KAYSVILLE – Bingham is the undefeated, undisputed champion of 5A football.
Ranked as one of the top teams in the state, the Miners will come into Davis High School’s football field riding a 13-game winning streak and one of the top offenses and defenses around.
Davis coach Tyler Gladwell recognizes just how daunting of a task that will be, but he’s also aware that the Darts have never been ones to back away from a challenge either.
“We knew when the schedule came out that we were going to have a tough preseason ahead of us,” Gladwell said. “But more than anything, we knew this game and our preseason schedule was going to help us and give us the experience we need to have before getting into our region games.”
The Darts will have a new quarterback when they step on the field for the new season. Parker Chritiansen will be the new signal caller and will, just like Colton Chronister last season, come in well-prepared and ready to accept the challenge of facing Bingham’s defense.
Other familiar faces will be seen by Darts fans Friday night with the return of running back Mason White, tight end Christian Smith and wide receiver Connor Simonsen.
White led the team in rushing yards last season and is likely to carry the load again Friday night.
Smith has a little experience from last year’s team playing tight end. The senior caught caught 17 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns last year and will be a solid target for Christiansen to throw to.
Simonsen could be a possible big-play receiver with the graduation of Abel Porter, who led the team in receiving yards last season. Simonsen, however, was the leading receiver in catches and had 259 yards receiving with a touchdown.
If there is a hole to be found in the Miners as a team, its the return of only two of its starters from last season. Their quarterback, Kyle Gearig, led the team in passing yards and threw 28 touchdowns in a well-balanced offense last season.
But nearly the entire offensive line will be new, and the Darts will look to take advantage of that.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is 7 p.m.