Clipper Sports Editor
KAYSVILLE – The Davis Darts football game against Layton Wednesday night was one of those games where taking advantage of a given situation was going to be the key to winning the ball game.
Davis did just that, turning all of its momentum-turning situations into scores as the Darts beat the Lancers 36-24 to stay unbeaten on the season.
“You can track a football game down to a couple critical points,” said Davis coach Ryan Bishop. “There were five or six of those little things that turned into critical points tonight, and that’s a little more than usual.”
The first critical play for Davis occurred after Colton Chronister scored on a two-yard touchdown run, giving the Darts an eight point lead following a two-point conversion.
On the kickoff, Layton’s return man had a difficult time handling the ball, and it was recovered by Davis. Three plays later, Chronister scored on a one-yard touchdown run, giving Davis a 22-10 lead at halftime.
“Colton is a great player; he puts himself in the right situations, and our offensive kids really rally around him,” said Bishop. “I’m really proud of our offensive kids.”
An unfortunate opening to Davis’ second half turned into yet another critical point for the Darts, as an accidental touch on the kickoff gave the Darts the ball on their own five-yard line.
On the next play; however, Chronister found Abel Porter for a 95-yard touchdown pass, and a 29-10 lead.
“We needed every single point tonight at every single part of the game,” said Bishop. “That was big. Really it was big time players making big time plays. It was almost like ‘wow’.”
Layton didn’t fold under the big deficit; however, as running back Davis Marriott scored a pair of second half touchdowns to get the Lancers back into the game.
His first touchdown of the second half came with 2:40 left in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 29-17. His second touchdown of the half cut the Darts’ lead to 36-24.
At the end of the night, Marriott scored all three of Layton’s touchdowns and ran for 224 yards.
“That is as good of an offensive line as we’ve seen,” said Bishop. “They’ve got good backs. (Layton coach) Jim Hatcher was on my staff, and he and I coached together for five years. He’s a great coach.”
Chronister threw for two touchdowns and passed for two more against Layton. The quarterback threw for 275 yards in the win.
The Darts remain undefeated with a record of 8-0 this season.
Davis’ last game of the regular season will be against Weber next Friday at Davis High School. Kickoff is at 7 firstname.lastname@example.org