By Shane Bennett
The Wolves made up for lost time after a week eight game against Coalgate was canceled. Davis went to Marietta on Oct. 30 and pounced on the home team with 21 points in the first quarter en route to a 37-0 blowout win.
The opening kickoff was an omen of things to come for the Indians as Lane Rawls kicked a low line drive off the Marietta blocker across from him and then recovered the fumble to steal an early possession.
Davis wasted no time getting on the board with an eight-play touchdown drive. Brandon Blankenship ran the first play for 10 yards and then the last play, a 19-yard scoring scamper to strike first blood for the Wolves. Jeston Idleman added the extra point to make it 7-0.
The Davis defense joined the act on Marietta’s first possession, allowing zero yards on three plays. Linebacker Tanner Claxton came knifing through to make a tackle for a three-yard loss on third down to bring on the punt team from the 50 yard-line.
The Indians were unable to handle the snap and Lathan Dickenson blocked the home team’s first punt. Drew Parks scooped up the loose ball and returned it about 30 yards down to the five yard-line. That gave Davis first-and-goal.
Three plays later Colin Dulaney would score on a quarterback sneak to put the visitors ahead, 13-0.
It looked like Marietta might get a first down on its next drive after an eight-yard carry on first down. Then Dickenson and Levi Baxter combined for a tackle for loss on second down. Tucker Miller made another tackle for loss on third down. Then Dickenson got penetration to force a bad option pitch on fourth down and Baxter recovered the fumble for Davis to take over again.
On 15 first half runs for Marietta, the Davis defense stopped them behind the line of scrimmage six times. The Indians would ultimately gain just 77 yards on only 26 total plays in the game while the Wolves forced four turnovers. The Davis defense was smothering all night.
After Baxter’s fumble recovery, Davis went right back to the endzone. The Wolves covered 53 yards in just three plays. Parks ran for 20 yards. Dulaney threw a wide receiver screen pass to Kolton McGaha, who went for 30 yards. Then Parks scored on a three-yard plunge. He added a two-point run to make it 21-0 with 1:01 left to play in the first.
In the second quarter Marietta finally forced a Davis punt and then muffed it. That gave Davis a first down at the Marietta 40 yard-line, but the Wolves would turn the ball over on downs at the Indian 11. The first half would end with the same score as the first quarter, 21-0.
The Wolves got the ball again to start the second half and were looking to put the game away. A four-play, 70-yard touchdown drive did the trick with Dulaney running for 30 yards on the first two plays and then handing off to Blankenship for a 33-yard scoring scamper. Blankenship ran the sweep around the right end, used a jump cut back to the inside and then stepped on the gas, racing for the longest score of the night.
Tucker Miller made his presence known on the Wolves’ next possession. He ripped off a 23-yard run down to the Marietta 22 and then two plays later added a 14-yard run for the touchdown. Idleman’s extra point kick made it 34-0 with 2:44 left in the third quarter and the Indians were done.
“I was pleased to see our kids keep their intensity into the second half,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker after the game. “We seemed faster in this game.”
The Davis second team took over early in the fourth quarter with quarterback Jake Parker weaving his way for a 23-yard run on the group’s first snap. He ran over a Marietta defender at the end of the play to earn a first-and-goal at the Indian five.
The Wolves were unable to punch it into the endzone, so on fourth-and-goal from the one they tried something they haven’t done all year. . . . a field goal attempt. Idleman put the ball through for a 20-yard field goal, the first of the season for Davis in week nine.
Idleman was one of six Wolves to score in the game as Davis racked up 381 yards on 52 offensive plays. That is an average of 7.3 yards per play without a single play over 33 yards all night.
Blankenship would finish with 93 yards on just six carries. Dulaney added 63 yards on 11 carries and also completed six of 10 passes for another 61 yards through the air.
With the win, Davis improved to 5-3 on the season. The district rankings that determine playoff matchups will hinge on a week 10 game against Frederick on Friday.
Frederick will come to Davis with a 7-1 record after suffering its first loss last week to Marlow. The Bombers pushed the undefeated Outlaws for four quarters, losing 28-12 after two late touchdowns by Marlow.
“Frederick is extremely talented and they really do a little bit of everything,” coach Parker said. “They have two really good running backs that are little different so they can line up and run it at you. Then they go to an empty set and sling the ball around if they want to. It’s almost like two completely different offenses which is pretty unusual.”
The last meeting between the two schools was a 60-7 drubbing Davis put on Frederick in an undefeated march to the 2013 state championship. Friday’s game won’t resemble that one at all. The Wolves will have their hands full and the outcome of the game could result in Davis finishing anywhere from second to fifth in the final district coaches poll. The last home game of the regular season for the Wolves is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 21 0 13 3 – 37
Marietta 0 0 0 0 – 0
D – Brandon Blankenship 19 run. (Jeston Idleman kick), 7-0
D – Colin Dulaney 1 run. (kick failed), 13-0
D – Drew Parks 3 run. (Parks run), 21-0
D – Blankenship 33 run. (kick failed), 27-0
D – Tucker Miller 14 run. (Idleman kick), 34-0
D – Idleman 20 field goal. 37-0
16 First Downs 3
381 Total Offense 77
6/10/0 Comp./att./int. 0/1/0
42-320 Rushes-yds. 25-77
61 Passing Yards 0
2-0 Fumbles-lost 6-4
5-30 Penalties-yds. 5-41
1-29 Punts-avg. 4-27.8
1. Marlow 8-0
2. Frederick 7-1
3. Lindsay 4-5
4. Davis 5-3
5. Comanche 3-5
6. Coalgate 1-6
7. Marietta 1-5
8. Tishomingo 0-7