LAYTON -- Only 23 seconds into Friday night's matchup with Davis and things were already looking bleak for the Lancers.
Three penalties and a blown special teams coverage that resulted in an 80-yard touchdown return by Davis' Trevor Leavitt on the opening kickoff had Layton in a hole.
A short while later, as the half ended it was the Darts that were left shaking their heads about what had hit them as the Lancers took a 34-14 lead into the break.
The Layton playmakers, a solid defensive effort and some Lancer trickery were too much for Davis to handle for most of the night as Layton rolled to a 41-21 victory in a key Region 1 contest.
"We didn't show up at all last week at Syracuse and they handled us," Layton coach Jim Batchelor said. "I though the kids played hard but at some spots we had blown coverages and blown assignments. We came back this last week and said we have to fix that stuff because we're better than what we're showing. I think they finally believed it a little bit and played close to what I think they're capable of."
A five-yard Tyler Fox reverse capped an 80-yard drive and knotted the score at 7 midway through the opening period. The Darts then went ahead after a Layton fumble at its own two yard line resulted in a Gage Cook to Leavitt scoring strike.
From there it was all Layton.
The Lancers went on a highlight reel scoring frenzy over the final 10 minutes of the second quarter. Wille Uasilaa kicked things off with a 34-yard scoring run around the left side. Layton then recovered an onside kick and took its first lead of the game when quarterback Hunter Evans connected with Fox on a slant for
a 39-yard catch-and-run TD.
Following a Davis punt, Evans found Marcus Kemp on a 79-yard streak down the left sideline to make it 27-14. Finally, as the Darts attempted a 49-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half, it was blocked with Uasilaa catching the live ball at the 10 and weaving his way 90 yards down the field and into the end
zone as time expired.
A Gage Cook to Abel Porter scoring connection near the end of the third quarter brought the Darts within striking distance, but a pair of late interceptions by Jordan Jaramillo and Fox, along with Fox's third score of the evening on a 17-yard sweep with less than two minutes to play sealed the game.
Uasilaa led all rushers with 104 yards on 22 carries while Evans went 13-for-21 for 224 yards through the air.