KAYSVILLE — For a team less than a minute away from registering its second consecutive shutout, the Davis Darts sure had sweat out the final 17 seconds.
After Fremont's Chase Moore connected with Mike Hatch on a 19-yard strike strike with 17 seconds remaining, Davis coach Ryan Bishop thought for sure Fremont would go for the win now trailing 7-6.
"I've known Blaine (Monkres) a long time, and he's a very aggressive guy," said Bishop about his Fremont counterpart.
Monkres probably wishes he had gone for the two-point conversion. Davis' defensive line got great penetration into the backfield as James Cowser blocked the extra point to preserve the critical 7-6 Region 1 victory.
The victory was the Darts' third straight region win, and in all practicality clinches them a playoff berth. The loss dropped Fremont to 1-4 in region play and it will definitely need to win its final two games and get some help along the way to have any hope of making the playoffs.
"I tried not to say too much to our kids as far as putting pressure on them, but I felt like we had to get that one to help us for the playoffs," said Bishop.
They got the win, but it was an absolute grind. Playing in autumn-like cold and wet conditions, Davis and Fremont combined for eight turnovers and 10 punts. Five of those turnovers were by Fremont, which stalled two drives in the red zone.
When the Silver Wolves needed it most, however, they hung onto the ball and put together an impressive 88-yard drive in the final three minutes to seemingly tie the game. On that drive Moore completed 7-of-9 passes for 106 yards as his team overcame a sack and two penalties to record its only score of the game.
Fremont finished the game with 205 yards of total offense, while Davis won despite only racked up 126 yards of offense.
In a 3-0 win over Viewmont the previous week, Davis proved that you don't need a stout offense to win games every week.
"The kids are playing hard. Last week we have a team that comes and tries to run the ball and we do a very good job," said Bishop. "We have a team tonight that tries to throw the ball. What can you say about the defense."
Brock Rasmussen, Sam Lloyd and Casey Kariya all had interceptions, while Marshall Burton and Dallin Rogers all came up with fumble recoveries.
The Darts biggest defensive stand came in the opening minutes of the second half. Aided by a long kickoff return by Derek Monkres, Fremont moved the ball inside the 10-yard line but failed to punch it in despite three cracks.
Davis scored its lone touchdown early in the third quarter as Chase Flint hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Conner Van Brocklin on a fourth and 10.