SYRACUSE — It doesn’t matter anymore.
All of the 6A state football playoff possibilities that were postulated with a Syracuse win on Friday evening went out the window when the home-town Titans narrowly lost to Davis in a 13-12 squeaker.
The victorious Darts (6-2, 4-2) finish third in Region 1 while Syracuse misses out on the tournament, falling short with a 2-4 region record.
Special teams was the story on both sides of the ball, as Syracuse missed two extra points but still had a chance to win the game on a 30-yard field goal attempt with two seconds remaining.
Davis called two timeouts to ice the kicker, then 6-foot-3 defensive lineman Ethan Earnshaw stepped up with the biggest play of the night, blocking the kick as time expired.
“The last two seconds — I was right next to the center when he snapped the ball,” Earnshaw said. “Then I bull-rushed my guy. I saw a chance and put my hand up and blocked it. I’ve never blocked a kick before, but I was in it to win it.”
Where the Titans lost the game on special teams, Davis place kicker Will Ferrin won it with his talented toe.
Ferrin knocked home a 27-yard field goal — his second of the game — with 8:57 left in the fourth quarter to give the Darts the 13-12 edge.
“It’s the same thing every time, whether it’s a PAT or a 50-yarder; whether it’s for the game or just a point after,” Ferrin said. “I just go out, don’t think about it too much and put it through.
“There’s definitely more pressure when it’s to give us the lead, but you just have to forget about the pressure and put it through the uprights,” he said.
Ferrin opened the scoring for the Darts with a 31-yard field goal on their opening possession, the only points by either team in the first quarter.
Junior quarterback Bridger Hamblin got Syracuse on the board early in the second stanza, shedding nearly every Davis defender on the way to an 85-yard touchdown keeper with 11:05 left in the half.
The extra point kick was blocked and that was all the offense the teams could muster.
Defense ruled the first half as the Titans punted five times and Davis drives ended on two punts, an interception and a missed field goal.
Carston Christensen ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 8:51 left in the third period to give the Darts a 10-6 lead, but Kaden Hanberg countered on a 13-yard run for the Titans at the 4:06 mark to make it 12-10.
However, the extra point attempt again failed and Ferrin and Earnshaw made the big plays down the stretch for the Darts.
Davis plays a non-region game at American Fork next Wednesday before the playoffs.