KAYSVILLE -- There were moments of sloppy play from the home side and some fantastic play from the visiting side, but when the chips were down it was the Davis Darts that made just enough plays Friday night for a solid 29-17 victory over the Weber Warriors.
With the victory, the Darts picked up another region championship and maintained their perfect season to this point, something that was not lost on Davis coach Ryan Bishop.
"It's great to win a region title and that is something that we will celebrate tonight," Bishop said. "But we have preached that it's Week 9, Week 8, Week 6 or whatever game we're playing and the players have really bought into that.
"It showed again tonight because there were times that they (Weber) made plays and we could have gotten down on ourselves, but we picked it up and got it turned around.
"Matt Hammer has done a great job of turning around the Weber program and they came to play today. They are tough and I have said all along that our region top to bottom is the toughest region in the state. There are tough games every week and to come out of this region on top says a lot about the kids and the program."
Davis jumped out to an early 15-0 lead thanks in part to touchdown runs from Parker Rose and Colton Chronister of seven and eight yards respectively. However, Weber wasn't going anywhere as Gabe Madsen kicked a 39-yard field goal to cut into the lead and after a three-and-out by the Darts, the Warriors' Jaxon Porter hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cole Dean to get with a score at 15-10.
A Tyler Hinds 47-yard interception return for a touchdown actually increased the lead at the half to 22-10 lead.
Weber found its answer on the first play of the second half as Dean found a wide open Mike Baker on a 68-yard scoring strike that made the score 22-17 with plenty of pressure to put on Davis.
The Warriors actually got the ball back down just five, but went for it on fourth and one deep in their own territory and were stuffed by the Darts, turning the ball over.
The game still hung in the balance starting the fourth until Davis got its ground game going behind Rose and Mason White. They ground out the game and even got a late score from Christian Smith on his reception from Chronister from eight yards out to account for the final score.
Chronister finished the game 14-of-28 for 148 yards and a touchdown. Rose, White and Chronister combined for 226 rushing yards on 50 carries. Weber was led by Dean, who passed for 248 and three touchdowns in the loss.
Davis clinches a home playoff game with the win and they will face the Pleasant Grove Vikings on Friday at 5 p.m.
* SYRACUSE 36, FREMONT 14: At Plain City, the Titans tuned up for state with an impressive first half of action.
Syracuse jumped out to a 33-7 lead in the first half, and continued to secure the Region 1 win over Fremont. Romney Harker had three field goals for the Titans in the victory.
Kole Tracy added three TDs through the air.
Justin Shaw ran for a TD and tossed a TD pass for the Silver Wolves.