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Davis hits the mark in overtime to beat Fremont 27-24

Fans watch Fremont and Skyridge as the sun sets  in Lehi on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

Fans watch Fremont and Skyridge as the sun sets in Lehi on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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PLAIN CITY — Fremont running back Kyler Kotter punched in a 9-yard touchdown with only 2:08 remaining in the fourth quarter and things looked bleak for Davis as the Darts trailed 21-14.

The touchdown capped off a lengthy drive by Fremont, which took up most of the fourth quarter, and left a Davis offense that looked anemic for much of the second half with little time left to mount a comeback. Davis' lone touchdown of the second half was set up by an interception from linebacker Caden Swapp, who returned it for 19 yards to the Silverwolves' 10-yard line.

A few plays later, senior running back Dakoda Kempthorne ran in the 2-yard score with 9:37 to go in the fourth. But outside of that short drive, the Darts struggled to move the chains throughout the final two quarters

So with only two minutes left in regulation, the Darts needed to go 80 yards if they wanted to send the game to overtime and have a chance of winning. Up to this moment, it had been a forgetful night for sophomore quarterback Jackson Stevens. Stevens threw an interception in the end zone on the Darts' first position of the game and was sacked numerous times after holding onto the ball for too long.

But with the game on the line, Stevens came up big and led the Darts on a long drive to get the Darts inside the Silverwolves' 15-yard line with under 30 seconds to play in regulation. Facing fourth-and-12 to reach the goal line, the game, once again, looked bleak for the Darts offense.

But in an instant, it was just like the rest of the previous drives leading up to this point in the game: the offense needed to find a rhythm. On the ensuing play, Stevens dropped back and swung it to his running back Trey Talbot, who ran down the sideline and dove into the end zone for the game tying score with two seconds left in the fourth quarter.

"It was a great play call," Talbot said. "We ran slants on the outside to pull the linebackers away and get me out the back door and into the end zone."

In the overtime period, the Darts won the coin toss and deferred to the Silverwolves, giving Davis' defense another chance at a stop, most notably Kotter. Kotter was effective in both the ground and aerial attack for the Silverwolves and eclipsed over 200 total yards from scrimmage. Fremont's starting quarterback, Cannon Koford, was knocked out of the game in the first quarter and Kotter stepped up and carried the offense.

Kotter and the Silverwolves' offensive line worked the ball inside the 5-yard line but were stuffed on third-and-goal by the Darts. Fremont was forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal to give them a 24-21 lead with Davis only needing a touchdown to win.

Four plays into Davis' possession, Stevens handed it off to Talbot, who bounced a run outside for the game-winning score from 12-yards out to put the Darts on top 27-24.

"Elated," said first year Davis head coach Scott Peery when asked how it felt to get the tough win. "That's one you call a team win. We challenged our guys to a 12-round bout, and we landed our haymaker in the final round."

Peery, who also serves as the Darts' offensive coordinator, credited his players for the late overtime forcing touchdown drive.

"Our players are resilient, that's what we practice and that's who we are. Even on defense to hold them on third-and-goal is that bend-but-don't-break mentality we preach."

For Talbot, he won't soon forgot watching his teammates rush the field as he scored the walkoff touchdown. "It's just a special moment and were ready to keep going," Talbot said.

Davis improves to 4-3 on the season and will head to Farmington next week. Fremont falls to 3-4 and will host Syracuse Friday.


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