BOUNTIFUL — The 54th annual installment of Bountiful vs. Viewmont arrived with plenty at stake.
For the Braves, although they would need help, a win would at least offer the opportunity to keep its playoff hopes alive for Region 5’s fourth and final postseason berth.
The Vikings, however, came into the contest with sights set on a loftier accomplishment. A victory would give Viewmont at least a share of the league title for the third consecutive year.
Viewmont used a punishing ground game to demolish Bountiful 35-0 and earn city bragging rights along with its second consecutive win in the series, after dropping the previous five.
Bountiful will close with a non-league clash against Clearfield to close the season next Wednesday.
The Vikings got the short end of a coin flip to break the three-way tie atop Region 5. Roy took the top seed, Box Elder second, Viewmont third.
Rob Summerhays, the fourth-leading rusher statewide with 1,056 yards coming into the evening, padded his total with an additional 218 yards on 27 carries to go along with three touchdowns for the Vikings.
“It’s big,” Summerhays said about the rivalry. “(Bountiful’s) No. 21 is one of my good friends, Dylan Brooks and, you know, I don’t want to lose to that guy.
“It’s a physical game. They’re always physical and they’re a great team so it felt really good to come out with a ‘W’ on this one.”
The Vikings (6-3, 4-1 Region 5) left little doubt about the outcome by pouring 21 first quarter points on the stunned Braves (3-6, 1-4) as Viewmont found the end zone to cap each of its first three possessions.
Quarterback Dutcher Lines got the scoring started with a 1-yard keeper around the right side four minutes into the game. After the Vikings wrestled away an interception on Bountiful’s ensuing drive, Summerhays scored his first touchdown with a 6-yard scamper.
Kaden Smith capped the first half scoring by hauling in a 51-yard bomb from Lines on a streak down the middle with 1:53 to play in the opening period.
“Our game plan was to go fast and go hard,” Summerhays said. “We kind of struggle coming out of the gate sometimes and we wanted to just eliminate that and come out fast and we did that really well. I was really proud of the guys.”
The Viewmont defense held the Braves at bay throughout the contest. Bountiful’s only real scoring threat came in the second quarter when it moved the ball to the Viking 4 only to get hit with a personal foul penalty and eventually miss a 36-yard field goal attempt.
Summerhays also scored on a 16-yard, defender-dragging run through the heart of the Bountiful defense midway through the third quarter before he went into the end zone again standing up from 2 yards out with 8:27 to play.
Lines finished 11 of 18 for 156 yards through the air. For Bountiful, Brig Willard was 15 of 30 for 90 yards.