Layton • It seemed Northridge had the advantage in what had become a field position battle as the second half of a Region 1 football struggle wore on Thursday night.
The Knights started both of their first two possessions of the fourth quarter at the Davis 42. Even though that didn't net points, it did force the visiting Darts to start at its own 7 with 6 minutes, 11 seconds left in a tied game. And Davis had only four first downs to its credit to the Knights' 13 at that point.
But Davis quarterback Colton Chronister changed all that with one mighty run.
Chronister peeled off a 69-yard gain on a keeper one that saw him break to his right then cut back to the middle and all the way to the left sideline before he stopped at the Northridge 24. Davis' Mason White scored the go-ahead touchdown seven plays later in what would end up a 27-13 Darts' victory.
"They had been crashing hard on the read-option, and we had been running up the middle the whole time," Chronister said. "I just saw a lane, stuck my foot in the ground and took off.
"I was exhausted though. I was dead down here," said Chronister, pointing to the spot where it appeared his legs buckled trying to make a final cut. "I fell to the ground I was so tired."
Northridge (3-5, 3-2) had a chance to tie Davis (7-0, 4-0) in the region standings, and the Knights still had a shot to deadlock the game late. But a Ben Jackson pass was intercepted by Darts defensive back Matt Morrell, who streaked down the sideline to the Knights 3.
Parker Rose rushed to pay dirt from 4 yards out for the clinching TD two plays later.
Davis' first two touchdowns came on a 37-yard return off a botched punt attempt and an 80-yard bomb from Chronister to Abel Porter.
Northridge's 1-yard TD run by Dayan Lake was set up by a 37-yard pass from Jackson to Jace Colby. The Knights also got a 37-yard scoring strike from Jackson to Houston Lacey in the second quarter.
"I like the resolve our kids showed in the second half," Davis coach Ryan Bishop said. "I thought our defensive line made some great plays to put pressure on their quarterback that really helped us out when we didn't have the field position.