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Prep football: Davis wears down Taylorsville

Published September 6, 2013 11:25 pm

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Kaysville • Most longtime high school football fans will look at Davis' 28-0 victory over Taylorsville on Friday night and shrug.

After all, the Darts this season are celebrating 100 years of mostly winning football, while the Warriors have experienced mostly frustration in their 32 years.

But Davis quarterback Colton Chronister and coach Ryan Bishop were buying none of that after moving to 3-0 against previously unbeaten Taylorsville.

"This was no warmup," said Chronister, who threw three touchdown passes. "That was an outstanding team. But region is a whole other thing."

Bishop echoed those sentiments.

"They are big, physical and athletic," the veteran Dart coach said. "I don't know if we will see a better defensive line. I am proud of our kids. Things didn't always go our way. I was really frustrated that we let ourselves get sloppy."

Though the offense often gets the headlines, it was Davis' defense that dominated and frustrated Taylorsville. The Darts forced punt after punt throughout the game. The Warriors never seriously threatened to score.

Because the Taylorsville defense had to spend so much time on the field, the Darts' high-speed offense simply wore down the visitors.

Chronister tossed a 72-yard scoring pass to Abel Porter and touchdowns of 45 and 8 yards to Parker Rose.

"We run a fast-paced offense, wear teams down with the run and pound the ball as much as we can," he said. "We are a run-first offense, and then we can get it over the top hopefully."

Davis, which honored legendary coaches Lee Liston and Gerald Purdy at halftime as it celebrates its centennial year, opens up Region 1 play next Thursday at Syracuse. It will be another battle of unbeatens.

wharton@sltrib.com