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Darts undaunted by 0-2 start to season

Following an 0-2 start, the Davis football team looks to get back on track tonight against Granger.

On the heels of the 2004 5A state title, coaches pegged the Darts as Class 5A's No. 4 preseason team.

That label was probably unfair to Davis, who lost several starters from its championship-winning team and began the season with two tough games.

The Darts lost in overtime to red-hot West Jordan in week one before falling to Brighton last Friday. West Jordan (No. 7) and Brighton (No. 3) are both placed high in the Deseret Morning News Top 25 rankings.

Despite the defeats, Davis coach Ryan Bishop isn't about to press any panic buttons.

"Nothing's gone wrong (in the preseason)," Bishop said matter of factly. "We graduated a lot of kids last year. (This year's team) has been learning on the fly . . . I hope we'll translate the learning curve and good things will happen."

The first chance to build on those good things will come tonight against Granger. Like Davis, the Lancers have registered two defeats against top 25 teams (Jordan and Hunter).

"I'm impressed with Granger from what I've seen on tape," said Bishop. "They're trying to find themselves like we are."

Bishop said he saw improvement from the first week to the second, and he's looking for his team to become more consistent tonight.

"We're trying to put the pieces together," he said.

LOOKING FOR WIN NO. 1: Davis-Granger is one of six match-ups this week featuring winless teams. Here are the others: Union-Carbon, Provo-Emery, Olympus-Layton, Taylorsville-Murray, Cedar-Ogden.

THURSDAY'S OTHER GAMES: Besides Davis-Granger, No. 1 Skyline hosts Highland tonight. Also, West Jordan travels to Jordan in a battle of unbeaten teams.

TOP 25 WATCH: One week after major changes altered the shape of the Deseret Morning News Top 25 prep football rankings, things calmed down after week two, at least at the top.

Skyline (1), Bingham (2), Brighton (3), Hunter (4), Timpview (5) and Lone Peak (6) all held onto the same positions in the top six.

Box Elder (21) and American Fork (23) were the week's biggest losers in the rankings as both teams fell at least 12 places.

Conversely, West Jordan (7), East (16) and Highland (17) were the highest climbers, jumping seven places each.

MAKING A U-TURN: Layton Christian was questioned in the prep football community after injuries to its ultra-thin lineup forced the team to forfeit their opening game in week one.

The 1A private school will be forced to deal with its small numbers the rest of the season, but the team made amends for its opening-night embarrassment by whipping fellow 1A squad Whitehorse 55-0 last Friday.

Layton Christian will look to build on that momentum this Friday against Altamont.


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