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5A football preview: Viewmont at American Fork

Viewmont (6-4, 4-3) at American Fork (7-3, 4-1)

5A State Tournament first round

Friday, 4 p.m.

Parry's Power Guide: American Fork by 8

All-time series: Viewmont leads 2-0.

Last meeting: 1980.

The Vikings, losers of their last two games, enter the playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 1. The Cavemen tied Pleasant Grove for first place in Region 4, but by virtue of beating Pleasant Grove last week the Cavemen have the No. 1 seed.

Viewmont is not a high-scoring team, at almost 20 points per game, but it also doesn't give up many points. Even with back-to-back blowout losses to finish region play, the Vikings have still allowed only 13.5 points per game. Led by Jake Hansen's five, they have 15 interceptions as a team. They also have 25 team sacks, with Chad Randall accounting for 9 1/2 of them.

Offensively, the Vikings have done more damage throwing the ball than by running it, with 20 TDs through the air and only seven on the ground. Quarterback Chris Larsen has 18 TD tosses and throws for about 147 yards per game.

If American Fork's defense rises to the challenge, the Cavemen are good enough to advance deep into the tournament. Chris Wernli is a force at running back with 14 touchdowns, while quarterback Taylor Jones has passed for 13 TDs.

Viewmont Vikings statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 19.8 ppg

Scoring defense: 13.5 ppg

Passing leader: Chad Larsen (98-197, 49.7%, 1,327 yards, 18 TDs)

Rushing leader: Stanton Smoot (116 carries, 443 yards, 2 TDs

Receiving leader: Chad Randall (38 receptions, 760 yards, 11 TDs)

Tackles leader: Sam Graham (99 tackles)

Sacks leader: Chad Randall (9 1/2 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Jake Hansen (5 interceptions

American Fork Cavemen statistical breakdown

Scoring offense: 33.8 ppg

Scoring defense: 19.8 ppg

Passing leader: Taylor Jones (59-121, 48.8%, 1,186 yards, 13 TDs)

Rushing leader: Chris Wernli (67 rushes, 470 yards, 14 TDs)

Receiving leader: Jake Murphy (29 receptions, 600 yards, 9 TDs)

Tackles leader: not provided

Sacks leader: Kyle Sumsion (4 sacks)

Interceptions leader: Jake Murphy (2 interceptions)

Note: American Fork has only provided stats for 8 of 10 games

Viewmont game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... Viewmont 33, Orem 8

08/24/07 ... Viewmont 20, Lone Peak 12

08/31/07 ... Bountiful 19, Viewmont 17

09/07/07 ... Viewmont 38, Syracuse 20

09/14/07 ... Viewmont 13, Clearfield 6

09/21/07 ... Viewmont 7, Fremont 0

09/28/07 ... Davis 3, Viewmont 0

10/05/07 ... Viewmont 41, Weber 0

10/12/07 ... Layton 37, Viewmont 17

10/19/07 ... Northridge 30, Viewmont 12

American Fork game-by-game results

08/17/07 ... American Fork 35, Provo 0

08/24/07 ... American Fork 31, Highland 7

08/31/07 ... East 24, American Fork 13

09/07/07 ... American Fork 42, East, Alaska 7

09/14/07 ... Mater Dei, Calif. 50, American Fork 32

09/21/07 ... American Fork 62, Timpanogos 46

09/28/07 ... Spanish Fork 22, American Fork 16 (OT)

10/05/07 ... American Fork 43, Lehi 0

10/10/07 ... American Fork 30, Lone Peak 20

10/19/07 ... American Fork 34, Pleasant Grove 14