Clipper Sports Editor
LAYTON — The Davis High School Darts football team has had a long time to prepare for Thursday night’s game against Northridge.
When they travel to Northridge High School, the Darts will, once again, be in a battle for first place in Region 1.
Davis, still unbeaten at 6-0 entering Thursday night’s game, has the best defense in all of 5A. At 35 points allowed, the team has allowed an average of 5.8 points per game, good enough to make them the best scoring defense in the state.
Leading the defense this season is senior linebackers Davis Hansen and Jaxon Foreman, and senior defensive linemen Chandler Rudolph and Kawika Tupuola.
All four are among the team’s top tacklers, and Tupuola leads the team in sacks.
Defensive back Matt Morrell has served as the team’s ball hawk in the secondary. He leads the team with four interceptions.
The secondary will be put to the test this week, as the Knights have a solid set of receivers this season.
Northridge’s Jace Colby is currently the team leader in receiving yards with 710. With 31 catches, the wide receiver is averaging nearly 23 yards per reception.
Darts quarterback Colton Chronister has spread the ball around in the passing game this season, completing at least 10 passes to as many as six different receivers.
He’s also proven to be a great decision maker as well as a good runner. Along with his 1,058 passing yards, Chronister has rushed for 366 yards and has a total of 14 touchdowns (12 of them passing) against only two interceptions.
Running back Parker Rose has proven to be a threat both as a rusher and a receiver. Rose has rushed for 468 yards and six touchdowns, and has 10 catches with one touchdown receiving as well.
Teammate Mason White has also done well in the running game. The junior is second on the team with 433 yards and three touchdowns.
Northridge, winner of back-to-back games after taking down Fremont 27-0 last week, is the region’s best scoring team entering Thursday night’s game.
The Knights lead the region with 137 total points, an average of 34 points per game this season.
Northridge is also ranked in the top 10 in scoring in the 5A class.
The Darts and Knights will kickoff at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Northridge High School.