KAYSVILLE — Despite beating up on two of the best 4A teams in the state during the first two weeks of the season, Lone Peak always knew its first true litmus test was at Davis in Week 3.
The Darts are always one of the toughest defenses in the state, perhaps even more so this year with BYU-bound lineman Troy Hinds anchoring things, and Lone Peak knew nothing would come easy like in its two previous blowout victories.
In an impressive display both offensively and defensively, Lone Peak matched Davis' physicality the entire game as it earned an impressive 21-10 victory on the road Thursday night.
"They're probably one of the toughest teams we'll play this entire season. That's what we expected. It was a lot of fun; it was tough. It's everything we want a football game to be," said Lone Peak quarterback Chase Hansen, who iced the game with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Connor Humphrey on fourth down with 1:07 remaining in the game.
It was Hansen's third touchdown of the game, which might've been the best of his career. Statistically he's had better games where he's thrown for more than 255 yards and rushed for more than 100 yards, but never against a defense quite as tough Davis.
Hansen attempted 43 passes and rushed it 23 times — not to mention playing defense the entire game too.
By his own admission Hansen was rusty early, and it took him a while to get going. He eventually did on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Zac Saunders with 22 seconds remaining in the half that gave Lone Peak the 7-3 lead.
"We finally got some momentum there at the end of the first half when we broke that one loose with Chase to Saunders and that gave us a lot of momentum going into halftime," said Lone Peak coach Tony McGeary.
Lone Peak never really relinquished the momentum either.
On its first possession of the second half, Lone Peak methodically reeled off a 19-play, eight-minute, 78-yard scoring drive that Hansen capped with a 4-yard TD pass to Saunders with 2:38 remaining in the quarter. The Knights converted five third downs on the drive.
For a team that scored almost at will in the first two weeks, the lengthy drive epitomized how hard the Knights had to work for every yard on Thursday, but they were up to the challenge.
Despite falling behind 14-3 late in the third, Davis responded with its most impressive drive of the game as Tyson Denney scored on a 1-yard QB keeper on the second play of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 14-10. The eight-play drive was highlighted by Denney's 49-yard pass to Corby Fuhriman on third down.
Davis' offense had two more possessions in the fourth quarter to mount a comeback, but they both fizzled quickly as Lone Peak's stout defense forced a quick three and out on the first possession and then Andrew Schirmer intercepted a pass on the first play of the other possession.
The Knights turned that interception into seven more points as they improved to 3-0 on the season while Davis fell to 1-1.
"The playoff feel it had, it was insane. It was a lot more than the last two weeks, and you kind of had to adjust," said Hansen.