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Week 6 prep football predictions: Roy-Bonneville rivalry is back; Region 1, 3A North games begin

By Patrick Carr - Prep Sports Reporter | Sep 14, 2023

Photo supplied, Gordon Doxey

Roy running back Moises Martinez (26) pushes ahead against the tackle of Bonneville's Aaron Johnson (40) in a game Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Roy High School.

All of the 11-player football schools in Northern Utah are in region play as of this week, as Region 1, 3A North and 2A North games kick off.

There’s a longtime Weber County rivalry and a budding Davis County rivalry in this week’s schedule.

Last week’s prediction record: 9-4 (.692)

Season prediction record: 56-20 (.737)

Bonneville at Roy, Game of the Week

In the summer, head coaches and both Bonneville and Roy looked forward to their teams facing off.

The rivalry is back.

They meet for the first time since 2018 and for the first time as region foes since 2014. Bonneville leads the series 34-19 since the first meeting in 1965. Both teams have big-play capability everywhere on the field.

Bonneville (3-2, 2-0 Region 5) has three straight wins, including two against prospective Region 5 contenders. The Lakers’ defense has allowed 18.4 points per game in the last three and they’re slightly bigger up front than the Royals.

Roy (3-2, 1-1) is looking for a regroup after yielding 42 points to Box Elder last Thursday. The Royals have had extra rest and face a much tamer offense, but one with big-play potential nonetheless.

Anything other than a one-score game would be a surprise.

Prediction: Bonneville

Layton at Fremont

Layton (0-4) is coming off a bye week and though it may be 0-4, the Lancers have been competitive in three of their four games.

Fremont’s (1-4) four losses are between 17-28 points, but the Silverwolves won last week. And an extra game for a young team still finding itself is huge.

Prediction: Fremont

Weber at Davis

Weber (2-3) is finding a rhythm with two straight wins and great quarterback play. Junior linebacker Tyler Payne has 65 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in five games.

Davis (4-1) has a big — literally — advantage in this one. The Darts’ defensive line is bigger than any Region 1 O-line, a huge trump card. If they can put together any semblance of a run game on offense, the Darts will be in good position.

Prediction: Davis

Ogden at Union

This week’s 3A North region opener looks fairly even on paper.

Ogden (3-2) has to control Union dual-threat quarterback Gannon Labrum, who has seven passing touchdowns and five rushing TDs in four games.

The Tigers need some offense after mustering seven points in two weeks, but the Cougars’ defense is stingy.

Prediction: Union

Ben Lomond at Grantsville

This is a ripe chance for an upset win, but Ben Lomond (3-2) must play a more complete game than last week against American Leadership. BL also had some injury issues against ALA.

If anything, the Scots have to play like they did in their 31-22 loss at Canyon View, where they had a shot to win late.

Grantsville (2-3) is young but has improved each week and has a road win at Juab under its hat.

Prediction: Grantsville

Carlin-NV at St. Joseph, 5 p.m.

This is St. Joseph’s (0-4) best chance at a win so far after four games against teams expected to contend for various region and state championships in Idaho and Utah. The Jayhawks have been hit hard by the injury and illness bug and their numbers have thinned.

Carlin (0-2) is a longtime eight-player football school located about 20 miles west of Elko, Nevada, along Interstate 80. Like Ogden, Carlin has a deep railroad history and as such, the school’s mascot is the Railroaders.

Before this game and on the same field, the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind will face Altamont at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph.

Prediction: Carlin

Syracuse at Farmington

If this game isn’t a rivalry yet, it’s at least circled on the calendar. It’s a rematch of last year’s de-facto Region 1 title game that had a lot of pregame and preseason buildup.

Syracuse (4-1) is coming off a 42-14 loss to Corner Canyon in which it trailed 28-14 late in the third quarter before a pick-six. Senior receiver DJ Mayes tied a single-game state record with 20 receptions against the Chargers.

Farmington (0-4) is coming off a bye week, but its last game was also against Corner Canyon, a 42-3 loss in which CC led 35-0 at halftime. FHS has been outscored 152-47, but against some of the state’s top teams.

One undercurrent in this game is Phoenix senior Jake Metcalfe, Farmington’s leading receiver and turnover creator. He transferred from Syracuse after starting the previous three years with the Titans.

Expect some fireworks.

Prediction: Syracuse

Box Elder at Clearfield

Box Elder’s (5-0, 2-0 Region 5) seven-game road trip continues at Clearfield (0-5, 0-2). The last time the Bees were 5-0 (and also 6-0) was in 2003, when they started 10-0 before a first-round playoff loss.

Prediction: Box Elder

Bountiful at Northridge

Save for a five-minute stretch in the third quarter, Northridge (3-2, 1-1 Region 5) controlled Viewmont last week in a 44-35 win. This is a good matchup for the Knights as long as they have enough time to get to their outside passing game.

For all of Bountiful’s (2-3, 1-1) inconsistency this year, the Redhawks have forced 12 turnovers in five games, blocked a punt and a field goal, and have 28 tackles for loss on defense.

The last three Bountiful games have been decided by a total of seven points. Havoc is the word of the day here.

Prediction: Bountiful

Woods Cross at Viewmont

Viewmont (2-3, 0-2 Region 5) has done well against the run the last two weeks, but can it get off the field against a triple-option Woods Cross (3-2, 1-1) squad that runs for 304 yards per game?

The last two games, teams are 7 for 15 on third downs against the Vikings. WX has scored 35-plus in its last four games.

Prediction: Woods Cross

Bear River at Sky View

After two weeks of scoring 50-plus points, things get real for Bear River (3-2, 1-0 Region 11) against 5-0 Sky View.

The Bobcats average 40.6 points per game, just beat Ridgeline and have a 17-point win over a Morgan team that beat Bear River by 35 a month ago.

Bears receiver Jace Roberts’ 641 yards ranks fifth in the state.

Prediction: Sky View

Juan Diego at Morgan

After five weeks steeling itself against some of the best 4A teams and a 5A team, Morgan (2-3) plays a team its own size in Juan Diego (0-4).

That should scare a lot of teams in 3A. Juan Diego is run-heavy, but so far only Kearns and Sky View have effectively run against the Trojans.

Prediction: Morgan

Layton Christian at South Summit

Elijah Elliss leads Layton Christian (1-3) with 42 tackles, as well as having eight touchdown catches out of 13 receptions overall.

South Summit (3-2) is markedly better on defense than LCA, allowing 19 points per game compared to 42.5, though the Eagles have faced better offenses.

Against their one common foe, Beaver, LCA lost 28-14 and South Summit lost 33-14. This 2A North region opener should be close.

Prediction: South Summit


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