BOUNTIFUL On a night when the rain also poured down, Viewmont quarterback Chris Larsen made it rain touchdowns. The senior threw four touchdown passes in leading the Vikings past Weber, 41-0.
Viewmont's offensive line did a terrific job, giving Larsen time to throw and allowing the Viking receivers to run deep seam routes and double moves. Larsen's favorite target was senior receiver Chad Randall, who registered Viewmont's first score on a 45-yard touchdown reception where he caught a simple crossing route and then weaved through the Weber defense on his way to the end zone.
Viewmont coaches knew that anytime Randall was in man coverage they had a major advantage. On their next possession they found Randall in man coverage and Larsen hit him for a 14-yard touchdown. The play was possible because Larsen had plenty of time to allow Randall to come across the entire field.
Going for the hat trick, Randall fielded a Weber punt at the 41-yard line, raced toward the left sideline and then managed to keep his feet in bounds the final seven yards to the end zone. The score put the Vikings up 20-0 and marked Randall's third touchdown of the first quarter.
"It feels pretty amazing to score three touchdowns in one game, but I have to give all the credit to the offensive line," said Randall.
Weber didn't help itself by turning the ball over four times three in the second half. On the three Viewmont scoring drives in the second half, none were longer than 50 yards. The second half started identical to the first with Larsen finding Levi Ball for a 33-yard touchdown strike. Ball ran a fly route down the left hash mark and Larsen hit him in stride with a beautiful arcing pass. Despite the wet weather, Larsen had tremendous accuracy and touch throughout the night.
"Larsen is a really good quarterback," said head coach Robbie Gunter. "He plays hard and he's a great team leader."
Once again, Viewmont's defense dominated an opponent. In their last four games the Vikings have only surrendered nine points. Linebacker Sam Graham is a solid anchor at middle linebacker and surrounded by great talent.
"Our defense did a pretty good job tonight; we really came out to play hard," said Randall.
Up next for the Vikings is a clash for the Region One crown with Layton. The Lancers are undefeated in Region One, but if the Vikings win it means they could capture their first region championship since 1973.
"Layton is a great football team," Larsen said. "We know we have to play our very best to beat them."