Davis defense leads to shutout win over Viewmont

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Friday night’s Davis versus Viewmont football game marked the two teams’ first matchup as members of different 5A regions in their long-running rivalry. But although they are now competing in different regions, the rivalry is no less passionate than it was before as fans from both schools packed Davis High’s stadium to watch the Darts hang on in what ended up being an offensive struggle for both teams.

Davis opened up the scoring with a 31-yard field goal from Chance Parker. The Darts’ opening drive was aided by a 44-yard kickoff return by Colby Child, which gave them excellent starting field position at their own 49-yard-line. From there, the Darts drove down to the Viewmont 15-yard line before stalling and opting for the field goal. Two offensive possessions later, Parker would add to the Darts' lead after hitting a 24-yard field goal.

Davis’ best drive of the game came on its very next possession as it drove 62 yards for the only touchdown of the game. The score came on a 38-yard touchdown completion from quarterback Tyson Denney to wide receiver Karter Chisholm. The point after from Parker put the Darts up 13-0, which was more than enough as the defense stymied the Viking offense throughout the game.

Viewmont struggled to get anything going offensively due to a stout Davis defense.

The closest the Vikings would come to getting on the board came on their second possession of the second half. Quarterback Josh Staples helped engineer an 11-play drive that marched the Vikings down to the Davis 14-yard-line. Viewmont opted to go for it on fourth down rather than take a field goal, however, and ended up turning the ball over on downs.

Neither team was able to find much consistency on offense, especially in the passing game. Davis tried pounding the ball inside with the tandem of Logan Thomas and Mark Christiansen, but Viewmont quickly figured out how to counter the Darts’ rushing attack. Viewmont did not have much success running the ball, and a combination of dropped passes, overthrown balls and pressure on the quarterback plagued its passing game. The Vikings were forced into passing situations late in the game when they still found themselves in a two-possession deficit. But the pressure from Davis’ defense, led by star linebacker Troy Hinds, was too much to overcome.

The victory was the Darts’ fifth in their last six contests against rival Viewmont. They now lead the overall series 31-12-1.


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