KAYSVILLE -- A week after defeating Layton following a fourth quarter rally, including a last second field goal to win the game, the shoe was nearly on the other foot Friday night.
The foot of Davis kicker Andrew Fuller that, that is.
The senior left a 52-yard field goal attempt short in a steady rain with 29.9 seconds to play as the Knights withstood a late Davis surge to come away with a 22-20 victory and sole possession of second place in the final Region 1 standings.
"We figured tonight would be like this," Northridge coach Erik Thompson said. "With anticipated rain we knew that maybe in the second half we wouldn't be able to throw it very good. We tried to be aggressive in the first half and tried to get a lead. We were going to try to run the ball in the second half, shorten the game and get out of here and the Davis run defense was outstanding."
Northridge picked up right where it left off against the Lancers, taking advantage of a short Dart punt and punching it in on its first play from scrimmage on a 22-yard Nate Kusuda to Zach Hayes pass play.
The Darts responded with an 86-yard scoring drive that resulted in a Gage Cook to Abel Portel touchdown completion from 14 yards out, the first of three scoring hookups by the pair.
Dallin Isaacson punched in a one-yard TD to make it 14-7 early in the second quarter. The Knights then added a safety after a blocked punt was recovered by Davis in its own end zone. James Baird then booted a 39-yard field goal to make it 19-7 at the half.
Northridge then went up 22-7 midway through the third quarter when Eliyah Mayberry blocked another punt for Northridge which the Knights turned into three more points on Baird's 44-yard field goal.
The tide changed shortly after with the Knights again in Davis territory when Chance Parker intercepted Kusuda. Cook again found Porter for a 24-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 22-14.
With 9:21 to play in the game, Cook found Porter once again in the right corner of the end zone. The Darts couldn't convert the two-point conversion, leaving the score 22-20. The squads swapped possessions down the stretch, until the missed long field goal attempt.
Northridge begins the state 5-A playoffs on Oct. 26