LAYTON -- With the rain drizzling down, the offense mired in neutral at its own seven-yard line and the score tied midway through the fourth quarter, the Region 1-leading and undefeated Davis Darts made a play.
Quarterback Colton Chronister slipped through the Knight defense, into Northridge territory for the first time in the second half, before finally being brought down 69 yards later at the Knight 24.
Seven plays later Mason White burst into the end zone from three yards out to put Davis up 20-13 with 3:31 to play.
With Northridge trying to even up the score and facing a 4th-and-5 at the Dart 35 and just over 2 minutes left, Matt Morrell picked off Ben Jackson and returned the ball to the Knight 2, allowing Parker Rose to seal the 27-13 victory with another scoring run.
"My hat's off to our defense," Davis coach Ryan Bishop said. "(Northridge) is one of the most athletic teams we play year in and year out. (Northridge) Coach (Erik) Thompson and his guys do a great job and we knew that all of the pressure was going to be on our defense and, honestly, that's the way that we wanted it because our defense has played well. They stepped up. I don't know if you could have a better second half performance from a defensive group of guys with the field position and such. I can talk about X's and O's and defense but we just persevered and I'm proud of my guys for that."
The Darts came in having only allowed five touchdowns all season and had a state-best 5.8 points-against average. It looked like they might have all the points that they'd need late in the first quarter when the Knight punter mishandled the snap and the ball found its way into the hands of Kameron Perkins who rumbled in for a touchdown. A blocked extra point kept the score 6-0.
Northridge bounced right back, however, with 13 straight points of their own to take the lead. Following a Davis turnover in its own territory a 37-yard pass play from Jackson to Jace Colby took the ball to the one, where Dayan Lake punched it in.
After forcing the Darts to punt, the Knights scored again on a 36-yard pass play between Jackson and Houston Lacey. From there on out, the Davis defense held Northridge scoreless despite five more visits into Dart territory.
Davis answered right back on the play following Lacey's touchdown to tie the score at 13. Chronister found Abel Porter on a deep ball and he outran the defense for an 80-yard scoring play for the final points until the closing minutes of the fourth period.