KAYSVILLE – The Davis Darts were hoping to make a strong statement to the rest of the state as they battled the Bingham Miners at home to open the season.
Instead Bingham proved why they are one of the top-ranked football teams in the country as they beat the Darts 33-14 at Davis High School Friday night.
The Davis defense was holding steady against Bingham’s offense to start the game, holding the Miners to a three-and-out and forcing a turnover on downs in the first two possessions.
However, a fumble recovery in their own territory led to the Miners going on a 10-play drive that was capped off by a five-yard touchdown run by Kyle Gearig.
Bingham was held to a field goal to take a 10-0 halftime lead.
Davis’s first drive of the second half stalled out, and a penalty by the Darts gave the Miners field position on the Davis 40 yard line to start the drive.
Four carries and 40 yards later, Austin Smith scored the first of his two touchdowns to give Bingham a 17 point lead.
Another three-and-out by Davis turned into a quick touchdown by Bingham after Gearig found Smith for a 45 yard catch-and-run touchdown for a 24-0 lead. Bingham added another score and recorded a safety in the fourth quarter.
Davis wasn’t complete shutout; however, adding two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring for the night.
The Darts were held to 40 yards of total offense in the first half, 21 of them rushing. Parker Christiansen had a rough night for Davis in his first start, failing to reach 100 yards of total offense in the game.
Davis will play Hunter at Hunter High School next Friday at 7 p.m.