RIVERTON — If the Syracuse Titans keep winning football games, they know the accolades and hype will follow.
Not that they care all that much. Syracuse is just focused on playing solid football, and it did again in a 24-14 victory over Riverton on Friday night to improve to 3-0.
"It's all right," Titans quarterback Trevor Davis said of his team not getting much hype. "We're kind of fine flying under the radar, but maybe people will start noticing us. Whatever. I don't care. I personally like it. It motivates me more, gets me ready to go."
A motivated Davis is quite an asset for the Titans, who put together their most complete offensive effort of the young season. Syracuse was in rhythm throughout the night against the Silverwolves, rushing for 205 yards. Davis had 76 of the yards on the ground, and also completed 10 of 20 passes for 140 yards.
"He's a great kid, very coachable," Syracuse coach Russ Jones said of Davis. "He's just one of those kids you want to have (on your team). He shined tonight. He did a great job."
The Titans haven't gotten much love from high school football followers so far because they haven't been dominant. They held off 3A's Desert Hills in their opener, winning 14-12 after the Thunder failed to convert a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. They beat Skyline last week, 13-7, when Davis threw a 75-yard touchdown to Diante Mitchell in the final period.
Syracuse, ranked 15th in the Deseret News Top 25 and behind seven other 5A teams, was at it again on Friday, needing to make big plays in the second half to pull out a victory. After Riverton went ahead 14-10 in the third quarter, Davis answered with a quick scoring drive and completed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell to retake the lead.
"I love it," Davis said. "I don't know what I'd do without these close games on Friday nights."
He'll just keep winning them if he continues to play like he did against Riverton. In the fourth quarter, he engineered a 77-yard drive that he capped with a 13-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach at 24-14 with 4:51 remaining
"I was just doing my best with my boys up front," Davis said, crediting his offensive line. "They took care of me."
Also taking care of the offense was tailback Mason Woodward. He was a workhorse, rushing 29 times for 129 yards. He had a costly fumble in the first half that briefly gave the game's momentum to Riverton, but he recovered and continued to hit holes and run hard.
The Titans' defense was outstanding against a Riverton offense that scored an average of 34 points in its first two games — and it isn't easy to prepare for the wing-T in a week. The Silverwolves' first touchdown — a 38-yard run by Joey Jensen — was set up by Woodward's fumble. Riverton's second score came on a drive that was helped by two 15-yard penalties by the Titans.
"Defense really stepped up," Jones said. "They kept the wing-T in check for the most part. It was a great team win."
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