“It was a great team effort,” said Dart coach Ryan Bishop. “We executed well, didn’t give up the big plays on defense and controlled the ball well on offense.
“We felt this was a very solid win for us.”
After the first quarter went scoreless, Davis was able to put up the first points in the game when Fowler found senior tight end Landon Horne for a six-yard touchdown. The play was set up by Hinds on special teams, as he returned a punt more than 60 yards to the Lancer four yard line. Two plays later the Darts were in the lead.
Hinds, however, was mostly kept in control when attempting to run the ball the first half. Bishop noted Layton’s defense was playing well to keep Hinds from breaking free most of the night.
“They played as well as anyone we’ve faced this year,” he said. “And Tanner’s a special player they knew they had to keep under control. He still came through in clutch spots though.”
On defense, Tanner’s brother Troy Hinds was keeping Layton’s attack from getting too far as well. With the help of teammates Trevor Rose, Tallon Burton, and Garrett Walker, Hinds racked up 11 total tackles while keeping the Lancers out of the end zone most of the game.
Tanner Hinds also did not stay shut down for long. Before the end of the first half, he broke free for a 21-yard scamper and ran in the two point attempt to give the Darts a 14 point lead. Before the half ended, he scored again from three yards out to give Davis a comfortable lead at half.
“His offensive line works very hard,” said Bishop. “He does things on his own sometimes but without those guys up front he wouldn’t be able to do half the things he does during a game.”
The second half started with a big kickoff return by Brandon Smith, who sprinted some 54 yards before being taken down. With Davis in Layton territory, they were able to sustain a long drive, but it was cut short and the Darts settled for a 31 yard field goal by Mike Jewkes.
Layton responded with a touchdown on their next possession, going 13 plays and 68 yards en route to an Adam Bunting one-yard touchdown run. The point after was blocked by Landon Hart and Layton never saw the end zone again.