High school football: Skyridge soars to 4-0 start with win over previously unbeaten Viewmont

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.

Weir then lofted a 24-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Bushey, and Preston Pitt‘s PAT kick made it 7-0 with 10:44 remaining in the second quarter.

Skyridge’s Garrett Rusick came up with a big interception to stop another Viewmont drive that had gone as…

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