Davis football on a roll; Farmington strugglingSep 07, 2023 03:16PM ● By Josh McFadden
As difficult as it may be to believe, the high school football regular season is almost half over. Davis wants to keep its winning ways going. For Farmington, now is the time to turn things around.
The Darts have won three games in a row to improve to 3-1 overall. Now, with one more game before Region 1 play begins, Davis looks to have a good chance to move to 4-1. The Darts face Taylorsville on Friday, a team that has yet to win a game this season.
Last week, Davis had another one-sided victory, beating Kearns 27-7. The Davis defense played well, giving up just 202 yards and one score on the day. Meanwhile, the Darts scored in each quarter and generated 281 yards.
Davis opened the scoring on the final play of the first quarter when Tradon Bessinger hit Kash Gates 6 yards for a touchdown. The halftime score was 13-0 when Jacob Faeber scored from a yard out. Carter Dorius had a 28-yard interception return for a TD early in the third quarter to give Davis a 20-0 advantage. After Kearns got on the board, Davis responded with 10:47 left in the game when Bessinger and Gates hooked up a second time. This connection came on a 2-yard pass.
Bessinger was 22 of 39 on the day for 199 yards and the two scores. To go along with his two touchdowns, Gates had six catches for 46 yards. Bode Sparrow had four catches for a team-high 53 yards. On the ground, Owen Talbot paced the Darts with 47 yards. Faeber had some good defensive contributions too, as he had 10 tackles and a sack. McCoy Frasure had an interception to match Dorius’ total.
The Phoenix are still looking for win No. 1 on what has been a tough season so far. At 0-4, Farmington has a chance to get into the win column next week on Sept. 15 when it hosts Syracuse in its first Region 1 contest. Farmington has this Friday off.
Last Friday, the Phoenix had a tall order in facing traditional state power Corner Canyon, a team with a powerful offense. Farmington got down early 14-0 in the first quarter and trailed 35-0 at halftime en route to a 42-3 loss. The Phoenix did hold the Chargers to just seven points in the second half and managed a fourth-quarter field goal when Drew Romney put one through the uprights from 41 yards out with 3:17 to go.
Travis Hoopes had nine carries for 27 yards to lead the team. In the passing department, quarterback Easton Wight was 20 of 34 for 161 yards. He threw three interceptions against an opportunistic Corner Canyon defense. Dominic Coats had three catches for 34 yards. Travis Hoopes had six catches for 27 yards. Bruce Reinbold intercepted University of Utah-bound Corner Canyon quarterback Isaac Wilson. Kailiki Byrd had six tackles.