Friday , October 13, 2017 - 10:04 PM
KAYSVILLE — The last time the Davis Darts finished a season with just one win, Rocky Marciano was the heavyweight boxing champ and Harry Truman was in the White House.
While the 1952 Davis squad ended 1-8-1 according to Felt’s Facts, the 2017 Darts suffered an equally disappointing year, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005 with a 1-8 mark.
That might be an interesting tidbit, but the real story Friday night was the continued stellar play of the Syracuse Titans since the return of quarterback Ty Metcalfe from injury. The Titans scored five first-half touchdowns Friday night and cruised to a 35-0 victory over Davis.
“All week we really talked about just doing us,” Syracuse head coach Mike Knight said. “Just making sure that we’re trying to put as many points as we can on the board and get as many stops as we can, and just try to stay focused.
“Watching film, we felt like (Davis) is a pretty good team. They had a lot of things that didn’t go their way early on in the year, so we just tried to focus on us throughout the course of the week.”
Over the last three weeks, the Titans (6-3, 4-2 Region 1) have stormed out of the gates, outscoring Fremont, Clearfield and Davis by a combined 91-7 in the first half. Against the Darts, Syracuse scored five touchdowns in its first six possessions and missed a 50-yard field goal on its other turn with the ball.
“Since Ty has been back, it’s been rolling pretty good,” the first-year coach said. “Having him back has definitely helped. Lately, we’ve been getting up quick and then the other teams start bringing it. The run game has been kind of non-existent, so we’ve tried to work on some of those big plays in the last games and it’s worked out for us.”
The quick-strike Titans certainly rolled out their big play arsenal against Davis. It was anything but 3 yards and a cloud of dust.
On its first possession, Metcalfe lofted a 39-yard touchdown to Cole Thompson at the 8:56 mark of the opening period.
After holding the Darts on downs, Metcalfe again connected with an open Thompson downfield, this time for a 50-yard scoring strike — and the rout was on.
Tucker Bartels scooped up a Davis fumble a short time later and took the ball to the Davis 3. Two plays later, running back Cole Cheney barreled into the end zone to make it 21-0 late in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Metcalfe squeezed a 10-yard scoring strike to Thompson in the back corner of the end zone before feeding Ty Burke for a 29-yard TD reception with 3:35 left in the half.
Metcalfe finished the half 12 of 14 with 246 yards and four touchdown passes and Syracuse rolled up 305 yards of total offense over the opening two quarters.
Not to be outdone, the Titan defense controlled the Dart offense all evening and posted its first shutout of the season.
“All year (the defense) has been pretty tough,” Knight said. “Defensively, our coaches have done a good job each week having a game plan. We’ve mixed a few things up, but we’ve definitely been sound on the defensive side of the ball, for sure. They’ve done a heck of a job the last few weeks as well.”
The Titans will have a bye next week before the postseason starts and will enter the 6-A playoffs as the second seed from Region 1.
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