by Josh McFadden
It may be early in the season, but every win in high school football is a big one, especially when it’s over a cross-town rival.
Davis knows the feeling well. The Darts slipped past Viewmont last Friday 14-12, moving their record to 2-0. Davis has already exceeded last season’s win total when it finished just 1-8.
Davis did all its scoring in the second quarter. The first touchdown came less than five minutes into the game when Alex Foster picked up a blocked punt in the end zone for a score. On Davis’ next offensive possession, it made it a 14-0 game on a Spencer Ferguson touchdown run from 24 yards out, followed by a successful extra point by Will Ferrin.
With credit to the Viewmont defense, the Darts weren’t able to generate much offense in the second half. Meanwhile, the Vikings’ attack began to chip away at the lead. Gabe Johnson hit a pair of field goals in the third quarter—one from 33 yards out, and the other a 23-yarder. Things got really interesting late in the fourth quarter when the Vikings converted on a long play.
With less than five minutes to go, Dutcher Lines hit Will Carter for a 79-yard bomb to cut the Davis lead to 14-12. Viewmont elected to go for two and tie the game, but Dutcher’s pass fell incomplete.
From there, Davis held on for the victory, avenging a 27-13 loss to the Vikings last year.
Viewmont held Davis to 79 yards on the ground and intercepted Davis quarterback Garrett Larson twice. But Larson did enough through the air—166 yards and better than a 50 percent completion rate—to secure the win.
The Vikings fell to 1-1 and host Class 4A Region 12’s Green Canyon on Friday. The undefeated Darts host Layton in the first of six region games.
The Braves regrouped after a tough shutout loss to Davis in week one to defeat Class 6A’s Hunter at home, 33-22.
Bountiful was up 19-7 at halftime and 26-7 midway through the third. Hunter put a minor scare into the Braves, but Bountiful was never seriously threatened.
Josh Welling had TD runs of 5 and 4 in the first half for the Braves. The senior added another 4-yard score in the third quarter to lead his team. Parker Nicoll had a defensive highlight in the second quarter, picking off a Hunter pass and returning it 50 yards for a touchdown. His efforts, followed by a Micah Pettit extra point, made it 19-7. The Braves opened the second half with a 5-yard TD pass from DaiSean Cash to Jeff Save.
This Friday, the Braves play another west side Salt Lake Valley squad when the head to Granger to take on the 0-2 Lancers.