CLEARFIELD — Bet on the underdog — just ask Davis High.
The Darts weren't favored to be Region 1 champs. Heck they weren't even picked to finish second or third. Add the fact they had to beat the state's No. 1 team in Northridge last week and then Clearfield at home tonight — something they haven't done since 1991 — to earn the title, and the odds didn't look so good for the Darts. Good thing Davis doesn't worry about the odds.
The result of Friday night's game was a 27-16 victory over Clearfield. The win earns Davis at least a share of the Region 1 championship — its first since 1994 — depending on what Northridge does against Clearfield next week. The win also means the No. 1 region seed for the playoffs because of the head-to-head victory over Northridge.
"This feels great," said Davis coach Ryan Bishop. "A few weeks ago we got beat pretty good by Fremont. I'm proud of these kids for fighting through that and being successful." The success was seen on both sides of the ball for Davis tonight. The defense didn't give up a touchdown, while the offense ran all over Clearfield.
It took just 54 seconds and three plays for the Darts to score. The touchdown came when Andrew Lloyd snuck through the middle of the Falcons' line before turning on the jets for 76 yards.
Davis went back to Lloyd and back up the middle for another score later in the quarter. This one came from four yards out.
Clearfield had an answer this time when Matt Francom took the kickoff from the one and burst through the Davis kicking team, down the near sideline and into the end zone. The Falcons added the extra point to make it 14-7.
Davis extended the lead after Bryan Kariya went up the middle from six yards out. The Darts failed to add the extra point to keep it at 20-7.
With 1:51 left to play in the half and Davis threatening again, the lights went out at Clearfield. After sitting in the dark for 15 minutes, the officials elected to send both teams to the locker room and play out the first half after returning — something that turned out favorably for the Falcons.
Upon returning to the field, Davis fumbled the ball on its first play.
Defender Brock Thornley scooped up the loose ball and raced 67 yards for a touchdown. Clearfield added three to the scoreboard on a 22-yard field goal by Travis Sisneros to cut it to a 20-16 margin.
Davis would extend the lead to 27-16 in the fourth quarter after Lloyd scored from one yard out. Clearfield threatened again in the waning minutes, but the Dart defense did its job when Travis Hutchinson intercepted Devin Reid's pass at the Davis four-yard line.
"The offensive line was awesome. They have played amazing this year by opening the big holes. I did my part to focus on ball security," said Lloyd. "Our offense and defense feed off of each other and that is why we are doing so good."