By Shane Bennett
On Oct.29, in what could be the Wolves’ final home game of 2021, they put on a show in the first half. Lane Rawls’ hat-trick of touchdowns highlighted a 35-point outburst in the opening 24 minutes as Davis destroyed Marietta, 42-20.
In so doing, the Wolves kept pace with Frederick, Comanche and Lindsay and will be set for a week 10 trip to Frederick where the winner qualifies for the playoffs.
The Red-and-White ran over the Indians to the tune of 326 yards of offense in the first two quarters while holding Marietta to 43 total yards of offense and to negative rushing yardage.
The Wolves’ first five drive penetrated the Indians’ 30 yard-line and rang up the scoreboard for four touchdowns. The opening drive covered 55 yards on six plays including Jeston Idleman’s 24-yard scamper and Rawls’ 2-yard plunge for the score at the end of it.
The second series for Davis saw first down runs on three consecutive plays before fizzling out at the Marietta 21. Then Davis got on a roll.
The Wolves marched 60 yards on seven plays the third time they had the ball, ending with a seven-yard touchdown run by senior, Jake Britt on the first play of the second quarter. At that point it was 14-0.
On the next drive, Rawls broke through the line and raced 26 yards to pay dirt, caping a 53-yard march to make it 21-0.
The fourth touchdown drive was just two plays long. Luke Linville entered a quarterback and took the first play 11 yards. Rawls quickly followed with another long touchdown. This time it was a 53-yard house call as the junior fullback got a chance to show off his speed. With a missed extra point kick, Davis was ahead 27-0 with 4:52 left in the first half, but Davis wasn’t done.
Next, the Davis defense came up with a big play. Senior cornerback, Cody Caraway nabbed an interception on a combat catch along the Wolves’ sideline. Davis took over with 4:01 left in the half and mixed in more of its second offensive unit. The Wolves ended up settling for their only first-half punt.
The Davis defense forced four incompletions on five passing attempts to start Marietta’s next drive before a sack by seniors Kavan Bolding and Levi Baxter produced a fourth Indian punt.
Davis got the ball back at its own 39 with 57 seconds left in the first half. Starting quarterback Jake Parker returned for one last series in the half, to run the two-minute drill.
Malaki White took the first play on a toss sweep around the right end for a 19-yard gain. Then on the next play, Parker looked to throw deep to Caraway, who was behind the defense.
Parker dropped a dime that hit Caraway in stride the 10 and the senior receiver cruised into the endzone with a 42-yard touchdown catch.
Holder Seth Knapp then turned a low snap on the extra point kick into a rollout pass to Chase Stewart for the two-point conversion. That made it 35-0 at halftime with 28 points in the second quarter alone.
Rawls had 111 rushing yards on just 8 carries to go with his three first half touchdowns. The dominance of the Davis offense could be seen from the fact that eight different players had runs of at least nine yards in the first half. By halftime, the Wolves had amassed 284 yards on 29 rushing attempts.
Marietta showed some pride to start the second half, though. The Indians marched 67 yards on 12 plays for a touchdown . . . . even if it was a lucky score. On fourth-and-11, the Indians heaved a pass into the endzone. A Davis defender went up for a leaping interception. Instead he dropped the ball right into the diving arms of an Indian receiver for an unlikely touchdown.
Davis answered on its second drive of the third quarter. After a high snap on a punt gave the Wolves the ball at the Marietta 22, Trey Gammill took the first play around the left end and up the sideline for the score. Tyler Tinsley added his fourth extra point kick of the night to make it 42-8 with 2:23 left in the third and Davis called off the dogs.
Marietta added two scoring drives against the Davis defensive subs in the fourth quarter. The first went 65 yards on seven plays and the second was 97 yards on seven plays, including a touchdown on the final play of the game.
With the win, Davis took care of business to improve to 6-3 on the season and set up a huge showdown at Frederick in week 10.
In a wild year for District 2A-4, there is a 4-way tie for second place, with all four teams that are tied playing against each other in the final week of the season. Because of this, by the end of the night on Friday, there will be two teams tied for second place and the other two tied for fourth.
Since the tie-breaker will come down to head-to-head match-ups, each team, including the Wolves, could finish anywhere between second and fifth in the district. On one end of the spectrum, the Wolves could secure a home playoff game. On the other end, they could be eliminated from the playoffs.
The match-ups will be Davis at Frederick and Lindsay at Comanche. Since the Wolves beat Comanche earlier in the year, but lost to Lindsay, they will be rooting for one team if they win, but the other if they lose. Here are the possible outcomes of Friday night’s games.
Second place with a Davis win and a Comanche win.
Third place with a Davis win and a Lindsay win.
Fourth place with a Davis loss and a Lindsay win.
Fifth place with a Davis loss and a Comanche win.
“There are just four teams that are really close to each other,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker. “On a year like this, it really comes down to match-ups.”
Speaking of match-ups, Davis can take confidence from the 2020 meeting between the two teams. The Wolves won a thriller at home, 29-21 in double overtime.
The Wolves never trailed in regulation and took the lead, 13-6 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Then Frederick answered with a touchdown with 5:20 left in the game to send it into overtime. Frederick then scored first in overtime and added a two-point conversion for its first lead of the game, 21-13.
The Wolves answered the bell, though, tying the game with a touchdown and two-pointer of their own to send it into double overtime. Colin Dulaney added a touchdown run and two-point conversion in the second overtime and watched as Rawls came up with a huge stop on fourth-and-goal at the one to win it.
Less theatrics might be nice for Davis, but coach Parker would gladly take a win any way he can get one.
“We can’t worry about what happens in the other game because we have no control over that,” he said. “We just have to find a way to win.”
The good news for the Wolves is at least they control their own destiny. Win and their in. They are hoping for a strong contingent to make the long drive to Frederick and root them on to their seventh victory. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 7 28 7 0 – 42
Marietta 0 0 8 12 – 20
D – Lane Rawls 2 run. (Tyler Tinsley kick), 7-0
D – Jake Britt 7 run. (Tinsley kick), 14-0
D – Rawls 26 run. (Tinsley kick), 21-0
D – Rawls 53 run. (kick failed), 27-0
D – Cody Caraway 42 pass from Jake Parker. (Chase Stewart pass from Seth Knapp), 35-0
M – Dakota Gilley 24 pass from Jonathan Lohmeyer. (Lohmeyer run), 35-8
D – Trey Gammill 22 run. (Tinsley kick), 42-8
M – Lohmeyer 19 run. (pass failed), 42-14
M – 14 run. (no PAT), 42-20
15 First Downs 13
397 Total Offense 276
1/5/0 Comp./att./int. 12/27/1
43-355 Rushes-yds. 31-139
42 Passing Yards 137
1-0 Fumbles-lost 4-0
1-5 Penalties-yds. 3-15
3-32.3 Punts-avg. 5-28