener for both schools.

“We had a tough preseason, played some tough teams. We needed to be ready for this one, opening region game,” Dixon said. “It was a good night. We want to win this region again.”

Dixon threw two touchdown passes to Maximus Diaz in the first half, and two to Kord Shaw, one in each half. Shaw’s second catch, a 24-yarder early in the third quarter, made it 28-19 after a tight first half.

“My receivers, they’re dogs; they get open,” Dixon said. “I give them chances. Not the best ball sometimes, but they go get them. They make me look good.”

Each team scored three touchdowns in the first half, with the 21-19 difference a result of two missed extra points by the Vikings.

Bonneville’s offense continued to roll in the second half, adding five more touchdowns while the defense stiffened, allowing only a single score late in the third quarter.

After Shaw’s second touchdown, Viewmont countered with a double pass from Luke Jacobs to Hayden Lange to Degan Leroy for a 17-yard touchdown to again make it a two-point game, 28-26. Then Dixon turned on the afterburners.

He rushed for touchdown runs of 29 and 10 yards, leaving the Vikings in his wake and the lead ballooned to 43-26 with 11:44 left in the final frame.

“We were up a couple of touchdowns, decided to run the ball and waste the clock and I just happened to break a couple,” Dixon said.

The Havili brothers, Sime and Tifaga, put the cherry on top, scoring on runs of 14 and 2 yards, respectively, for the final total.

One streak neither team counted on was lightning strikes in the area that delayed the kickoff for more than an hour.

Once underway, Bonneville (2-3, 1-0 Region 5) took its opening possession and marched on an 11-play, 78-yard drive that lasted 3:54, capped by a Maximus Diaz 4-yard touchdown reception from Dixon.

Having plenty of time in the locker room to cook up something special, the Lakers tried an onside kick and recovered it to start their next drive on the Viewmont side of the field.

Shaw hauled in a 23-yard lob end zone pass from Dixon on fourth down and Bonneville grabbed a quick 14-0 lead with 5:55 left in the initial quarter.

Finally getting an offensive possession, Viewmont (2-3, 0-1) embarked on a 15-play, 68-yard journey and quarterback Luke Jacobs closed the deal with a 17-yard scamper around right end to close the gap to 14-6 on the first play of the second stanza.

It took Bonneville just more than a minute to answer the challenge when Diaz tallied his second touchdown of the half on an 18-yard catch, tip-toeing the out-of-bounds mark for a 21-6 edge.

The ensuing kickoff found Viewmont at its own 27; 73 yards and more than three minutes later, Elias Uesele went over from 1-yard out, making it 21-12 midway through the period.

Viewmont scored seven more on Jacobs’ second TD run of the half, narrowing the margin to 21-19 just before the break.

Neither team punted in the first half.

Dixon finished the night 17 of 23 through the air for 249 yards and the four touchdowns. He rushed 10 times for 102 yards and two scores for Bonneville.

Shaw had six catches for 79 yards and Diaz made four grabs for 49 yards.

Jacobs rushed 12 times and gained 158 yards on the turf for Viewmont, and totaled 5 of 8 passing for 70 yards. Uesele rushed 19 times for 111 yards.

“We knew our offense was explosive, that we were going to break one and have a great game sooner or later and tonight was the night,” Dixon said.

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