Davis High scored 21 unanswered second-half points to upset No. 3 Clearfield 35-21, adding fuel to the rumor that the Darts are indeed back.
"We just had to convince them at halftime that it was time to come to play and to start getting off the ball," said Davis coach Jim Dickson. "The score going into the locker room helped give us some momentum, but we needed to take control at the line of scrimmage."And take control they did. Davis scored on three consecutive series en route to the convincing victory. For the night, senior quarterback Kyle Olsen hit on 13 of 20 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns. It was Olsen's knack for making something happen after a miscue that made the difference.
The Dart's first score came on a 30 yard desperation pass on fourth and 23 two plays after a holding penalty nullified a 24-yard scoring strike two plays earlier. Both times it was senior wideout Josh Godfrey coming up with the sticky fingers.
The Falcons answered with a 10-play 66 yard drive with senior running back Jeremy Bair doing most the damage before Ray Sandoval took it in from six yards out. The Falcons came right back following a Davis fumble, mounting a eight play 35 yard drive with Sandoval carrying in from one yard out. And it was Clearfield mounting a two touchdown lead with 1:42 remaining in the half after Marcus Mordido capped an 89 yard drive with a 19 yard touchdown reception after bouncing off one defender and finding daylight around the left side.
But Clearfield's score came a minute too soon. Davis went on a passing tear as Olsen hit on five of seven tosses, capped by a 6 yard scoring pass to Dixon Brown to cut the deficit to one touchdown going into the locker room.
"That helped," said Dickson. "It meant we didn't have to come out throwing right off in the second half."
Maybe they didn't have to throw, but throw they did. Chad Bessinger hauled in 24 yard toss over the top of a Clearfield defender to tie the game while Godfrey hauled in a 25 yard toss to put the game away. In between, Olsen added a five yard touchdown scamper that proved to be the game winner.