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Wolves Pound Panthers in First Game of Season

By Jeff Mapes
The Davis Wolves used their methodical, time-consuming offense Sept. 2 at Pauls Valley to churn out a 28-14 win over the Panthers in the season opener.
The Wolves amassed 377 yards rushing while scoring touchdowns on four of their six possessions.
“We just have a bunch of Davis kids who won’t quit,” Wolves head coach Greg Parker said. “We played hard and I’m really proud of them.”
Parker and his staff charted 84 offensive plays for the Wolves and 34 for Pauls Valley.
“You’re not going to lose many games when you can double your opponents in plays like that,” Coach Parker said. “We kept the ball away from a very talented team.”
Davis owned the Time of Possession stat in the game. The Wolves were on offense for 33 minutes, compared to Pauls Valley who had the ball for just under 15 minutes.
Davis never punted on the night and were 5-5 on fourth-down conversions.
The Wolves were just as stout on defense. Last week at Lindsay, the Panthers posted 338 yards offense. Against Davis, Pauls Valley was limited to 149 yards, including 90 on the ground.
“They’ve got a good quarterback and they’ve got some great skilled players,” Coach Parker said of Pauls Valley. “But our kids kept playing and we got better. We had a lot of kids step up.”
It seemed as if fans were in for a shootout when the game began. Each team scored on their first two possessions.
Pauls Valley opted to go on offense to start the game. The Panthers took the opening kickoff and marched 53 yards in eight plays.
Panther quarterback Justin Humphrey completed two 11-yard passes and scored with 8:47 in the first quarter on a one-yard quarterback sneak. The extra-point gave Pauls Valley an early 7-0 lead.
The Wolves answered on their first drive. Davis kept it all on the ground, using a combination of the flex and wishbone to produce runs both inside and out on the option.
Malaki White capped off the 12-play, 68-yard drive on fourth-and-four with 2:42 in the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run. Jake Parker kicked the extra-point and tied the game at 7-7.
Pauls Valley regained the lead at 14-7 on its next possession. Humphrey was involved in five of the drive’s six plays. He had two carries for 14 yards and completed two passes, the second an 18-yard toss to the Wolves’ nine-yard line.
Humphrey scored his second touchdown of the night on the first play of the second quarter, a seven-yard scamper.
For the night, Humphrey was 6-13 for 59 yards passing and one interception. He ran for 46 yards and two scores on 10 carries.
“The quarterback is phenomenal,” Coach Parker said of Humphrey. “They are well coached and they’re going to win some games. We were very patient.”
From that score on, the Panthers ran 21 more plays and earned 90 yards against the Wolves’ stingy defense.
“They showed us some different forms and sets in the backfield,” Coach Parker said. “Not your conventional sets and we were having trouble covering receivers. We just let it play out until halftime and I told the kids at half to no matter what happens in the second half, just empty your tank.”
“Our kids would not panic,” Coach Parker continued. “They played each snap and would not worry about the last play.”
Davis responded again with another game-tying touchdown midway through the second quarter. It took the Wolves 10 plays and 4:54 to go 71 yards for the score.
Jake Parker converted a fourth-and-one at the Pauls Valley 45 on a three-yard run. He completed his first pass attempt on the next play to Luke Linville for 27 yards to the Panther 18.
One play later, White scored his second touchdown on a 17-yard run with 6:58 left before halftime. Jake Parker added the extra-point, and the score was tied 14-14.
White ran for 79 yards and two scores on eight carries in the first half. He finished as the Wolves’ leading rusher with 104 yards on nine carries.
The Wolves made their first defensive stop on Pauls Valley’s next possession. Seth Knapp batted down Humphrey’s pass on fourth-and-three at the Davis 45 with 4:07 remaining.
Davis took over and drove 56 yards for its first lead of the game. Once again, positive yardage from both formations allowed the Wolves to keep the drive alive.
Jake Parker hit Linville again for nine yards to the Pauls Valley 13. Brenden Rawls picked up a first down on fourth-and-five at the six with a seven-yard run.
Jake Parker scored his first of two touchdowns with 15 seconds left on a six-yard run. His extra point put Davis in front for good at 21-14.
