CLEARFIELD As part of their homecoming festivities, Clearfield High planned a fireworks show after their game against Viewmont.
What the Falcons didn't expect was the Vikings to put on a display of their own in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 18-7 with seven minutes remaining in the game, the Vikings broke loose for 26 unanswered points on their way to a 33-18 win. It was Viewmont's second fourth-quarter comeback in as many weeks.
In both of their wins the last two weeks, Viewmont has looked like world-beaters during the crucial moments of the fourth quarter. Both coach Robbie Gunter and quarterback Ryan Workman would like to see the Vikes play a consistent four quarters and give the cardiac kids gig a break.
"I'm actually sick of it. I wanna win a solid game wear we play good from quarter one through four," said Workman, who had 245 yards through the air and 69 on the ground with a touchdown both running and passing.
"This region is giving me gray hairs," said Gunter of Region 1.
While that may be true, it is Gunter and his imaginative play-calling that is sure to give Region 1 defenses some sleepless nights. The play that turned the tide was a running-back pass that went for six points.
Workman tossed a swing pass to Dustin Grigg, who cocked and launched a perfect spiral to Travis Frye streaking up the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown pass making the score 18-13.
On the ensuing possession, Clearfield made a crucial mistake, botching a punt and giving the Vikes the ball on the Falcons' 20-yard line. Viewmont scored shortly after on a 4-yard run by Iuni Tuli.
The two-point conversion failed, and it was up to the Vikings' defense to seal the victory. They had played stout defense most of the game, but had been stung by the big play, as Clearfield scored on a 65-yard pass from Kolton Young to Justin Parkinson and a 36-yard run by Young in the first half.
The Vikings, led by linebacker Matthew Cahoon, who had nine tackles in all, swarmed Clearfield on every possession of the final period. Led by linebacker Matthew Cahoon, who was all over the field racking up nine tackles, the Falcons couldn't find any room to push the ball up the field.
Viewmont came up with big plays on two fourth-down attempts by Clearfield deep in their own territory to set up tack-on touchdowns by Workman and Kolby McCloyn.
The win keeps Viewmont perfect at 2-0 in Region 1.
"The defense was helping us out a lot. We all know we can do it. It's pathetic it takes us three quarters to get going," said Workman.
Gunther echoed that sentiment saying, "Our guys are determined and won't give up on each other. They finally started to get that sense of urgency. We've just gotta get it a little earlier."