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Layton High School's Caden Winn tries to avoid a tackle from Clearfield High School during Layton's 35-21 victory at Clearfield on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

CLEARFIELD — With sub-.500 records in eight of the past 10 seasons, gridiron victories haven’t come easy for the Layton Lancers during the recent past.

However, with a nine-game winning streak over Clearfield — primarily accrued during that period — Layton could at least earmark the result of the border town rivalry in the win column each year.

The narrative changed a season ago when the Falcons snapped the skid and squeaked out a 10-3 decision. But Friday night, it was back to business as usual as the Lancers churned out a 35-21 decision over the floundering Falcons.

Neither squad came into the contest packing much offensive firepower. The Lancers (2-4, 1-3 Region 1) had totaled only a pair of touchdowns over its past two matchups, while Clearfield (1-5, 0-4) entered having scored a combined six points during its last three games.

Each team came out of the gate ready to put points on the board.

“We just got those mental mistakes out of our heads,” Layton’s all-purpose offensive threat Nate Atkinson said. “We worked hard all week, we did good at practice and we proved it on the field tonight.”

Layton took the opening drive 75 yards in seven plays and took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Landon Brant scrambled up the middle from 13 yards out and into the end zone.

Coming on the heels of two consecutive shutouts, the Falcons punched back by taking their first possession in for a touchdown. Quarterback Mitchell Reed capped an 80-yard drive by scrambling in from the 7 for the equalizer.

The Falcons took the lead following an interception by sophomore Kevian Hardy. Reed again engineered a drive that he capped with a 3-yard keeper to put Clearfield on top 14-7 with 7:26 to play before halftime.

Layton responded with a 74-yard drive that concluded with Brant connecting with Atkinson for an 8-yard score on a crossing pattern and then, following an interception by Alec Bolingbroke, tacked on a Chandler Stevens 35-yard field goal as the half expired to take a 17-14 advantage.

Clearfield recaptured the lead on the first play of the second half when Reed threaded a pass to Noah Hardy down the middle for an 81-yard catch-and-run score.

Another Stevens field goal narrowed the gap, then the Lancers went up for good 28-21 with 9:31 to play after capitalizing on another Falcon turnover when Brant shimmied into the end zone from 22 yards out.

Atkinson tacked on an insurance touchdown with 5:11 to play on a 7-yard run around the left side.

“We knew we had this game,” Atkinson said. “We knew we were a better team and we know we’re a better team than most teams that we play so we need to go out there and win every night.”

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