Friday , October 06, 2017 - 10:13 PM
KAYSVILLE — With the league standings packed tight in the middle, the Northridge Knights made sure they weren’t going to be left on the outside looking in during the postseason.
Northridge concluded its Region 1 schedule Friday night by locking up a berth to the 6-A state playoffs with a 28-3 thumping of the struggling Davis Darts.
“(Making the playoffs) feels good,” quarterback Jackson Murphy said. “We weren’t predicted to get very far, but it feels good to get that playoff seed.”
The contest lacked consistent offense from either side, but the Knights were able to string together some dynamic plays to get into the end zone while its defense controlled the Darts all evening.
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Davis (1-7, 1-4 Region 1) lost quarterback Garrett Larson to injury in the first half and it was left trying to mount a comeback on the ground as its passing game was virtually non-existent. Davis quarterbacks combined to go 3 of 14 for 24 yards and an interception.
“(The defense) is always fighting,” Murphy said. “They’re the real heart of our team. Sometimes the offense struggles, but they’ve always got our back and they fight hard.”
Northridge (5-3, 4-2) got all the points it would need with 4:38 to play in the first quarter when Murphy — who passed 12 of 21 for 152 yards and a pair of scores — connected with Carson Stokes for a 15-yard touchdown.
Murphy put the Knights up 14-0 on a 26-yard scramble with less than a minute left in the first half.
The Darts put up their only points when a 38-yard Hayden Toone run moved the Darts into field goal range just before the half. Will Ferrin drilled a 38-yard attempt to narrow the deficit to 14-3 at the break.
The second half started with five straight punts, but running back Hunter Harris took a handoff and burst around the right side late in the third quarter and outraced the Davis defense for a 45-yard touchdown.
Northridge tacked on its final points on its ensuing possession early in the fourth period when Murphy found Edward Alcantara in the back corner of the end zone on an impressive throw and catch.
“Sometimes you start off slow, but that’s all right,” Murphy added. “We fought together. We have some quick receivers, so that’s what we were going for, some quick shots, nothing too deep.”
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