BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
LAYTON — The Davis Darts will be looking to pick up their second region win as they head to Layton High to take on the Lancers Friday night at 7 p.m.
Davis, riding a streak of four wins in its last five games, is coming off a 35-21 victory over Fremont and will have plenty of momentum as it look to secure one of the top four playoff spots in Region 1.
Leading the Davis offensive attack this season has been Gage Cook. The senior quarterback leads the team in passing and rushing yards, as well as total touchdowns. His four-touchdown effort last week was one of the key items that turned a 21-21 halftime tie with Fremont to a 35-21 victory. Cook accounted for both second half touchdowns.
Cook’s passing efficiency has also been key to the Darts’ early success. With 729 yards passing through six games, Cook is averaging 121 passing yards per game. But he’s also completing his passes at a 65-percent rate in 96 attempts.
His ability to run, said coach Ryan Bishop, has been a big part of the Darts’ overall offensive attack. Leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns, Cook has averaged four yards per carry, as have teammates Parker Rose and Ashton Reinhold, who are second and third on the team in rushing this season.
Davis’ key contributions on defense has been Jackson Peacock, who leads the team with 52 tackles and has one interception. Kawika Tapuola has been a thorn on the opposing quarterback’s side, getting three sacks in six games to go along with 18 tackles.
The line-backing and secondary has also been a hassle to quarterbacks this season as the Darts already have 11 interceptions as a team. Chance Parker leads the team with three interceptions so far, which is already one more than what the entire defense had last season. Matt Morrell and Kyle Godderidge each have a pair of interceptions in the secondary as well.
Layton High’s Willie Uasilaa has been the one consistent player on a Lancers team that has lost two of its last three games. The senior running back leads the team in rushing yards and touchdowns, and is third on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns.
Hunter Evans, the team’s quarterback, has give the Lancers a second dimension in the passing game despite completing less than 50 percent of his passes. With 73 completions, Evans already has 1,131 passing yards with eight touchdowns and has two receivers, Tyler Fox and Marcus Kemp, who are either approaching or have passed 400 receiving yards.
Between Fox, Kemp and Uasilaa, the trio is averaging better than 15 yards per reception with nine touchdown catches.
The Lancers’ defense is full of players who have racked up tackles, sacks and interceptions on each level of the defense. Layton has four players with at least 30 tackles, led by Daviaire Dickerson’s 55 tackles. Dickerson also leads the team in sacks and Fox leads the team in interceptions.
Layton as a team has 11 sacks with seven interceptions.