By Shane Bennett
In a trip to Frederick for the regular season finale with a playoff spot on the line, the Wolves picked a good to put together their 200th shutout in school history. Davis never punted on offense and held Frederick to less than 100 yards of total offense, leaving no doubt in a 34-0 route.
On the first eight of the Wolves’ drives their worst finish was the Frederick 11 yard-line. Those drives resulted in three turnovers on downs and 5 touchdowns for Davis. The first drive of the game actually saw two Davis touchdowns.
After the Wolf defense forced a punt to start the game, the Davis offense overcame multiple penalties to find the endzone on its first possession. Jake Parker took a carry for 35 yards on third-and-three only to have the play wiped out for a chop block. Instead of first down at the Frederick 26, the Wolves faced third-and-18 from their own 24.
The Davis quarterback was unfazed. He dropped back to pass and found Trey Gammill on a perfect lob down the middle. The play not only picked up the first down, but gobbled up 38 yards, flipping the field to the Frederick 38.
“That was a great call,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker. “I think executing it really set the tone for everything we did offensively the rest of the night.”
Three plays later, Jeston Idleman scored on a 15-yard run, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. No mind. The next play he set up and followed a great block by Cody Caraway, riding Caraway’s back the last five yards into the endzone for the score. Tyler Tinsley followed with an extra point kick for a 7-0 lead and less than five minutes into the game, the Wolves had all the points they would need to win.
The Davis defense forced three straight punts to start the game and the Wolves’ second drive, they put together their longest march of the evening. The Red-and-White covered 73 yards on 12 plays, but came up short of the endzone. On fourth-and-12 from the Frederick 14, Parker dropped back to pass. When he didn’t find anyone open he scrambled, but was tackled at the six for a turnover on downs.
Then, the Wolves’ third drive of the night turned out to be the shortest one. The Davis defense forced a three-and-out and Frederick punted from their endzone out to the 39 yard-line. On the first play, Lane Rawls broke through the line into the open field and raced past the Bomber defenders for a 39-yard touchdown run. With 8:17 to play in the game, it was 14-0.
Frederick’s fourth drive of the half crossed midfield to the Davis 37, where the bombers went for it on fourth-and-8. Malaki White tipped the pass, which fell incomplete and the ball turned over on downs.
With 3:26 left in the first half, the Wolves were hungry for one more score. It took just seven plays to sprint 63 yards for the score. Brendan Rawls carried three times for 24 yards before a 10-yard run by Idleman put the ball at the Frederick 16. On the next play Gammill raced 16 yards for the score to make it 21-0 at halftime.
That score, did not indicate the level of dominance Davis put on display in the opening 24 minutes. The Wolves racked up 267 yards of offense, averaging 9.39 yards per play. Meanwhile, they held Frederick to just 62 yards of offense in the half.
In the third quarter, Davis again moved the ball with relative ease, but struggled to finish drives. The Wolves turned the ball over on downs at the Frederick 11 and then the 10 on their first two drives, before scoring on their third possession of the half. A 30-yard Lane Rawls drive included four runs by the junior fullback, capped by a 16-yarder for his second score of the night.
With a missed extra point, Davis led 27-0 with 9:39 left in the game.
The next possession for the Wolves was the last scoring drive of the night. Parker ran on three of the five plays, including a 31-yard run behind another great block by Caraway to cap the scoring for Davis. Parker finished with 87 rushing yards on 15 carries to go along with 68 passing yards, completing three of four attempts.
Lane Rawls led the Davis rushing attack with 135 yards on 18 totes. Gammill’s continued rise in the offense added all three receptions for the Wolves. He racked up 68 receiving yards and added 78 rushing yards on just 8 carries to average 13.3 all-purpose yards on his 11 touches in the game.
The stats were impressive, but were only made possible by an imposing offensive line performance.
“A hundred percent,” said quarterback Jake Parker after the game. “The line was incredible the whole game.”
“Our plan was to just come out here and whoop ‘em tonight,” said senior center Kavan Bolding. “We had great energy tonight.”
That energy and dominance was the theme of the Davis defensive effort that allowed just 99 total yards of offense in the playoff-clinching game.
“The D-line did a great job of keeping us clean and we were able to make plays,” said senior linebacker Drew Parks. “When our offense is confident, our defense is too and it just feels so great to come to their field and prove ourselves the way we did.”
Coach Parker was impressed with the game as perhaps the most complete effort his team has put forward all season.
“When you factor in all three phases that was probably the best we’ve played,” he said. “We had an opportunity to finish off a good team on their field in the third quarter and just kind of shot ourselves in the foot. Other than that, though, I’m really proud of the way our kids played.”
With the win, the Wolves improved to 7-3 on the season, but unfortunately Lindsay beat Comanche 32-15. That means that instead of finishing second in the district, Davis took third and will go on the road the first round of the playoff to Norman to face Community Christian again. The Wolves were eliminated from the playoffs in a 35-7 loss at Community Christian last year.
Davis knows it will have its hands full against senior quarterback Boyce McIntosh, who put up 117 rushing yards and 115 passing yards in the first half alone a year ago.
“They’re a very talented team and they run a lot of triple option plays too,” Parker said of Community Christian.
The Saints run a very modern offense based heavily on run-pass option (RPO) plays. These plays give the quarterback the option to handoff, keep it or throw to receiver behind the line of scrimmage or downfield. The precision of this attack was on display last year as Davis struggled to contain the Community Christian attack.
Most important for coach Parker though, is the style of the game that unfolds.
“We have to make sure it’s a rough, physical game,” he explained. “If we can make them play our game, we’ll have a much better chance to beat them.”
To be the best, you have to beat the best and Community Christian is pretty close to that. Earlier this year the Saints hung with 2A’s top-ranked Washington Warriors in a 13-10 defeat. Davis will likely need its best game of the season in this first-round playoff tilt, set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 7 14 0 13 – 34
Frederick 0 0 0 0 – 0
D – Jeston Idleman 19 run. (Tyler Tinsley kick), 7-0
D – Lane Rawls 39 run. (Tinsley kick), 14-0
D – Trey Gammill 16 run. (Tinsley kick), 21-0
D – Rawls 16 run. (kick failed), 27-0
D – Jake Parker 31 run. (Tinsley kick), 34-0
18 First Downs 8
466 Total Offense 99
3/4/0 Comp./att./int. 8/18/0
59-398 Rushes-yds. 25-59
68 Passing Yards 40
1-0 Fumbles-lost 3-1
5-55 Penalties-yds. 3-14
0-0 Punts-avg. 5-30