By Josh McFadden
Now those are the Davis Darts we remember.
After faltering down the stretch in the regular season, the Davis football team is back to its winning ways – at the best possible time, too.
Davis defeated Weber 21-20 in a tough road contest in the second round of the Class 6A state tournament Oct. 30. It was sweet revenge for the Darts, which lost to their Region 1 rivals 32-26 on Oct. 2.
The playoff game was a classic.
For most of the game, Weber looked poised to defeat the Darts once again and end their season. Weber was up 13-0 at the end of the first quarter and tacked on another touchdown late in the second quarter to go up 20-0.
Davis wouldn’t let the Warriors score again.
Quarterback Chance Trujillo scored on a 1-yard TD run on the final play of the first half. The score, and a successful conversion, cut the margin to 20-7. Though the deficit was still 13 points, the score would prove to be critical later on.
Defense ruled the third quarter, as neither team could get on the scoreboard. The fourth quarter belonged to Davis. More accurately, the final three minutes of the game belonged to Davis.
In dramatic fashion, the Darts made a spirited comeback. First, running back Spencer Ferguson took a 20-yard pass from Trujillo into the end zone with 3:03 left to play. After Jackson Leaver’s extra point, the score was 20-14. Davis got the ball back and marched down the field. With just over a minute to play, the Darts took the lead when Ferguson ran the ball in from 4 yards out. Leaver was successful with his extra point kick.
From there, Davis held Weber out of scoring range and prevailed in the memorable postseason contest. It was the first time since 2009 that the Darts won at least two playoff games.
Weber held Ferguson to a season-low 42 yards on the ground, as the Darts managed just 76 rushing yards. But Trujillo and wide receiver David Spjut picked up the slack. Trujillo had 237 yards passing on 13 completions. Spjut caught nine passes for 183 yards, more than 20 yards a catch. Defensively, Josh Allred, Mason Kilgore and Mason Rigby each had seven tackles.
The Darts’ victory sets up a meeting at No. 3 seed Skyridge this Friday at 6 p.m. A Davis win would send the Darts to the semifinals on Nov. 12 where it would face the winner of Lone Peak and West.
The Braves’ season came to an end with a 5A quarterfinals loss at Skyline on Oct. 30. Bountiful came up short, losing to the Eagles 38-28.
Bountiful trailed the entire way, but kept things close, thanks largely to a stellar effort from Corbin Dubois. He rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. On defense, he made six tackles. Teammate Mitch Moldre made 12 tackles. Bountiful’s Boston Malmrose passed for 201 yards on 21 of 34 passing. Brooks Fornelius had eight catches for 93 yards and a 5-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
The Braves completed their 2020 campaign with a 7-5 record.
By Josh McFadden