LAYTON • The clock on the scoreboard read triple zeroes, and the Davis football team began staggering to the sideline after a missed field-goal attempt.
But Layton's Willie Uasilaa, who had caught the tipped kick near the Layton 20-yard line, dashed down the left sideline. Before the Darts realized what was happening, Uasilaa had enough of a head start, and he barreled to the end zone to put the Lancers up by 20 points.
The play was indicative of the kind of night it was for the Lancers, who used an array of big plays to knock off Davis 41-21 on Friday in a Region 1 matchup.
"When he tipped it, it honestly came right to me. I was just waiting there," Uasilaa said. "I looked at everyone, and no one was running. Everyone was yelling, 'Go,' so I just took off. I was gone."
Apart from the returned field goal, the Lancers scored on three other plays of at least 30 yards. The biggest strike was a 79-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Evans to Marcus Kemp that gave the Lancers a 13-point lead with just more than two minutes left in the first half.
The balanced Layton offense established a rhythm early. Uasilaa rushed for 105 yards on 21 carries, while Evans threw for 224 yards on 12 of 20 passing with two touchdowns.
The win kept alive the Lancers' (3-4, 2-1 Region 1) hope of finishing second in Region 1. Layton plays Northridge next week in a game that could go a long way to determining how the middle pack of the region shakes out.
"After a big loss last week, this definitely boosts our confidence," Uasilaa said. "If we can just win out, we can take second in region and get a good seed in the playoffs."
Davis (4-3, 1-2 Region 1), which had won four of five, was led by quarterback Gage Cook, who went 13 of 21 passing for 109 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted twice.