FULL STEAM AHEAD. The Wolves are headed into the first round of the playoffs with the same intensity Mitchell Garrison Jr. busts through the run-through each week. This week’s home game against Frederick begins at 7 p.m. on Friday. (Photo by Elissa Hefley)
By Jeff Mapes
The Davis Wolves added the finishing touches to an undefeated district season Nov. 3 beating Tishomingo 48-12 at Wolf Field on Senior Night.
The Wolves built a large lead by halftime and again played many reserves in the second half. Davis posted touchdowns in all three phases of the game.
The Wolves recorded 328 total yards in the first half, scored on their first five possessions and raced out to a 34-0 lead.
“We started fast again,” said Davis head coach Greg Parker. “Played solid in all the phases. In all three we had one penalty. We didn’t have any turnovers and we tackled well.”
The Wolves, now 9-1 overall, claimed the District 2A-4 championship outright with a 7-0 record.
“It’s a big deal to the kids,” Coach Parker said of the title. “You want to win your schedule and we did. They were the best team in our district and that’s nothing to take lightly. We’re proud of how our kids went out and earned that.”
Davis turns its attention to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Class 2A State Football Playoffs. The Wolves will host the first round this Friday against Frederick.
“Our kids are excited and they’re going to prepare well,” Coach Parker said of his Wolves. “If you prepare well and play as hard as you can, you take it out there and lay it all on the line and get what you can get.”
Davis drove 60 yards in three plays on its first series against Tishomingo. Jake Parker started with a 49-yard run to the Indians 11.
Lane Rawls ran for nine yards then scored on a two-yard run with 8:54 in the first quarter. Levi Pullen added the extra point and Davis led 7-0.
The Wolves’ defense contributed to the onslaught on Tishomingo’s second possession. Spencer Clinton intercepted Hudson Alexander’s pass at the 24 and returned it for a pick-six. Pullen kicked the extra point and Davis led 14-0 with 7:32 in the first.
The Wolves marched 70 yards in six plays on their third series. Lane Rawls ran for nine yards to the Davis 47 then Malaki White ran for 18 yards to the Tish 35.
Following a five-yard run by Luke Linville, Jake Parker scored on a 30-yard run with 14 seconds still in the first. Pullen missed his only extra point on the night and Davis led 20-0.
Jake Parker led the Wolves with 131 yards rushing and one score on four carries.
The scoring spree continued the Wolves’ next possession. Davis drove 80 yards in three plays.
Brenden Rawls ran for 11 yards to the 31, then Jake Parker ran for 38 to the Indians 31.
Jake Parker hit senior Seth Knapp on the next play for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 7:57 in the second quarter. Pullen kicked the extra point, and the Wolves enjoyed a 27-0 margin.
Tishomingo fumbled on the ensuing kickoff. Pullen caught the loose ball in midair, setting Davis up for its next score at the Indians 46.
The Wolves marched 46 yards in four plays. Jake Parker ran for 14 yards to the Tish 35.
Tye Barnett ran for four yards then Knapp scampered for a 31-yard touchdown run with 5:59 remaining in the second quarter. Davis led 34-0 following Pullen’s extra point.
Tishomingo’s only score of the first half came on its next possession. The Indians drove 71 yards in 11 plays.
Hudson Alexander went 4-7 for 76 yards on the drive. He hit Justin Parham on a 25-yard pass at the Wolves 49 and later connected with Baler Parish on a 23-yard completion at the Davis 30.
Hudson Alexander connected with Parham for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:41 before halftime. Tishomingo failed on the conversion pass and Davis led 34-6.
The Wolves quickly regained their 35-point advantage scoring on the first play of the next series. Linville, relieving Jake Parker at quarterback, scored on a 65-yard run with 1:28 before the break. Pullen kicked the extra point.
By intermission, the Wolves had amassed four rushing touchdowns and 297 yards on 17 carries.
Brenden Rawls fielded the following kickoff, giving Davis possession at the Tish 33 with 1:26 in the second. The Wolves chose to run out the clock and led 41-6 at halftime.
Davis used five reserved backs in the second half and rushed for 44 yards. For the game, Maverick Alexander had 28 yards on seven carries while Dee Idleman gained 21 yards on four rushes.
Jaxson Bonner and Rance Digby combined for nine yards on four carries. Gage Coppenbarger played at quarterback.
“We got a lot of young guys in there,” Coach Parker said. “We saw a lot of really good stuff. Get to evaluate those guys and see them getting better. We got to coach them in a game situation.”
Tishomingo’s best drive of the night came on its second series in the second half. The Indians marched 81 yards in 13 plays and used 7:11 of a continuous clock.
Terry Briscoe had five carries for 44 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run with 7:30 in the fourth quarter. Davis denied the conversion attempt and led 41-12.
The Wolves scored on special teams as well. Following the Indians score, Dakota Carter raced down the home sidelines for a 96-yard kickoff return. Pullen’s extra point handed Davis the 48-12 final.
It’s really hard to practice kickoff returns,” Coach Parker said. “It’s an important part. It sets up field position. That team’s getting better too.”
Frederick enters Friday’s game as the fourth seed from District 2A-3. The Bombers 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the district.
“They are extremely talented,” Coach Parker said of Frederick. “They’re scary. They’re well coached as always. It’ll be a challenge. It’s not a normal one-versus-four matchup.”
Friday’s game marks the sixth meeting between the Wolves and Bombers. Davis leads the series 3-2.
The two teams were in the same district the past two seasons. The Wolves won 29-21 in 2020 and 34-0 at Frederick a year ago.
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 20 21 0 7 – 48
Tishomingo 0 6 0 6 – 12
D- L. Rawls 2 run (Pullen kick)
D- Clinton 24 int. return (Pullen kick)
D- J. Parker 30 run (kick failed)
D- Knapp 31 pass from J. Parker (Pullen kick)
D- Knapp 31 run (Pullen kick)
T- Parham 19 pass from Alexander (conv. failed)
D- Linville 65 run (Pullen kick)
T- Briscoe 1 run (conv. failed)
D- Carter 96 kickoff return (Pullen kick)
9 First Downs 13
372 Total Yds 222
18:27 Time of Poss 29:33
31-341 Rushes-yds. 41-120
1/2/0-31 Passing Yards7/14/1-102
0 Turnovers 3
1-5 Penalties-yds. 3-15
Rushing- Jake Parker 4-131 1TD, Luke Linville 3-73 1TD, Seth Knapp 2-28 1TD, Maverick Alexander 7-28, Dee Idleman 4-21, Lane Rawls 3-20 1TD, Malaki White 1-18, Brenden Rawls 1-11, Rance Digby 2-5, Tye Barnett 1-4, Jaxson Bonner 2-4, Gage Coppenbarger 1-(-2).
Passing- J. Parker 1/2/0-31 1TD
Receiving- Knapp 1-31 1TD
THE WOLVES ARE COMING FOR Frederick. After winning 48-12 against Tishomingo, the Wolves are ready for the Frederick Bombers in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night. The game starts at 7 p.m. All veterans and a guest will not be charged an admission fee to the game. (Photo by Elissa Hefley)