By Shane Bennett
The Davis football team piled up five touchdowns, 13 first downs and over 200 rushing yards in the first half alone on Sept. 18. The Wolf defense also smothered the visiting Wynnewood Savages to run away with a 48-6 victory in the 2020 home opener.
The first half couldn’t have been much more lop-sided in the first home game of the season for Davis. Five Wolf possessions yielded five touchdowns while holding Wynnewood to four punts and an interception.
After Wynnewood went nowhere with the opening possession of the game, Davis needed just four plays to cover 71 yards to the endzone. The last two plays were runs of 19 and 24 yards by senior quarterback Colin Dulaney, who got his team on the board.
An encroachment penalty on the point after try led to a two-point run by sophomore Lane Rawls and Davis had a 8-0 lead.
On Wynnewood’s next offensive play, a deep pass into double coverage was picked off by Kolton McGaha and returned to the Wynnewood 40 yard-line to set up the Wolves’ next score. It was Brandon Blankenship this time, walking into the endzone untouched for a three-yard score. It was the sixth play of the drive and, with McGaha’s extra point kick, made it 15-0.
Not only was it the first home game of the season for Davis, it was the first game of the season of any kind for Wynnewood. Due to quarantine issues, the Savages saw each of their first two games canceled, a fact that made Friday’s trip to Davis even more challenging. The typical first game cramps would set in for Wynnewood late in the game, but early the problem was penalties. They committed seven penalties for 57 yards in the first quarter alone.
Two of those penalties netted 30 yards on the Wolves’ third possession, giving Davis a first down at the Wynnewood 25 yard-line. Three plays later junior runningback, Drew Parks would begin to stake his claim on the game with a 20-yard touchdown run to put Davis on top, 22-0.
The game looked to be all but over at that point, but Parks was just getting started. He would amass 84 rushing yards on just eight first half carries . . . . three of them for touchdowns.
Facing a fourth-and-one on its next possession, Davis turned to Parks who found a crease and bounced outside for a 24-yard run down to the Wynnewood 11. He then broke through up the middle on the next play for the score to make it 28-0 with 9:36 to play in the second quarter.
Davis leaned on Dulaney in its last drive of the first half, an 11-play, 68-yard methodical drive. On seven straight plays in the drive, the signal caller either threw a pass or ran the ball. Then he gave to Parks on first-and-goal from the four and Parks went in for his third score of the half. By halftime, Dulaney had added nine carries for 114 yards of his own as well as 24 passing yards.
Davis dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and thus, controlled the first 24 minutes. The Wolves racked up 240 yards of offense to just 28 for Wynnewood before intermission.
“It’s really fun when we’re executing,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker. “We’re running a triple option and that means we’re relying on our quarterback a lot to make the right reads, and he was.”
Defensively the story started up front where the D-line won the battle in the trenches, allowing linebackers and safeties to flow freely to the football . . . . and they did.
“We really have been tackling pretty good when we’ve been able to get ourselves in position,” Parker said. “In this game we came off the ball better, had better pad level and also did a better job of carrying out our individual assignments.”
Eight of the Savages’ 20 offensive plays in the first half were stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage. Tucker Miller and Chase Warren each had quarterback sacks in the first half with Blankenship, Rawls, Jake Britt and Tuff Hammons all getting in on stops behind the line of scrimmage as well.
In the second half, the second units saw extended action for Davis. After their opening drive netted 39 yards, but a turnover on downs, the Wolves turned the reigns over to Hammons, their junior quarterback.
Working with the varsity unit, Hammons navigated an eight-play, 59 yard drive and capped it with ann eye-catching 17-yard score. It looked as though he was stopped on the play but Hammons then broke free and outran Savage defenders to the pylon to put his team on top, 41-0 with 2:47 to play in the third.
Malaki White got involved in the act when the full second-team took over in the fourth quarter. He carried for nine yards on the first play to kick-start the drive and then eight more two plays later. Then on second down from the Wynnewood 22, White came around from his slot position to take the handoff. Instead of going around the end, though, he turned straight up the field through a hole as wide as a truck and raced 22 yards to pay dirt.
Wynnewood left its varsity in to make up for lost game time early in the season and finally got on the board. It took the visitors 14 plays to score with the Davis second-team trying to preserve the shutout. The Savages eventually punched it in with just 51 seconds left in the game.
“It’s really good to see the things that you’re working on in practice are getting better,” admitted Parker after the game. “Most of our kids showed good improvement.”
The one negative from the game for Davis was the loss of junior linebacker/runningback Lathan Dickenson. Dickenson left with a leg injury in the first half and was unable to return. His injury doesn’t appear to be long-term, but it definitely leaves Friday at Tishomingo in doubt for him. A three-phase contributor, his presence will be missed if he is unable to go.
Davis improved to 2-1 with the win and now stands ready for District play. The Wolves will travel to Tishomingo on Friday for a 7:30 kickoff against the 0-2 Indians.
Tishomingo is coming off back-to-back losses, falling to Pauls Valley, 29-6 on Sept. 11 and Kingston, 42-0 last week. After missing practice time just before the season due to quarantine, the Indians have gotten three straight weeks of work leading up to District play.
The Indians are an old-school power football team these days. They run a stacked “I” formation with three backs behind their quarterback on offense.
“They’ve really moved the ball on people, it’s turnovers that have been their issue,” Parker said of the Indians. “We like to think we want to play a power football game . . . . I guess we’re gonna find out this week.”
Davis has a winning record and team in shape for the season. The march toward the 2A playoffs now begins.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 22 12 7 7 – 48
Wynnewood 0 0 0 6 – 6
D – Colin Dulaney 24 run. (Lane Rawls run), 8-0
D – Brandon Blankenship 3 run. (Kolton McGaha kick), 15-0
D – Drew Parks 20 run. (McGaha kick), 22-0
D – Parks 11 run. (kick failed), 28-0
D – Parks 4 run. (kick blocked), 34-0
D – Tuff Hammons 17 run. (McGaha kick), 41-0
D – Malaki White 22 run. (McGaha kick), 48-0
W – 2 run. (run failed), 48-6
19 First Downs 10
395 Total offense 124
2/8/0 Comp./att./int. 10/16/1
44-371 Rushes-yds. 27-76
24 Passing yards 48
3-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0
6-50 Penalties-yds. 13-109
0-0 Punts-avg. 5-33.6