Quarterback Brandon Doman led Skyline on back-to-back 74 and 77-yard touchdown drives to boost the Eagles to a 28-21 Region 2 victory over Davis Friday night.
For three quarters, it looked like fifth-ranked Davis was up to the task by stifling the vaunted Skyline running attack, a fact that wasn't lost on head coach Roger Dupaix."That's a great team (Davis) over there," Dupaix said. "We got some good breaks at the end. We were lucky to win. They had us on our backs the whole game."
"Well, almost the whole game."
"He (Doman) just turned it up a notch. The line turned it up a notch," Dupaix said of the winning drive, which saw Doman account for 61 of the 77 yards covered. "He broke some tackles, it was just tremendous," Dupaix said.
But, give the Eagle defense a little credit too. With 3:15 remaining Davis wasn't about to concede its homecoming game without a fight. Dixon Brown grabbed the kickoff at his own 5, slipped through the first wave of tacklers and streaked down the sideline and came within one player of breaking free. The Darts found themselves with excellent field position at the Eagle 45.
Davis quickly moved to a first down at the 24 but then the Eagle defense stiffened. On fourth down at the 18 Skyline's Creed Pettit broke through and forced Kyle Olsen to throw up a prayer that wasn't answered. The Eagles then ran out the final 47 seconds for the win.
Davis struck first with running back Ben Warden going in from 2 yards out on the final play of the first quarter. The run capped a 21-yard drive that followed a Skyline fumble.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter. They moved 90 yards capped by a 46-yard scoring strike from Doman to runningback Alan Earl, who went free all alone down the right side. The kick failed.
For Earl, it would be the highlight of the game. Two plays later he and Davis linebacker Adam Sheffield were tossed out of the game for fighting.
Davis went to the air, moving from its 11 to the end zone in nine plays with Josh Godfrey scoring on a 25-yard pass from Olsen to give the Darts a 14-6 halftime advantage.
Skyline tied the score in the third quarter on a 3-yard run by Charles Patton and a 2-point conversion before regaining the lead on a 36-yard pass from Olsen to Chadd Bessinger. That set up the final two scoring drives by Skyline, Doman hitting Rob Adams with a 46-yard toss on the first one and Doman scoring on a 5-yard run for the game-winner.
Bountiful 38, Cottonwood 6
At Cottonwood, the Braves scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game against the Colts. Jon Benson scored two touchdowns for Bountiful (3-2, 1-1), including a 69-yard jaunt after picking up a blocked punt.
Viewmont 21, Highland 14
At Highland, Paul Hess hauled in a 47-yard TD pass from Mark Larsen to break a tie game and give the Vikings a win over the Rams. Larsen threw two TD passes for Viewmont (3-2, 1-1).