At that point turmoil loosens up. “Oh goodness, we got exceptional groups around here on the field,” sideline correspondent Tony Parks says, his fervor level transcending what a grim second half had given up until this point. “We got a canine on the field! He’s at the 40!” Parks shouts. “Wow!” Harrington says. The group thunders and the cameras slice to a 10-month-old, highly contrasting labradoodle dashing before the Davis High sideline, seeming to have a great time.
The canine is at the north finish of the field, inverse the activity. The game proceeds with unabated and the canine in the long run comes up short on the north end zone. The communicate doesn’t go on unabated. “Kibbles and pieces isn’t a support, get him out of here!” Parks says in his spot-on “Speedster” Hundley pantomime, evoking chuckles from Fox and Harrington. “He’s coming baaaaack,” Fox says as the canine jogs back onto the field. “Someone get this show on the road a tennis ball and toss it!” Parks says in his Hot Rod voice.Ten minutes and 37 seconds stay in the final quarter. Davis High has a first-and-10, from its own 10-yard line on the south side of its home field, following Viewmont High 16-13 on, Aug. 22, 2019, during a broadcast Thursday Night Lights game on KJZZ. The TV supporters, Dave Fox and Alema Harrington, are talking about their up and coming communicate plan.
“We’re not doing Thursday in light of the fact that there’s another game going on in Provo,” Fox says, referencing the imminent Utah-BYU clash. “This present canine’s proprietor is going insane at this moment,” Harrington says. “He’s in a difficult situation,” Fox includes. At that point, it abandoned a fun, blameless occurrence, into old stories. The Darts have a basic third-and-11 at their own 9. Quarterback Chance Trujillo tosses David Spjut on the correct side and Fox winds up commentating two separate things.
“They’ve gotta stop this game, it’s third-and-11 and the canine just … God help us,” Fox says. ••• Up until around two years back, Lori Salvo says she’d never had a canine. In October 2018, her child purchased a doggy he named Mahone, articulated like “Mahoney” from the film “Police Academy.” Soon after, her child left to California for work. “He returns the mid year, it’s as yet my canine,” Salvo said in an ongoing telephone meet. “He was a little dog and simply needed to be wherever I was. He was so prancy thus brimming with life. ‘Alright mother, what are we doing now?'” Salvo lives near Davis High.
She’s right now the Darts’ volleyball and young ladies golf lead trainer, yet resigned from educating after last school year. In February, Salvo was accepted into the Utah High School Activities Association’s Circle of Fame for her administration of over 40 years instructing at Davis, Ben Lomond and Viewmont secondary schools. She knew one of her golf players, current Utah Valley University first year recruit Caylyn Ponich, would get a $500 grant at halftime of the football match-up. Salvo strolled with Mahone over to the football match-up and sat at the north finish of the field.
Mahone knew about the spot, having gone around on the field commonly before.Since 1964, Davis and Viewmont have gone head to head multiple times with the Darts driving the arrangement 36-15-1, as indicated by prep football history specialist George Felt. There’s a huge enlistment hole between the two schools now, yet that in any case, this game has been particularly fascinating of late. A year ago’s 16-13 Viewmont win followed a 14-12 win by Davis in 2018. Davis won 17-14 of every 2016. Viewmont won 27-21 out of 2015 and 27-20 of every 2010. There was a great deal of development to the 2019 challenge, particularly since the two groups were falling off seven-win seasons the prior year and particularly since it had been picked for a KJZZ communicate. “We lost to them the prior year and we realized we shouldn’t have. Measurably, we had held them to under 100 yards hurrying, and it resembled 200 yards passing and it boiled down to a few errors, two or three calls that didn’t go our direction and we realized we should’ve dominated that match,” said current Utah Utes lineman Alex Harrison, who moved on from VHS in 2019.
“The vibe of the game, it was a normal Viewmont-Davis fight royale and it made it shockingly better that it was the round of the week, broadcast,” Viewmont mentor Scott Ditty said in an ongoing meeting. “You could feel the pressure of each play on each sideline in light of the nature, you know?” Tony Parks as of late reviewed. “The group was at a fever pitch. One thing I like about covering secondary school football, you have such a large number of incredible contentions and when you have these competitions, you can feel the significance of each play, you can feel energy swings simply convey one way.” The Vikings opened the scoring with a 12-yard score go from Will Schultz to Micah Johnson. A couple punts later, the Vikings made the mistake of kicking to the Darts’ then-junior David Spjut. Spjut received the ball at his own 17-yard line. “He’s already had some big returns, he’s looking for more!” Fox said on the broadcast. And 83 yards later, Spjut had a touchdown. Peter Stevenson missed the ensuing extra point, prompting a rather prophetic remark from Harrington. “Obviously at any level, that kicking game is important,” Harrington said.
Sam Trusty scored a rushing TD for the Vikings and Trujillo found Stevenson for an 89-yard catch-and-run score before halftime. Viewmont led 14-13 at the break. The politically correct description of the second half was that it was lackluster. Other descriptions were more blunt. All told, the teams combined for six turnovers (five of them committed by Davis), 24 penalties, 13 punts and a 5-for-25 third-down conversion rate. “You had big plays, but then you had really bad plays, you know what I mean? So it was — I think what really bugged us is we weren’t consistent in anything,” Davis linebacker Ephraim Fiso said. Viewmont took a 16-13 lead after Davis center Parker Last’s snap skittered under Trujillo and through the back of the end zone for a safety.
The broadcast crew noted that, by that point in the third quarter, Viewmont had gained 4 yards of offense and Davis had gained 19. “Not putting up very many points, it’s always frustrating. Where we’re not even moving the ball past the 50-yard line, that’s even more frustrating,” Trujillo said. The Darts needed something big when they got the ball for a first down at their own 10 early in the fourth quarter. Eventually, they had a big third down. ••• Before halftime, Salvo took Mahone inside with her and didn’t think twice about it. She went into the coaches office, accessed through a door on the north side of the stadium. She thought the locker room, which adjoins the coaches office, was closed and let Mahone off the leash.
Here's Mahone's moment from last year. Mid-play pic.twitter.com/zS7dbchky7
— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) August 21, 2020
“The next thing I know, my niece is out on the field, and she’s calling me going, ‘Lori, you’ve got to get out here right now,” Salvo recalled. Her niece was laughing the whole time. Salvo asked what was going on. “’Mahone is on the field and he’s just taken his doody.’” The very good dog had snuck out of the building and gone on the equivalent of a joyride that culminated with a squat at the 22-yard line in the middle of a play, prompting the loudest cheer of the night.
I've been talking about retelling this story for a year now. I'm very excited to be able to bring it to you this week as Davis and Viewmont tussle again this week
— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) August 20, 2020