High school football: 'D' stands for 'D-e-e-e-fense' in Darts' victory
KAYSVILLE — You have to forgive Davis High quarterback Gavin Fowler for being a bit emotional.
He couldn't help it. After throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to longtime teammate and friend Daniel Moffett, the Darts signal-caller was a little misty-eyed. Fowler's pass to Moffett gave Davis a 6-0 overtime victory over Syracuse and another Region 1 win, extending its record to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in region play.
"We have a great chemistry together," he said. "We've been playing together since we were kids."
The play came on Davis' first play in overtime after shutting down Syracuse on its OT possession. Syracuse drove all the way to the two yard-line on its possession, but missed a 19-yard field goal.
The Darts took advantage on their very first play of overtime. Moffett ran a hitch-and-go route, the Syracuse defender bit on the fake by Fowler, and as a result was wide-open in the end zone, giving the Darts the victory.
"We'd been working on that play in practice," Fowler said. "I knew that we could score on that play if we were going to run it."
Davis failed to establish itself offensively, finding it difficult to move the ball against the Titans' defense. Davis only managed 107 yards of total offense for the game.
While it was challenging for the Darts to move the ball, it was the Davis defense that kept the Darts in the game.
Syracuse moved the ball well on several occasions during the game, but failed to finish drives. In the first quarter, Syracuse penetrated the red zone, but couldn't capitalize on a 33-yard field goal attempt which was blocked by Davis' Landon Hart.
Syracuse had another chance to capitalize in the fourth quarter by putting together two more quality drives, but both fizzled in Davis territory.
Syracuse had 294 yards of total offense. The Titans also held onto the ball for almost twice as long as Davis. Syracuse outplayed Davis in every offensive category but couldn't score on a Dart defense which stalled drives when it needed to most.
Davis coach Ryan Bishop had nothing but great things to say about his team's defense.
"They just battled and battled," he said. "They just kept us in the game all night."
Fowler, whose team eked out the victory, was very complimentary of the Titans.
"Syracuse is as good as any team in the state," he said. "Beating them really helps us with our confidence."
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