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Weber squeaks out 32-26 win over Davis in thriller

By Jonathan Wistrcill, Contributor | Posted - Oct. 3, 2020 at 8:26 a.m.

KAYSVILLE — Two of the top teams in Region 1 squared off when the Weber Warriors traveled to take on the Davis Darts.

The Warriors dominated the first half and jumped out to a 24-7 lead before holding off the Darts, 32-26 to improve to 6-1 and just one game behind Roy for the top spot in Region 1.

The Darts went on a 19-0 run to give them a 26-24 lead with just under six minutes left in the game.

After being shut out most of second half, quarterback Jake Lindsey and the Warriors offense were finally able to put together a drive with Lindsey running in the go-ahead touchdown. Lindsey then hit wide receiver Spencer Hall for the 2-point conversion to put his team up 32-24 with 2:36 left in the ball game.

The Davis offense picked up exactly where they left off and drove all the way down to Weber’s 13-yard line. It looked like nothing could stop the Darts from scoring until quarterback Chance Trujillo got an intentional grounding penalty in an attempt to avoid a sack. This put the Darts offense into a third-and-32 hole, which was too much to overcome. Davis (6-2, 4-2) turned it over on downs and Weber held on late for the win.

Weber head coach Jayson Anderson said he was proud of the way his team closed out the game.

“We let them back in the game in the second half, but we were able to gut it out in the end and get a big win for our program,” Anderson said.

Anderson added that he thought the difference in the game was his team’s ability to make big plays in big moments.

“We tell our guys when opportunities come, we have to make plays, and our guys capitalized on those opportunities tonight,” he said.

One player who really capitalized on his opportunities was Lindsey, who got it done not just through the air but with his legs as well. Lindsey threw for three touchdowns on top of his late rushing score to help propel his team to victory.

“Jake played a really good game and I thought he managed it the right way,” Anderson said. “He didn’t try to do too much and made plays as a runner and a passer.”

In no moment was Lindsey bigger than the Warriors’ final drive, and the junior quarterback knew his team would find their way into the end zone.

“On the sideline, coach was getting everyone fired up and we believed we could do it. We knew we had the playmakers to do it and we just went out and executed,” Lindsey said.

In the first quarter, Davis started out well when running back Spencer Ferguson and the rest of the Darts offense got off to a hot start driving the ball into Warrior territory. But their momentum would quickly ground to a halt when Trujillo threw his first of two first-half interceptions. Lindsey and the Warriors capitalized off the turnover as he hit his receiver Cannon Devries for a 55-yard touchdown to gain a quick 7-0 lead.

The Darts offense responded with a long drive that concluded with an 11-yard touchdown run by Ferguson on the first play of the second quarter.

The rest of the first half was abysmal for Davis as they allowed Weber to score 17 unanswered points and dug themselves a 24-7 hole at halftime.

Davis came out of the half fired up and held the Warriors offense to no third quarter points. The Darts finally got going offensively with both Ferguson and Trujillo running in touchdowns to put their team back in the game down 24-21 to start the fourth.

The Darts defense continued to hold strong and Trujillo ran in his second touchdown of the game to give his team a 26-24 lead with 5:56 remaining in the fourth. The lead would have been even bigger if not for two separate special team’s miscues: a blocked extra point and a bad snap on another extra point. It was mistakes that ended up costing the Darts the game.

Weber will host the Roy Royals (8-0) in another big Region 1 matchup. Davis will take on the Fremont Silverwolves (3-5) at home.

Jonathan Wistrcill

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