By Shane Bennett
It took a little while for Davis to get rolling in the home playoff opener against Holdenville on Nov. 13, as the Wolves didn’t score until the final play of the first quarter. Then they ripped off touchdowns on six of their last seven possessions of the game to wallop the visiting Wolverines, 40-8.
The Davis defense drowned the Wolverines in the first half, allowing just 40 yards of total offense and only two first downs. Holdenville turned the ball over on downs on fourth-and-9 to start the game and then followed that with five punts before intermission.
Holdenville’s longest play of the first half was just eight yards. On top of that, of the 22 plays it did run, 15 of them produced one yard or less.
“Holdenville likes to run it right at you and we defend that kind of offense really well,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker. “We played really physical and it also didn’t hurt that Holdenville was without their starting tailback.”
That stellar defense gave the Wolf offense plenty of time to get into rhythm. After gaining no yards on the first drive, the Wolves fumbled at the Holdenville 10 yard-line to end their second drive. The Davis band had to wait until the final play of the first quarter to strike up the fight song.
Finally, the Wolves put together a 57-yard drive, punctuated by a 30-yard touchdown run by Brandon Blankenship to give the home team a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Wolves scored twice. Once was a long drive and the other was a quick strike. The long drive lasted 12 plays and covered 63 yards. The Red-and-White mixed carries evenly between Blankenship, Tucker Miller, Lathan Dickenson, Drew Parks, Colin Dulaney and Lane Rawls, but it was rawls who got the score. He ran it in from four yards out to make it 14-0 after another extra point kick by Jeston Idleman.
The third touchdown of the game was a big splash. A well-blocked option play around the right end got loud as Blankenship turned the corner and turned on the afterburners. He raced 63 yards to the house. That score made it 20-0 at halftime.
Davis started with the ball in the second half and picked up where it left off. After picking up a first down, a holding penalty wiped out another good run by Blankenship and appeared to kill the drive. That was before Dulaney dropped back to pass on third-and-16.
He faked a wide receiver screen and instead threw deep to senior receiver Kolton McGaha. McGaha got a step on the defender and as the perfect pass hit him in stride he bolted 55 yards for the touchdown to run the lead to 27-0 early in the third quarter.
In just three second half possessions, Davis found the endzone on all three. On the second drive, Rawls produced his second buzzer-beater of the game. At the end of a methodical, 12-play, 80-yard drive Rawls had the last two carries. He went for 14 yards and then the 11-yard scoring scamper as time expired on the third quarter to put the game well out of reach, 33-0.
Holdenville responded with its only touchdown of the game. They converted a third-and-16 and a fourth-and-1 to keep alive a 15-play scoring drive that avoided the shutout with 4:50 left in the game. Davis however, wasn’t quite done.
A good kick return by Cody Caraway, coupled with a penalty on Holdenville for a late hit at the end of it, gave Davis the ball at the visitors’ 25. Tuff Hammons took over at quarterback, leading the second unit on a six-play drive that ended with his four-yard touchdown run.
By the end of it, Davis had racked up a season high, 425 yards of offense, including 355 on the ground. Rawls led the way for Davis, amassing 112 yards on 12 carries. Blankenship blew out the average with 105 rushing yards on just seven carries in the game.
Davis improved to 7-3 on the season with the win and advanced to face Community Christian School in Norman this week.
Community Christian is 7-2 on the season and will be coming off a bye week after Marietta opted out of the playoffs last week. Three of the last four games for the Royals have been decided by seven points or less as they narrowly defeated Christian Heritage and Purcell to earn second place in their district.
Davis will face a very modern offense from Community Christian. The Royals have a very talented runningback and a quarterback that spreads the ball around to four wide receivers in a diverse attack. They are also modern in the sense that Community Christian will often go for it on fourth down when the traditional route would be to punt.
“They will go for it from their own 30 yard-line and they also like to onside kick a lot,” Parker explained. “They do a lot of things that force you to stick to your assignments against them.”
In a district with a lot more spread than power football, the biggest question is how physical Community Christian can play. The Wolves will aim to find out on Friday.
Davis fans will have to leave a little earlier with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 7 13 13 7 – 40
Holdenville 0 0 0 8 – 8
D – Brandon Blankenship 30 run. (Jeston Idleman kick), 7-0
D – Lane Rawls 4 run (Idleman kick), 14-0
D – Blankenship 63 run (kick failed), 20-0
D – Kolton McGaha 55 pass from Colin Dulaney (Idleman kick), 27-0
D – Rawls 11 run (kick failed), 33-0
H – Christian Zambrano 8 run (Matthew Cox pass), 33-8
D – Tuff Hammons 4 run. (Idleman kick), 40-8
15 First Downs 11
425 Total Offense 149
3/6/0 Comp./att./int. 10/16/0
48-355 Rushes-yds. 33-92
70 Passing Yards 47
3-1 Fumbles-lost 1-0
4-50 Penalties-yds. 5-35
1-41 Punts-avg. 6-33.7