CLEARFIELD -- Advantage Layton.
Despite not playing each other since 2010, coming into Friday night the Falcons and Lancers each had 22 wins in the 44-game series going back to 1968.
The neighboring schools quickly got reacquainted -- maybe a little too much judging by a fourth-quarter sideline brawl -- but the Lancers tilted the all-time lead back in its favor with 28 unanswered points in a 35-13 victory, its first of the young season.
"It was a battle," Layton coach Jim Batchelor said. "Clearfield came out and they got after us. We weren't very good in the first half. We struggled. We have some confidence issues, but fortunately we were able to overcome them a little bit."
Layton jumped out to an early 7-0 first period lead when Davis Marriott found his way into the end zone from two yards out.
However, Clearfield answered right back on the first play of its ensuing possession as senior Kelly Thorpe sprinted 67 yards around the right side for a touchdown. A botched extra point left the Falcons trailing 7-6.
After a fourth down sack gave the ball back to the Falcons in Lancer territory, Clearfield took its first and only lead of the night with 11:09 to play in the first half. Quarterback Ricky Martinez connected with Jaden Markos in the back corner of the end zone to put the Falcons up, 13-7.
Layton responded with a 65-yard drive to take the score for good with 4:02 left in the second quarter. Hunter Evans found Koy Cannon in the back of the end zone on a 12-yard pass play.
The second half started poorly for the Lancers as they inexplicably failed to cover Clearfield's kickoff. The Falcons recovered at the Layton 18, but the drive was stalled when Jullian Blackmon picked off Martinez.
After a power outage knocked out the stadium lights for 14 minutes, Layton handed it right back as Evans tossed an interception to Karson Elwell, however a Clearfield fumble returned possession to the Lancers.
The Lancers then took control with three touchdowns over the game's final 17:22. Marriott scored on a pair of five-yard running while Justin Banks added another five-yard jaunt with 5:20 to play.
Marriott finished the evening with 119 yards rushing on 21 carries, while Evans was 16-for-21 for 181 yards.
The Falcons were led by Thorpe, who gained 154 yards on the ground on 14 attempts.