PLEASANT VIEW — It is commonly said a game is not over until the clock hits zero. It sounds like a simple statement, but often it feels like games are over before there's any real chance of a comeback. Friday night's game between Weber and Davis was a great reminder of why you stay until the very end of a game.
The 11th-seeded Davis Darts traveled to take on the 6th-seeded Weber Warriors in the second round of the Class 6A high school football state tournament Friday, with Davis coming off a dominating 48-17 win over Syracuse. Weber, though, waited patiently to see who they would play fresh of its first-round bye.
The two teams met earlier in season when Weber traveled to Davis to claim a 32-26 win.
History looked to be in the process of repeating itself as the Darts trailed 20-7 with 3:52 left in the game. But the Darts defense got a pivotal stop on fourth down and gave the ball back to their offense on their own 24-yard line.
The Darts needed quarterback Chance Trujillo to step up and make some big-time throws if Davis had any chance of staging a comeback — and that's exactly what happened.
On the first play of the drive, Trujillo fired a pass that hit receiver David Spjut in stride for a 45-yard gain; it was followed up a few plays later to Spjut for an 11-yard reception to keep Davis moving. The drive was capped off when Trujillo hit running back Spencer Ferguson on a wheel route for a 20-yard touchdown catch.
In less than 50 seconds, the Darts scored and put themselves back in the game with just over three minutes remaining.
Davis' attempt at an onside kick was recovered by Weber, and the Darts looked to be in trouble. But on the first play of the drive, the Warriors fumbled it right back to Davis to set the Darts up on the Warriors' 42-yard line. Davis quickly drove down to Weber's 4-yard line where Ferguson managed the go-ahead touchdown to give Davis a 21-20 lead with 58 seconds left in regulation.
It was Davis' first lead of the night, and holding onto it meant they needed just one more stop from their defense, who had a roller-coaster night.
The Darts defense was dismantled in the first half and gave up three touchdowns to Warriors quarterback Jake Lindsey and the offense. The only thing to go right on defense for Davis was a missed extra point attempt after Warriors running back Gage Lloyd's second rushing touchdown of the game.
The second half, however, was a different story as the Darts defense held strong and kept the Warriors out of the end zone. But Davis' defense still needed to make one more stop if it wanted to hold onto the win, which it did. Davis' secondary forced Lindsey into four straight incompletions to close out the comeback win.
"This win was a long time coming and it felt great to complete the comeback," Davis head coach Mitch Arquette said after the game. "Our defense came up huge in the second half, and offensively we were able to convert on some big drives."
Those big drives were spearheaded by Trujillo, who played about as well as he could have with under four minutes left in the game. Trujillo, though, had to shake off a rough start to the game as he and the offense struggled to move the ball in the first half. He got the offense clicking on the team's last drive of the first half as he ran in a touchdown as time expired to cut Weber's lead to 20-7.
"I knew we were going to win, and I told them at the beginning of the half that this is going to be the greatest second half in Davis high history," Trujillo said, noting that he never lost hope despite a 14-point deficit at the break. He and his teammates lived up to that statement and now live to fight another day.
Davis will travel to take on the third-seeded Skyridge Falcons Friday; Skyridge defeated Herriman 36-5 following a first-round bye of the tournament.