Humphrey and the Panthers did make it interesting in the final 15 seconds of the half. He threw a 22-yard completion to the Wolves’ 33.
On the next play, Knapp batted down his second pass at the goal line to preserve Davis’s seven-point halftime lead.
The first half was played cleanly by both teams. Pauls Valley had one penalty for five yards. The Wolves were flagged three times for 16 yards.
The second half, however, was a different story. The two squads combined for 16 penalties, including eight by the Wolves.
“It got sloppy,” Coach Parker said. “We got tired and started doing a little more grabbing. We definitely need to improve on that. We want to play fast and rough-and-tough, but I thought we let our tired get in the way of our thinking.”
Davis took the second-half kickoff and consumed the first 7:08 of the third quarter. The Wolves drove 68 yards to the Panther one-yard line despite committing four penalties.
Davis began the drive at its 32 but were moved back to the 10 on consecutive 15-yard penalties.
Pauls Valley helped the Wolves on a third-and-32 from the 10 with a pass interference call. Sophomore Trey Melton then ran 17 yards on a reverse to the 42.
Jake Parker ran for a yard on fourth-and one at the 43. Following a holding penalty, fullback Lane Rawls ran for 12 yards to the Panther 49.
Davis continued to march to the Pauls Valley 15. Rawls committed the Wolves’ only turnover with 4:52 in the third, fumbling at the one-yard line.
The Wolves’ defense posted another stop on the Panthers’ ensuing possession. Humphrey broke free on his longest gain of the night but was tripped up by Knapp at the 35 after a 31-yard gain.
Junior Mason Tomlinson tackled Humphrey for a five-yard loss at the 30 and Spencer Clinton forced a punt with 29 seconds left in the third with his sack at the 35.
Davis scored its insurance touchdown on the next drive, going 80 yards in 5:05. Brenden Rawls opened with a 24-yard to the 44.
Following a lengthy pair of plays marred with penalties, Lane Rawls ran for 13 yards to the Panther 23. White set up the score with his only run of the second half. He ran for 25 yards to the Pauls Valley 5.
Jake Parker scored his second touchdown with 7:24 remaining in the game on a three-yard run. Davis led 28-14 following his extra point.
Jake Parker had 77 yards and two scores on 24 carries. Lane Rawls rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries while Brenden Rawls ran for 70 yards on 11 carries.
Knapp intercepted Humphrey’s last pass attempt with 5:49 left in the game. Davis ran out the clock and converted on a fourth-and-one at the Panther 29 to preserve the win.
“Seth has played more in the defensive backfield than anybody else,” Coach Parker said. “He’s the most experienced in our secondary and he’s one of our leaders. He came through big for us tonight.”
“Our starters were cramping and would come out,” Coach Parker continued. “We had guys like Melton and Tyson Moss, Rance Digby, Hunter Toops and Wyatt Fielding who gave great minutes and played hard. We were able to substitute these guys and still stop a high-powered offense. That was huge for us and I’m really proud of those guys.”
Davis, now 1-0, will remain on the road this Friday when it visits rival Sulphur for Murray County Bedlam. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Agee Field.
Game Summary
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 7 14 0 7 – 28
Pauls Valley 7 7 0 0 – 14
Scoring Summary
D – Lane Rawls 1 run. (Run failed), 6-0
D – Tuff Hammons 2 run. (Pass failed), 12-0
P – Justin Humphrey 99 run. (Juan Amaya kick), 12-6
Team Stats
Davis Pauls Valley
22 First Downs 11
414 Total Yds 149
33:03 Time of Poss 14:57
66-377 Rushes-yds. 20-90
2-6-37 Passing Yards 6-13-59-1Int
1 Turnovers 1
11-110 Penalties-yds. 6-60
Rushing-Malaki White 9-104, 2 TD; Jake Parker 24-77, 2 TD; Lane Rawls 15-76; Brenden Rawls 11-70; Luke Linville 4-23; Trey Melton 1-17; Rance Digby 1-4.
Passing-Jake Parker 2-6-37
Receiving-Luke Linville 2-37

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