A second place finish in Region 1, a home playoff game, a running back that can run all day, and receivers that can catch and make a few moves.
But on Friday night, all of that went for naught. Gavin Fowler was forced to throw a lot, leading to four interceptions as he and the rest of the Darts dropped out of playoff contention following a 52-7 loss to Jordan High School.
The game was controlled by Jordan from the beginning, as they scored a touchdown on their very first possession to take a seven point lead.
In the scoring drive, Beetdigger quarterback McCoy Hill either ran or passed the ball on every down.
The drive lasted nine plays and went 80 yards, with McCoy scoring on a three yard touchdown run.
After Davis was forced to go three and out, the Darts were able to force a turnover on Jordan’s next possession. A fumble recovered by Brock Beyer had the Darts in position to take the lead.
However, after a Fowler pass and a Tyrel Day run put the Darts on the 10-yard line, Jordan High’s Mark Krueger intercepted Fowler’s pass attempt and ran it back 80 yards to put the Diggers up by two scores.
Just before the first quarter ended, both the Darts and the Beetdiggers were able to score touchdowns.
Jordan scored on a touchdown pass from Hill to Blake Miller to extend the lead to 21-0.
Davis, after a good kick return placed them at the Dart 39-yard line, scored on the very next play when Fowler found teammate Cade Miller for a 61-yard touchdown pass to reduce the deficit to 14.
But that was as close as Davis got, as the Jordan offense proved to be too much for the Dart defense the rest of the game.
The Beetdiggers wasted no time scoring when they got the ball back, marching another 80 yards on six plays.
Again Hill was in complete control of the offense, as he ran the ball four times in the drive and completed both pass attempts.
The drive was capped off by Hill scoring on a two yard run.
Davis had one other promising drive in the first half, when they went on an 11-play drive that started on their 20 yard line.
But an offensive pass interference call stalled their efforts and they were forced to punt.
Jordan extended its lead following the punt when a 10-play drive ended with a 35-yard field goal made by Cody Rogers.
The half ended with Davis down by 24 points.
The Darts’ fortunes didn’t turn around for them to begin the second half, as the defense allowed Jordan to score on the first possession of the third quarter. Jordan’s drive, which went 64 yards, took seven plays and was finished when Hill found teammate Austin Grant on a 12-yard pass play.
The Darts started their next drive by mostly throwing the football, which helped. On back-to-back plays, Fowler found Dallin Hart for 25 yards, which put them in Jordan territory.
After a 31-yard scamper put Davis at the 14 yard line, they were forced to turn the ball over in four plays.
Fortune didn’t smile for Davis in their next possession either, as Fowler threw his second interception, which Jordan turned into a touchdown on the next play.
Before the third quarter ended, the Beetdiggers found the end zone for the final time in the contest.
After Fowler’s third interception put the ball in Davis territory, Jordan crossed the goal line after Hill threw to Blake Miller for a six-yard touchdown pass.
The fourth quarter featured mostly backups for the Darts.
For the game, Tyrel Day was held to just 32 yards on 16 carries, as neither he nor anyone else in the backfield was able to run the ball effectively.
Fowler finished the game with 213 yards on 13 completions with the one touchdown pass and four interceptions.
Miller finished the game with four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown and Hart ended the night with six catches for 93 yards.