BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
SYRACUSE – It was an ugly and crazy game from start to finish, but the Davis Darts football team proved Thursday night that it can play through it all and win.
After a touchdown catch from Abel Porter and a touchdown run by Parker Rose, the Darts came back from an early 7-0 deficit to win 21-7 and increase their unbeaten record to 4-0 this season.
“It was a wild game,” said Darts coach Ryan Bishop. “Syracuse is a physical football team, and I knew that we were going to have to play our best game and have something happen.”
Syracuse got on the board first thanks to a short punt by Davis following a three-and-out drive. With the ball spotted on the Darts 29-yard line, Syracuse went four plays before Kole Tracy found Josh Thalman for an four-yard* touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead.
It was the only lead Syracuse had all game long, and Bishop was happy to see his team respond to the early pressure.
“We got to put our defense in a position for success,” he said. “We can’t always rely on them to bail us out, and we didn’t do that early on, but if we can come back and put our guys in a better situation then we’re going to be successful.”
The Darts defense helped the offense get in good position for the game-tying score, recovering a fumble deep in Syracuse territory in the second quarter.
The drive was full of penalties, but Davis tied the game at 7-7 after Colton Chronister found Abel Porter for a seven yard touchdown.
Parker Rose scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter on a four-yard touchdown run, making the score 14-7.
Special teams accounted for the final score of the game, thanks to a fortuitous bounce and having the right player at the right place. After Davis was forced to punt, the Syracuse punt returner fumbled the ball attempting to go for extra yards.
The ball went right in the hands of Aaron Becker, who returned the ball 55 yards for the game-sealing touchdown.
“I love the resolve of our kids,” said Bishop. “They made something happen when nobody thought that anything could happen there.”
When trying to describe what happened, Bishop said it was “crazy,” and that “it’s high school football at its finest.”
“Anything can happen during any play,” he said. “You could watch games like this one all day and have that kind of play happen. I still don’t know for sure what happened. I was more worried about getting that punt off, and then I see (Becker) pop out and run the other way. It was pure craziness.”
The game had 17 accepted penalties and three turnovers, the last of which turned into an immediate touchdown for Davis.
The Darts will travel to Fremont High School to battle the Silver Wolves next Friday at 7 p.m.
*This article was updated to reflect accurate statistics.