Davis and Roy have all but solidified themselves in the top two spots in the Region 1 prep football standings as both 4A ranked teams triumphed in league games Thursday night.
Regions 1 and 5 got a day's jump in prep football action, with the rest of the state's teams scheduled to play today.Davis edged Clearfield 12-7, giving the second-ranked Darts a perfect 4-0 region record with two games to go - against Viewmont and Weber. Meanwhile, Roy romped over Viewmont 34-2, with the fourth-ranked Royals now carrying a 4-1 league mark.
With their victories and with two more weeks of league play remaining, Davis and Roy are guaranteed no worse than a tie for second place in the final league standings as well as no worse than a tie for region's No. 2 berth - and home-field advantage - in the 4A state playoffs.
Weber, which was to play Olympus in a non-league game Friday, could be the spoiler for both Roy (Wednesday's game) and Davis (the Oct. 18 regular-season finale). Clearfield, Bonneville and Weber all have identical 2-2 marks, but Clearfield and Bonneville have both lost to Davis and Roy already.
Records: In subsequent game summaries, a team's overall record is listed first and its region record is listed second.
Bonneville 56, Layton 20: After dropping their two most recent region games, the Lakers rebounded in a big way to even their region record at the expense of the winless Lancers, which were eliminated from state playoff consideration with the loss. Bonneville is 5-2 and 2-2; Layton is 0-7 and 0-5
Davis 12, Clearfield 7: The second-ranked Darts jumped out to a 12-0 lead on a 12-yard TD pass from Todd Heath to Jeremy Lawson in the second quarter and a 1-yard TD run by Nate Richardson in the third period. Clearfield later scored on a 35-yard pass from Travis Leifeste to Ryan Mortensen. In the defensive struggle, Davis managed 187 yards total offense to Clearfield's 161. Davis is 6-1 and 4-0; Clearfield is 4-3 and 2-2.
Roy 34, Viewmont 2: Royal quarterback Phil Durbano rushed 10 yards for one score and threw for two more TDs - a 25-yarder to Heath Opheikins and an 11-yarder to Nate Miconi. Miconi also scored on a 30-yard interception return, while Travis Flint brought back another picked-off Viking pass for a 22-yard TD return. Durbano completed 13 of his 25 attempts for 197 yards, while Viewmont's Kirk Wersland rushed 12 times for 101 yards. Fourth-ranked Roy is now 6-1 and 4-1; Viewmont is 2-5 and 1-3.
Bear River 35, Logan 12: Jared Burnham rushed for four touchdowns and 192 yards as the Bears claimed their sixth consecutive victory and remained undefeated in league play, while handing the two-time 3A titlist Grizzlies their third loss in four league games. Bear River is now 6-1 and 4-0; Logan is 2-4 and 1-3.
Mountain Crest 22, Ogden 3: The fifth-ranked Mustangs outgained the Tigers in total offense, 340 yards to 35 yards. Ray Larsen scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper, lineman Walter Fiefia picked up a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a TD, and Jeff Davis concluded the scoring on a 53-yard touchdown scamper. With its fourth straight victory, Mountain Crest is now 4-2 and 4-0. Ogden dropped to 0-7 and 0-5 while suffering through a sixth game where the Tigers were unable to score more than 7 points.
Sky View 37, Ben Lomond 28: Sky View quarterback Greg Robertson completed 18 of 26 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The Bobcats have averaged 28 points a game in their five wins and moved into a tie for third place in the league standings with idle Box Elder. Sky View is 5-2 and 2-2; Ben Lomond is 2-5 and 2-3.