Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Viewmont’s Davis Weird is sacked by Skyridge’s Tanner Shelton, the second sack of that possession, during a game at Viewmont High School in Bountiful on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
BOUNTIFUL — The state’s 5A football teams had better beware of this tough, new kid in town who’s pushing people around.
Skyridge High, a second-year 5A school located in Lehi, ran its preseason record to an impressive 4-0 Friday night, as junior running back Ma’a Notoa broke loose for two touchdown bursts and the Falcons’ defense stopped a last-ditch Viewmont drive in the final minute to knock off the previously undefeated Vikings 21-17.
“I’m happy for our team; trust me, I’m excited,” said an emotional Notoa, whose 69-yard scoring scamper on the third quarter’s second play from scrimmage gave Skyridge a 14-7 lead. “I want to see where this game takes us, get back to work on Monday.
“This game is already over. We’ve got to get back to work next week. We’ve just got to keep working. We want to reach our peak at the end of the season. The future will come, but we’ve got to get work done today.
“Energy was the main thing,” he said of his team’s strong third-quarter showing, when it scored twice to extend its lead to 21-7. “We had our sideline picking up the energy. Man, that was the one thing we wanted to win was energy; bring the energy, and we knew we had this.”
Friday’s victory wasn’t without its anxious moments, however, as Skyridge had to overcome a steady stream of penalty flags all night long. But the Falcons’ “D” stood strong after Viewmont drove all the way to the Skyridge 14 in the closing seconds.
After a scoreless first quarter, Viewmont got on the scoreboard early in the second period when Davis Weir hooked up with Jackson Barber on a 45-yard pass play that propelled the Vikings into Skyridge territory.
Skyridge’s Garrett Rusick came up with a big interception to stop another Viewmont drive that had gone as…