The Region 1 champion Viewmont Vikings got a couple of scares in their 3-2 victory Tuesday afternoon at the 4-A soccer tournament, the least of which was the Brighton Bengals.
Late in the first half, Viking defender Travis Hogge went down hard after a collision in front of the Brighton goal. Right away everyone knew something was very wrong as Hogge lay motionless.The Viewmont trainer got to him first and Hogge's father bolted out of the stands, calling for an ambulance as he ran on the field.
One of the first to get to Hogge was Davis County Constable Phil Leonard, who was on assignment at the game.
"We got out there in seven or eight seconds," said Leonard, referring to himself and Davis County Sheriff Duane Potts. "He was down and not breathing. He was already blue and started having convulsions. He didn't have an airway, so we turned him and put his head back and soon he started breathing."
Paramedics soon arrived at the Woods Cross High field and they worked on Hogge for several minutes, while Viewmont players huddled on the field in prayer. A few minutes later a Life Flight helicopter arrived to transport Hogge to the University Hospital.
By the end of the game, the Viewmont team had received word that Hogge was already up and around, making jokes. But late Tuesday night, a hospital spokesman listed Hogge in serious, but stable condition with a concussion.
At the time of the accident, Viewmont was ahead 3-1, thanks to goals by Jason Pitt, Nick Berry and Aaron James. But the Vikes weren't able to score again and barely hung on as Brighton came back after the half-hour delay.
"Very much so," said Viewmont Coach Will Veal, when asked if Hogge's injury affected his team's play the rest of the game. "They were drained, emotionally as well as physically. They didn't play as physical or as well as they could have after that."
The Vikings will meet Skyline, a 1-0 winner over Clearfield, in Thursday's semifinals at 4:30 p.m. The other semi pits a pair of Region 2 teams, Alta and Highland, at 6:15 p.m. The Hawks defeated Roy 3-0 and the Rams beat Bingham 2-1.
Skyline 1, Clearfield 0, SO
After neither team scored in regulation or two 10-minute overtimes, they went to a shootout. And the Eagles prevailed when goalie Ryan Gardner stopped two Falcon shots after three Eagles scored. First Gardner scored, followed by Jeremy Jones and Paul Williams.
Highland 2, Bingham 1
The Rams, who were winless a year ago, are the Cinderella story of the tournament. After knocking off Region 4 champion Mountain View in an inter-region playoff game Friday, the fourth-place Rams knocked off the Miners to move into the semifinals.
Ram freshman Jacob Croft scored first on a shot from the right side midway through the first half. Bingham tied it up in the second half when John Sorich scored on a penalty kick. Then in the waning minutes, Daniel Garcia scored for Highland on a penalty kick after Joe Sheffield was tackled on a breakaway.
Alta 3, Roy 0
The defending 4-A champs took a while to get going, but won after scoring three second-half goals. First Todd Miller scored off a free kick, then Matt Smith scored. In the final minutes, Jeff Gillett added another. Derek Russell made several saves in goal for the Hawks. "We got beat by a better team," said Roy Coach Scott Snelson.