by Josh McFadden
Last Friday, high school football teams throughout the state made their season debuts. One Davis county squad played in its first-ever contest.
The Farmington Phoenix, which will compete in its first season in Region 5 of Class 5A, played at Timpanogos in their historic game. Things didn’t go so well for Farmington, but don’t expect head coach Daniel Coats and his players to let the loss the linger.
Farmington fell 48-7 in the program-beginning game. The Phoenix got their one and only touchdown off a 50-yard bomb from Wyatt Evertsen to Jeremy Wilcox in the second quarter. That quarter proved to be difficult, however, as Farmington surrendered 20 points.
Running back Hayden Toone, who rushed for more than 250 yards with Davis High School last season, will be a focal point on offense. Evertsen will guide an offense that Coats hopes will be effective at running and passing the ball.
Farmington will get its chance to even its record and pick up its first-ever victory this Friday when it hosts Northridge, Coats’ alma mater.
Returning Dart players would sooner forget the 2017 season. Davis went just 1-8 last season and managed only 82 points all year.
Things started off nicely for Davis this season.
The Darts blanked Bountiful 17-0 to open the year, with all 17 points coming in the first half. Quarterback Garrett Larson showed off his arm, tossing a pair of touchdowns, including a 61-yard bomb to Trey Baggett to open the scoring in the first half. He also found Max Tupola for a 6-yard TD in the second quarter. Larson had 147 yards on the evening. Carston Christensen powered the running game with 163 yards on 33 carries.
Head coach Mitch Arquette has a lot of work to do this season to get his Darts back in playoff contention. Along with Larson, Christensen, Tupola and Baggett, look for tight end Jack Rigby to make an impact in the passing game. Cambridge Bingham and Trace Dunn will open holes for the running backs and will protect Larson when he drops back to pass.
The defense had some struggles a year ago too, but the unit has four
returning starters. Tupola will also line up at linebacker, and Landon Burningham and Elijah Arkoudas will man the secondary.
Davis will try to exceed last year’s win total this Friday when it plays at Viewmont.
Thanks to a three-way tie-breaker, Bountiful sneaked into the playoffs last season. The Braves hope to return to the postseason but will have to do so with few experienced varsity starters.
Brig Willard, a stalwart on the Braves’ basketball team, is the quarterback. He’ll have to hand the ball off to a new cast of running back, as Bountiful lost several players at that position from last season.
The Braves were fantastic on defense a year ago; only one other 5A team allowed fewer points per game. The unit will reload this season. First-year head coach Tyler Hughes will break in several new starters, but defensive back Chance Sterett is a proven commodity.
Bountiful looks to regroup from its 17-0 loss to Davis when it hosts Hunter this Friday.