Davis falls to Highland in battle of football region leaders

Thursday , October 06, 2016 - 10:21 PM

CHAD PRITCHETT, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

KAYSVILLE — In a late season, non-league matchup between Highland and Davis — each with only one loss thus far — the Darts looked good early, but couldn’t sustain it.

Despite four lost fumbles, the Rams headed back to Salt Lake City with a 28-17 victory Thursday after spotting Davis an early 7-0 lead.

When the Rams were able to keep a handle on the ball, Davis had little answer for the prolific Highland rushing attack. The Rams rolled up 371 yards on the ground and 458 yards of total offense, led by Jake Boren and quarterback James Pembroke, who accounted for 128 and 132 rushing yards, respectively.

Davis took the opening kickoff and drove 76 yards with little resistance, and Hayden Grange capped the drive with a 31-yard scoring pass to Jace Hinton.

The Darts were able to muster little offense after that.

Late in the first quarter, the Rams tied the game via a rare passing attempt. Pembroke found a streaking Elijah Shelton down the middle of the field for a 46-yard touchdown to even the score at 7-7.

Trayton Keyes then gave Highland its lead for good with 5:42 to play in the half as he picked a Grange offering and returned it 37 yards for a score.

Will Ferrin booted a 25-yard field goal for Davis as time expired in the first half to make it 14-10.

In the second half, the Rams threatened to blow the game wide open as Pembroke scored on a 37-yard run on Highland’s opening possession. However, Davis did just enough defensively to stay in the game.

The Rams coughed up the ball on the Davis 8, which Jake Hadley smothered in the end zone for a touchback. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Davis defensive lineman Ryan Lindberg corralled a loose ball and found a lot of open field in front of him. The senior returned the fumble 45 yards for a touchdown to narrow the deficit to 21-17.

The Rams put the game on ice in the closing minutes, embarking on a 96-yard drive that culminated in a 5-yard Brady Reed touchdown scamper.

For Davis, Riley Smith finished with 99 tough yards on 24 carries, while Hinton caught six balls for 100 yards.

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