For every one of the area football teams except Layton Christian, this Friday’s games represent the last meaningful games of the year before the playoffs (or, of your career if your team misses the playoffs).
And it wouldn’t be a region-season finale without potential for head-shaking chaos. Roy, Box Elder and Viewmont all enter the final game with 3-1 records in Region 5. Roy (6-2, 3-1) visits Farmington, Box Elder (6-2, 3-1) hosts Woods Cross and Viewmont (5-3, 3-1) hosts Bountiful.
So when the dust settles (and Utah’s a dusty state, so there’s probably going to be a lot of it), Region 5 might have three region champions on Friday night.
What happens if indeed the Royals, Vikings and Bees all win? There would be a coin flip between representatives of all three schools on Friday night after the games, or on Saturday.
It seems like an odd way to decide a three-way tiebreaker, but the necessity would arise because Roy beat Box Elder, which beat Viewmont, which beat Roy in an unbreakable tie circle.
The odd coin out in the coin flip would get the No. 1 seed and the remaining two schools would flip for the second and third seeds.
The coin flip isn’t exactly popular and might be less popular this year since more than half of the 5A playoff field has a legitimate case for making the semifinals — so a No. 1 seed is vital.
But all of Roy, Viewmont and Box Elder will be ruing the one loss that got them into this position. Viewmont lost an overtime heartbreaker at Box Elder, a game the Vikings had chances to win. Box Elder got thumped at Roy with a chance to wrap up the No. 1 seed. Roy led Viewmont by 10 points with six minutes left and watched the Vikings score twice and win.
Region 5’s playoff scenarios aren’t limited to the top three. Farmington (2-6, 2-2) has catapulted into playoff contention with two straight wins. The Phoenix host Roy with a chance to win and solidify their spot no matter what happens elsewhere. Bountiful (3-5, 1-3) visits Viewmont needing a win and a Farmington win to force a play-in game for the fourth spot.
Before last week, the Royals’ offensive and defensive lines hadn’t been total healthy, yet they’d found a way to still run and throw the ball well. But when both those groups are healthy, the results are something like last week’s 20-point win over Box Elder.
Farmington was outscored 211-40 in their first four games, a mark they’ve turned around 180 degrees in the last three games: try a 61-41 margin and two wins out of three.
The other intrigue of Friday’s Roy-Farmington matchup is the head coaches. Royals head coach Fred Fernandes coached Northridge during the Knights’ three-year state title run in the early 2000’s when current Farmington head man Daniel Coats played for the Knights.
Coach, meet playe—fellow coach.
WEEK 9 PREVIEW
Davis at Syracuse
Syracuse (2-6, 2-3 Region 1) isn’t out of the woods just yet and neither is Davis (5-2, 3-2 Region 1). A win for the Titans would force a three-way tie for third place in Region 1 between Davis, Syracuse and Northridge — at which point, you’d have another three-way coin flip where the odd team out gets into the playoffs and the other two have to play for the final spot. It’s a lot simpler for Davis: win and you’re in.
Weber at Layton
Weber’s already wrapped up the No. 1 seed so the Warriors (5-3, 5-0 Region 1) are going for two straight years of being unbeaten in region play. Layton (2-5, 1-4 Region 1) has already been eliminated from the playoffs. The breakout star of Weber’s prolific linebacker group is junior Tyler Short with 71 total tackles, including eight tackles-for-loss and three sacks.
Fremont at Clearfield
Fremont (6-2, 4-1 Region 1) is locked into the No. 2 seed and Clearfield’s (1-6, 0-5 Region 1) been eliminated from the playoffs. Chaedon Dayton has 111 receiving yards and two scores the last two games for the Silver Wolves. Noah Hardy’s turned in an impressive year at receiver for the Falcons with 28 catches, 561 yards and three scores.
Bountiful at Viewmont
Bountiful leads the all-time series 31-22 since 1964, according to prep football historian George Felt. Current Viewmont linebackers coach Scott Larsen was an assistant coach at Minot State when Bountiful head coach Tyler Hughes was the head man at MSU.
Woods Cross at Box Elder
A win for the Bees would clinch at least a share of the Region 5 title, the first such title since 2010, and it would be the 36th overall, according to Felt. This is the first year since 2010 that the Wildcats (2-6, 0-4 Region 5) won’t be in the postseason.
Bear River at Logan
Head coach Chris Wise goes for his 100th win at Bear River (3-5, 1-3 Region 12), according to Felt. The Bears and Logan (7-1, 3-1 Region 12) meet for the 85th time with the Grizzlies controlling the series 51-30-3 since 1925. Bear River is tied for fourth place in the region with Mountain Crest and Ridgeline, one game behind Green Canyon (2-2). The Bears don’t necessarily need a win since MCHS and RHS are playing different foes, but a win would obviously make things easier.
Morgan at Union
A win for Morgan would see the Trojans clinch the No. 1 seed out of the 3A North region. The Trojans (6-2, 4-0) have already clinched at least a share of the title. They’ve won three straight against Union (4-4, 3-1) and 31 of the last 35.
Rich at Layton Christian, 4 p.m.
Last week’s game against Altamont was Layton Christian (2-5, 0-1 1A North) player Dustin Moffo’s third straight game with at least 100 rushing yards (he had 101 to push his season total to 997). Last year’s win over Rich was just the second all-time for the Eagles against the Rebels.