Davis scored touchdowns on each of its first four drives and pounded the Panthers at Pauls Valley, 28-7. The win in the opener got the season off to an impressive start for the Wolves.
Pauls Valley started the game doing exactly what it needed to keep the game close. The Panthers took the opening drive and spent 12 plays marching deep into Wolf territory.
The drive began at the Panther 41 yard-line and the home team moved down to the Wolves’ 26 yard-line before being turned back. Pauls Valley went for a fourth-and-one midfield and converted another four-and-2 at the Davis 36 a few plays later.
On third-and-4 from the 26, a holding penalty set them back and the Wolves’ Tucker Miller stuffed the next play for four-yard loss to bring on the punt team. On the punt, Levi Baxter got penetration and dove to partially block the kick, which came to rest at the Davis 20.
The Wolves took over and needed just six plays to cover 80 yards. A penalty for a late hit gave Davis it’s first first-down of the game and then the second came on a big play. Senior quarterback Colin Dulaney laid a perfect lob over the defense to hit Cody Caraway in stride for a 45-yard throw-and-catch down to the Panther 12 yard-line.
Pauls Valley rose up defensively to force a third-and-four from the six yard-line. The Wolves ran the toss sweep with Jake Britt following blockers around the left side. A pair of Panther defenders stopped him cold on the four yard-line, but Britt wouldn’t be denied. He muscled through the tacklers to stay on his feet, got to the corner and went into the endzone for the first touchdown of the 2020 season.
The action felt close in the early going, but the results were slanted toward Davis. That trend would continue as the Davis defense forced a quick punt after just three plays that netted a loss of two yards for the home team.
On the second play, facing second-and-12, it was Dulaney’s turn to impress with second effort. He ran an option keeper around the left end, a play that looked to be headed nowhere. Dulaney was bottled up with a defender on him after a short gain where he seemed to be stop.
Then he shrugged off the tackle and stuck his foot in the ground. He turned straight up the field and turned on the jets, racing 73 yards past all the Panther players for another unexpected score. Kolton McGaha added a second extra point kick and just two plays into the second quarter, the visitors now held a 14-0 advantage.
Pauls Valley then responded with its best drive of the first half. A personal foul against Davis turned third-and-long into a first down and the Panthers capitalized. After a pair of gashing quarterback keepers, halfback Landin Weilenman found a crease and cruised 33 yards down to the Davis 14. The Wolves weren’t ready to give up points, though.
Miller managed another tackle-for-loss on first down and Baxter and Tanner Claxton teamed up for a one-yard stop on second down. The Panthers ended up going for it on fourth-and-10, but pressure by Lathan Dickenson forced an errant throw and an incompletion to turn the ball over on downs.
It may not have netted points, but the drive at least pinned the ball deep in Davis territory. It wasn’t a problem for the Wolves, though. Instead, they used the long field to forge their longest drive of the night in both yardage and time. It ended up being a 16-play quest that took up the rest of the first half and culminated just like the other Davis drives . . . . with a touchdown.
Dulaney followed his lineman for a one-yard plunge into the endzone with just 35 seconds in the half. McGaha’s extra point made it 21-0 for the visitors at half-time. That would prove to be an insurmountable lead.
The first half was competitive with both teams having two long drives. By the end of it, however, Davis had all the points and firm control of the game.
If that wasn’t clear, it became all the more clear on the first possession of the third quarter. McGaha caught the second half kickoff at the Davis five yard-line and got a chance to show his speed. Wolf blockers opened up a lane along the right sideline and “K-Bolt” burst through it and went 95 yards to the house. Unfortunately, an inadvertent facemask penalty brought the play back.
For McGaha, it was just one of three near touchdowns his missed on the night. In addition to having the kick return called back, he also dropped what would’ve been a sure touchdown pass in the first half. Later in the opening drive of the second half he looked to have redemption with a 27-yard scoring strike. Again, however a penalty for an ineligible man down field took the points off the board.
Instead of McGaha, it ended up being Drew Parks. On the nine-play, 60-yard drive, Parks ran the ball four times for 38 yards, including the one-yard score to cap it. McGaha at least got another point on the try after and the Wolves were up, 28-0 with 6:07 to pay in the third.
That was the last offense that Dulaney would play on the night after leading four drives and securing four Davis touchdowns. He ended the game with 91 rushing yards on 12 carries for two touchdowns and also completed three of five passes for 56 yards.
Pauls Valley would score midway through the fourth and threaten again in the closing minutes of play, but Davis was able to put away it’s first win.
For the game, Davis would finish with 277 yards of total offense to just 152 for Pauls Valley. The Davis defense was stingy, holding the Panthers to just 3-of-13 on third-down conversion in the game. The Panthers averaged just 2.8 yards per rush in the game.
With its first win, Davis is now 1-0 entering Murray County Bedlam in week two. The Bulldogs are licking their wounds at 0-2, but it’s not as though they aren’t battle-tested.
Their two losses have been to Tuttle, 28-7 and last week’s 31-20 loss to Washington. Both opponents figure to be playoff teams, if the season gets that far.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at Sulphur for a cool game that will likely finish with temperatures in the 60s.
Davis 7 14 7 0 – 28
Pauls Valley 0 0 0 7 – 7
D – Jake Britt 6 run (Kolton McGaha kick). 7-0
D – Colin Dulaney 73 run (McGaha kick). 14-0
D – Dulaney 1 run (McGaha kick). 21-0
D – Drew Parks 1 run (McGaha kick). 28-0
P – Landin Weilenman 2 run (Luis Mendez kick). 28-7
Davis Pauls Valley
13 First downs 11
277 Total offense 152
40-221 Rushes-yds. 47-133
3-6-0 Comp/att/int 2-9-0
56 Passing yards 19
1-0 Fumbles-lost 2-1
7-56 Penalties-yds 7-70
1-14 Punts-avg. 2-36