by Josh McFadden Clipper sportswriter
Last year, the Davis football team had a nightmare season, winning just one game. Though this season is still in its early stages, it’s clear that the Darts have turned things around. At 3-0, Davis is one of four undefeated teams in Class 6A and the only squad in Region 1 with an unblemished record.
Last week, the Darts began league play with a 33-25 victory over Layton. Last season, the Lancers were the only team Davis beat in Region 1, though this time around, the Darts had a little more trouble than in last year’s 41-0 shellacking. Layton got on the board first, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. Davis responded with 20 points in a row – a touchdown and a field goal in the first and second quarters. Quarterback Garrett Larson accounted for both the TDs, tossing an 18-yard pass to Jack Rigby with less than five minutes to play in the first quarter and connecting on a 38-yard pass with Trey Baggett in the second.
Layton made things interesting with late in the second quarter and in the third quarter with 10 straight points. But a 1-yard plunge from Carston Christensen and two more field goals from Will Ferrin sealed the victory for the Darts. Christensen led the way on the ground for Davis. The junior had 128 yards on 23 carries. Larson completed 19 of 34 passes for 215 yards. But the real star may have been Baggett, who snagged eight passes for 130 yards.
The defense collected three sacks, one each from Preston Honey, Boston Green and Chase Potter. Davis tries to surpass last year’s win total in region play when it plays at Clearfield this Friday. The Falcons are 1-2 on the year. Farmington The Phoenix continue to struggle in their inaugural season. Farmington dropped to 0-3 last week with a 37-14 loss to Murray.
On a positive note, the Phoenix scored a season high in points, getting touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters. Trailing 17-0, Farmington got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown run from Hayden Toone. In the fourth quarter, the Phoenix capped the night’s scoring with a 5-yard TD run from Jeremy Wilcox. It was the first touchdowns of the season for both running backs. Kicker Ryan Marks hit both extra points. This Friday, the Phoenix play at Alta in their last game before the Region 5 season gets underway. Farmington plays at Viewmont on Sept. 14.