Prep football: Receivers spark Layton's offense

Prep football • Layton's top two receivers have combined for 808 yards and 19 TDs.
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With no college offers in sight entering his senior season, Layton wide receiver Marcus Kemp decided it was time to go to work.

While he dedicated himself to the weight room, ate everything in sight to add to his lanky 6-foot-5 frame and worked on his route running, Kemp paid specific attention to his attitude.

"I knew I had to do something to get to college," Kemp said.

Kemp takes the field every Friday with the attitude that, "You're not going to be able to guard me."

Kemp is averaging 20 yards per catch and has reeled in seven touchdowns. He's starting to attract the attention of college scouts and giving the Lancers' Region 1 opponents serious problems.

"He's a diamond in the rough," Layton coach Jim Batchelor said. "He's deceptively fast and chews ground up in a hurry."

But Layton is not a one-man show.

Utah State signee Tyler Fox always played running back before high school, but the Layton coaching staff immediately noticed a terrific athlete with great speed who could change direction on a dime.

"Not a lot of high school kids can make people miss the way he does," Batchelor said. "We put him in motion a lot and try to get him into space."

Fox's ability to reel ability to evade tacklers even catches Kemp's eye during plays.

"I'll be downfield making a block, and it's hard not to look because he can do some really special things," said Kemp, who regularly works on footwork drills with Fox.

The two receivers showcased their diverse talents during Friday's 41-21 win over Davis.

Fox scored on runs of 5 and 18 yards, and he caught a 39-yard strike from quarterback Hunter Evans. Kemp scored on a 79 yard bomb.

"Add running back Willie Usailaa into the mix, and I think we're really explosive and a lot for defenses to think about," Fox said.

Kemp and Fox have combined for 45 catches, 808 yards and 19 touchdowns to help lead the Lancers to a 4-3 record.

Darts earn title

The Davis girls cross country team easily won the Bob Firman Invitational in Boise, a meet that regularly features some of the top teams in the western United States. The Darts scored just 58 points to easily outdistance second-place Park City, which scored 108 points.

Davis senior, Shea Martinez finished third in the 5-kilometer race with a time of 18 minutes, 13 seconds. Teammate Ellie Child was sixth at 18:25.

Layton to miss playoffs

After missing the state tournament by just a half game last year, Layton looks like it will come up just short again.

The Lancers sat two games back with one to go after a 1-0 loss to Region 1 winner Davis last week.

Senior Shelby Green led the Lancers with eight goals entering the season finale.

Bountiful off to hot start

The Bountiful volleyball team entered Region 6 play with a 6-6 record before winnings its first four matches in region play.

Ali Packard had 13 digs, six kills and three aces in a 3-0 win over East and 12 kills in a 3-0 non-region win over Viewmont to lead the Braves. —

Explosive mix

It's rare not to see Kemp and Fox on the field. Kemp plays free safety and Fox plays cornerback on defense.

Layton running back Willie Usailaa had a 22-yard scoring run and blocked a punt that he ran back 85 yards for a score in Friday's 41-21 win over Davis.