Viewmont. Davis.

Or, if you prefer: Davis. Viewmont.

Combine those two words in just about any context, and the result is awfully fun.

Purely from a statistical standpoint, the rivalry between Viewmont and Davis is one of the biggest in the state, if not the biggest.

When it comes to football, players and coaches from both schools understand just how important it is for their respective communities to beat the other.

Viewmont coach Robbie Gunter pointed out that, on the first day of school, people at Viewmont High start selling "anti-Davis bumper stickers" to members of its community. And enthusiasm for the annual big game builds from week to week.

Huge Region 1 implications will be on the line this year, and everyone associated with the rivalry expects to see an electric atmosphere inside Davis High's stadium when Viewmont travels there Friday evening.

"It is a big game, and I think everybody understands that," said Gunter.

Among other things, the Vikings' coach said he enjoys the similarities between the two 5A giants.

"What I think is great," Gunter said, "is we have the same kind of people. We're just separated by boundaries."

Picked to finish fifth by Region 1 coaches in the preseason, Viewmont (5-1, 3-0 in Region 1) has defied expectations so far and finds itself tied with Layton for first place in the league.

Gunter pointed out that, while there are lots of things his squad needs to do better to continue to win, he's been very pleased with its work ethic.

"I'm extremely happy with how hard they've worked," he said.

When you consider that Viewmont's only defeat came via a game-winning field goal with 10 seconds left against Bountiful in Week 3, it's easy to see why the Vikings have confidence as they enter a brutal stretch to end the regular season.

In addition to Friday's encounter with Davis, Viewmont closes the season with games against Layton and Northridge, both of which should be huge tests. A game with Weber is sandwiched between the Davis contest and the tough regular-season finales.

Meanwhile, Davis (3-3, 1-2) has endured an up-and-down season so far. The Darts registered big wins over Hunter and Brighton to kick off the season but dropped their next three, including two Region 1 contests.

Davis did, however, bounce back with a convincing win over Weber last week.

OTHER RIVALRY TILTS: Aside from Davis-Viewmont, several other long-standing rivalries will be renewed this week. Among them will be Union-Uintah, Kanab-Parowan, Logan-Ogden, San Juan-Grand, Millard-Richfield and American Fork-Spanish Fork.

TOP 25 WATCH: Week 6 was billed as one of the most important evenings of the regular season.

While the week did deliver a number of memorable contests and decisive moments, it didn't create big changes in this week's Deseret Morning News Top 25 rankings.

The top seven teams in the 14-writer poll — Jordan, Alta, Bingham, Timpview, Cottonwood, Layton and East — all maintained their same spots.

Big winners in this week's rankings included No. 12 Highland, No. 15 Riverton, No. 17 Cyprus and No. 20 Mountain Crest, as each of those teams rose at least five spots.

On the other hand, Bountiful (14), Snow Canyon (19) and Park City (25) each fell at least six places.


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