KAYSVILLE — A year ago Davis and Brighton took a scoreless contest into halftime.
Following a power outage, the remainder of the game was canceled and a tie was declared.
Midway through the third quarter Friday night, it looked like another deadlock might be brewing.
However, the Bengals had other thoughts as they scored 15 unanswered second half points to erase a 14-6 deficit and earn a 21-14 victory over Davis, spoiling its first game on its revamped field.
“We came out with a lot of energy and hit them early,” Davis coach Ryan Bishop said. “One of the things that I was disappointed in is that we pride ourselves in starting fast and finishing strong. Give Brighton credit because in the second half they punched us in the mouth. Their o-linemen did a great job and they had a couple of good backs that really pounded it out.
“The bad news is that there are some glaring things that we need to fix to get better, but the good news is that I think we’ll find enough positives and I believe that our kids are willing and able to compete harder and we’ll be able to bounce back and get ready to go next week.”
Led by 130 yards on 21 carries by senior Uaea Masina, Brighton rolled up 260 yards on the ground and 373 total yards of offense compared to only 162 for the Darts.
Early on, however, things seemed to be going the Darts’ way.
Quarterback Gage Cook capped an eight-play drive with a keeper around the left side from three yards out to put Davis on top 7-0 with 3:16 left in the opening quarter.
The Bengals responded late in the first half when sophomore Osa Masina capped a drive with a keeper of his own out of the Wildcat formation, for a 28-yard scoring jaunt. A botched extra point kept the Darts on top and they extended the lead on the ensuing kickoff when Trevor Leavitt’s 96-yard return made it 14-6.
The second half, however, belonged to the Bengals.
Their running game wore down the Davis defense and burned the clock. Brighton finally caught the Darts on a two-yard run from freshman quarterback Drew Jensen
who then tossed a two-point conversion to Tyson Reid.
On its next possession, the Bengals went 80 yards on 13 plays for the deciding touchdown on a Uaea Masina five-yard run with 8:53 to play. The Darts burned their next two opportunities with an interception and a fumble, allowing Brighton to expire the clock.