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5A high school football takeaways: Wild Week 7 shakes up Region 5 standings, Timpview, Salem Hills, Provo wins set up big games next week

Action during a high school football game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Timpview Thunderbirds at Lone Peak High School in Highland on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Action during a high school football game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Timpview Thunderbirds at Lone Peak High School in Highland on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Colter Peterson, Deseret News

Just when you think you’ve got Region 5 figured out, Week 7 happens.

Viewmont beat Farmington, Box Elder beat Bountiful and Bonneville beat Woods Cross — all by five points or less — and just like that everyone in the region is either 2-1 or 1-2 with two games remaining.

Viewmont’s 14-9 win over region frontrunner Farmington was the most impressive of them all. (Box score)

Even though Farmington outgained Viewmont in total offense 316 to 136, the Vikings intercepted four passes defensively to pull off the upset.

“Great game, great atmosphere, the defense really showed up tonight,” said Viewmont coach Scott Ditty.

Caden Stringham recorded one of those interceptions, which he returned for a first-quarter TD. He added eight tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. Ditty said Alex Harrison came up big as well, playing every down in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

“But man, credit goes to our defense and the whole coaching staff. We knew we were a better team than our record showed and I’m just happy for our players and school and the whole Viewmont community. Lots of football and some very good teams ahead, so we still have our work cut out for us,” said Ditty.

Bonneville scored all of its points in the second quarter, including a 39-yard pass from Brock Samuels to Kord Shaw nine seconds before halftime, to beat Woods Cross 20-17.

The Wildcats made a late push with touchdowns at the 4:40 and 2:51 marks of the fourth quarter, but the Lakers held on for the win to improve to 2-1 in region play. (Box score)

“I felt our team focused well this week during practice. We recognized Woods Cross as an impressive and explosive team with very good overall team speed and size. We worked on what we do well. Stayed true to tight lines while stunting and blitzing and pressuring the QB,” said Bonneville coach Jantz Afuvai. “Offensively, we took care of the football, made critical time management decisions and rallied behind our momentum and support from our fans. This was a solid team performance tonight.”

While Viewmont and Bonneville both jumped out to leads and then held off rallies in the fourth quarter, Box Elder rallied for its win on Friday.

Parker Buchanan tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, one each to Nate Wheatley and Logan Holgate, as Box Elder rallied for the 21-14 victory. (Box score)

“Great team win. It was a hard-fought battle. We had a couple of big plays in fourth quarter. This is a tough region. It was our homecoming and our team was inspired by our student section,” said Box Elder coach Robbie Gunter.

In Region 7, Timpview’s defense dominated Lehi’s potent offense for the 28-9 victory. Sione Moa did the damage offensively with three rushing touchdowns — all in the second half. (Box score)

“As a team we are growing and improving each week. We are very young. I am proud of the kids for their weekly improvements,” said coach Andy Stokes. “Our defense played tremendous, coach Chas Ryan and his staff put together a great game plan and the kids did a great job executing it.”

“Offensively we played very well up front tonight. We challenged our offensive line and they responded. Sione Moa had another incredible night and continues to be consistently great each week,” said Stokes.

The victory sets up a showdown next week between Orem and Timpview, the last two unbeaten teams in Region 7.

Alta improved to 2-1 in Region 7 with a predictable win over Timpanogos, even though it took the Hawks a while to hit their stride and pull away in the second half.

“We got off to a slow start, then things started to kick in during the second quarter. Offense started to click. Cinco Lucero did a great job moving the chains. Defense forced five turnovers and most of the second half. Proud of our kids just taking it one game at a time,” said Alta coach Alema Te’o.

Lucero finished the game completing 27 of 44 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns, with three of those TDs going to Daniel Thomason. (Box score)

The Timpview-Orem showdown next week isn’t the only big game in Utah County in Week 8. In Region 8, Salem Hills and Provo both took care of business on Friday night and are each 3-0 heading into next week’s game at Salem Hills.

Salem Hills’ defense dominated again in a 35-7 win over Springville. The Skyhawks have given up seven points or less in five of seven games this year. (Box score)

“Our defense knew it would be a tough test against Springville, and with a guy that could take the top off of a defense, we had to be ready. Fortunately, we were able to do that and force them to be uncomfortable,” said Salem Hills coach Harry Schwenke. “Our D-line played well again and all phases of our team performed well. John Nelson and Nate Tarter were outstanding and Sam Hughes was able to roam free. Proud of our team and community for the support.”

Quarterback Jarret Elmer had a big game to lead the offense with three passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.

Provo earned a much-needed confidence builder after losing to Lehi the week before with a strong 28-19 win at Wasatch.

The decisive moment came midway through the fourth quarter when Ryan Harward returned an interception 27 yards to stretch Provo’s lead to 28-13. (Box score)

Offensively Provo coach Tony McGeary said his team controlled the line of scrimmage, which helped Luke Haslem and Dallin Havea both rip off long TD runs.