Brad Lloyd and his Vikings spent the last couple seasons in Region 2, but the climb will be steep now that Viewmont is back Region 1 amid a slew of talented and storied football programs.
The Vikings went 2-9 and struggled to find its footing in 2012.
Lloyd, Viewmont's football coach, said his team is young entering the 2013 campaign.
Case in point: There is a three-way quarterback battle going on between two juniors (Max Hadlock, Hunter Anfinson) and a sophomore (Cole Huish).
All three saw time a year ago, but the battle for the keys to the offense continues.
"We want to move forward and build upon the sound foundation we have," Lloyd said. "Basically that's just preparing to win. We've been using the quote from Bobby Knight: 'Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.'"
If there's one thing Viewmont will have, it's will. Lloyd said many of the returners are eager to get over the disappointment from last season. Lloyd said senior running backs Riley Rohloff and Damon Knechtel will be key cogs in the Viking attack.
"We like the possibilities," Lloyd said.
He also said Viewmont returns four starters from last year's offensive line, adding most are seniors. But he did put the onus on those up front, those with varsity experience and those who have worked with all three quarterbacks a year ago.
"We want to finish and we want to make sure we compete in everything that we do," Lloyd said. "It's all about finishing and competing, and as always, it's always been my philosophy that they do their very, very best."
ASSIGNMENT • Region 1
LAST YEAR • 2-9 overall, 2-3 Region 2
KEY RETURNER • Aaron Dalton, sr., K/P/TE. Dalton, who committed to Utah State as a punter, is arguably one of the most imposing punters in the state, standing over 6 foot 5 and being a main weapon in the Viking offense.
PLAYERS TO WATCH • The seniors. Coach Lloyd said he's thrilled to have the 2014 senior class back with enthusiasm. "My seniors, I'm just so glad after a year like we had going 2-9, that they still believe in the program and me as a head coach," he said.
BIGGEST HOLE • The trenches. While the Vikings return many starters, Lloyd said it will be up to Viewmont's big bodies on both sides of the ball to ensure the team can compete in a large and physical Region 1.
NEED TO KNOW • Viewmont scored more than 16 points just four times in 2012, and as the season nears, Lloyd and Co. will need one of the three quarterbacks vying for the job to pull ahead and get to work with the offense.