Clipper Sports Editor
SYRACUSE — As the preseason schedule drew to a close for Davis High School and Syracuse High School, both football teams emerged undefeated.
Both will enter Region 1 action as strong contenders for a region crown, with the opposite team standing in their way.
The Darts entered the season with a new quarterback, but not much has changed elsewhere on the team’s offensive skill positions.
Under center, Colton Chronister took the reigns from Gage Cook, who graduated. Chronister performed well in his first three games at quarterback.
Through preseason, he threw for five touchdowns against one interception, and also had two rushing touchdowns.
All told, Chronister has accounted for nearly 800 yards of offense, and coach Ryan Bishop isn’t surprised by his development as a player.
“He’s a team guy first,” said Bishop. “He’s been with our program for four years and has played five or six different positions for us in that time. He’s one of those guys that does what he’s told to do and will be the first to tell you we’ve done very well as a team.”
Chronister, along with teammates Parker Rose and Mason White, has carried the running game for the Darts. Through three games, the trio has combined for 710 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.
On defense, the Darts look to be one of the toughest teams to score against.
Titans likely aren’t overlooking the fact that the Darts have only allowed 14 points in three games.
“That’s all on our coaches,” he said. “They’ve done a great job preparing the defense for our opponents each week. Even in Week 1 when we didn’t know our opponent that well, our coaches had the team prepared and the players went out and executed.”
Having to play Syracuse, the defending Region 1 champion and a representative in the 5A championship game in 2012, doesn’t intimidate the team in any way, either.
Syracuse is “one of the premier teams in the State,” Bishop said, but he doesn’t discount the importance of playing each team on a week-by-week basis.
“There’s no doubt (Syracuse) is one of the best teams right now,” he said. “But one of the things we try to do as coaches is not to put too much importance on one team over another.”
Bishop said he will prepare for Syracuse just as for any other team, and the Darts will be ready to hit the field Thursday night.
“It’s not the ideal situation to have to play a day earlier,” he said, “but that’s how the schedule went. They have to play a day earlier too, so I’m sure they’ll be ready just like we’ll be.”
Kick off will be at 7 p.m. at Syracuse High School and is the KJZZ game of the week. It will be aired on channel 14.