LAYTON -- With 24 Granger players listed at over 220 pounds compared to only four for Northridge, on paper the Knights were physically overmatched.
In practice, nothing could be further from the truth.
Led by Davy Adams, maybe the smallest statured guy on the field, Northridge bullied the Lancer defense for 406 yards of total offense, including 238 on the ground, as the Knights moved on in the state 5-A playoffs with a convincing 42-25 first round victory.
In what was billed as one of the most intriguing first-round matchups which featured two teams with winning records and one that pitted Granger's size against Northridge's speed and athleticism, Adams held the Lancers at bay.
The senior carried the ball 32 times for 169 yards and four touchdowns, putting him over 1,000 yards rushing on the season and giving him 23 total touchdowns.
"I've been getting a lot of touches and that's beaten me up so I got a week off (against Mountain Crest) and I got healthy," Adams said. "I came out playing how I used to play. I ran hard tonight."
Northridge jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead on a Jace Colby reception from quarterback Nate Kusuda and a seven-yard Adams run up the gut.
With the Knights leading 21-6 midway through the second quarter, the Lancers unleashed a weapon of their own in running back Tani Lehauli. Lehauli -- a 1,560-yard rusher who averages over nine yards per attempt with three of the top five single-game rushing efforts in the state this season -- brought Granger to within 21-12 on an 82-yard touchdown run. The junior rushed for 150 yards on 18 carries.
After Lehauli picked off Kusuda on the ensuing series, the Lancers again narrowed the gap to 21-18 on a six-yard run from Mone Latu.
However, the Knights closed the door with 21 unanswered points, including a two-yard Adams run, a four-yard effort from Dallin Isaacson and a 42-yard run from Adams with 9:59 to play in the game to make it 42-18.
"Granger is a dangerous team," Northridge coach Erik Thompson said. "I'm really happy that we got the win and that we were able to run the ball as well as we did tonight. We knew it would probably be a sloppy field and we felt we could give (Adams) the ball 30 times and get out of here with a win and move on."
* FREMONT 14, HUNTER 6: At West Valley City, the Silver Wolves dug in on defense, holding the Wolverines scoreless through three quarters en route to the victory.
Jordan Preator scored two rushing touchdowns for Fremont, who will play at Bingham in the 5-A quarterfinals.
* WOODS CROSS 35, WESTLAKE 0: At Bountiful, the Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinals behind quarterback Skyler Farnes, who passed for a TD and rushed for another in the blowout win.
Woods Cross will host Timpview in the quarterfinals.
* BOUNTIFUL 35, SKYLINE 6: At Bountiful, the Braves had little trouble with the Eagles as Jakob Hunt pumped in four rushing TDs for Bountiful, who plays Mountain Crest in the quarterfinals.
* TIMPVIEW 49, LOGAN 14: At Logan, the visiting Thunderbirds throttled the Grizzlies to advance to the quarterfinals.
* OREM 41, SKY VIEW 31: At Orem, Braxton Godderidge tossed three touchdown passes in vain as the Tigers moved on to the 4-A quarterfinals against Highland.
* MOUNTAIN CREST 36, TIMPANOGOS 6: At Hyrum, the Mustangs got two TDs from Eddy Hall, easily advancing to the next round of the playoffs.