The Davis Wolves finished the regular season on Nov. 3 with a 50-8 win at Tishomingo-Mill Creek. Awaiting Davis now is the first round of the Class 2A playoffs and a matchup with Lindsay this Friday at Wolf Field.
The same winning formula that’s worked the past three weeks was once again on display against Tishomingo-Mill Creek. The combination of a strong start and a dominant second half charged Davis in winning its fourth straight.
DHS scored two touchdowns on its first three plays from scrimmage. The Wolves racked up 283 yards of offense on 17 snaps in the first half and scored on four of their first five possessions.
“We came out really fast again, started fast and were ready to play,” Davis head coach Greg Parker said. “I was proud of that.”
The Wolves completed the 2A-4 district race in second with a 6-1 record. Davis is 8-2 overall. Tishomingo-Mill Creek ends its season at 4-6 and 2-5 in the league.
Junior Brenden Rawls rambled 64 yards for a touchdown on the game’s second play. Levi Pullen kicked the extra point, and the lead was quickly 7-0.
Davis struck again less than a minute later. The Indians went three-and-out then senior Seth Knapp raced 73 yards to paydirt on first down. Pullen’s point-after gave the Wolves a 14-0 margin with 10:18 still in the first.
Davis then hit a stretch where it allowed three long-sustaining drives, the last resulting in a score. The Indians gained 181 yards during that time, held possession for 14:26 and earned 12 first downs.
On the ensuing series, Tishomingo-Mill Creek drove 63 yards in 11 plays. The drive stalled on a 4th-and-goal at the four on an incomplete pass.
After forcing Davis into its only punt, the Indians followed with another 10-play, 42-yard drive to the Wolves’ 12. Davis was penalized twice for 15-yard penalties. The defense tightened again and held on a 4th-and-10.
“I think we had a little bit of a letdown,” Parker admitted. “We just weren’t quite as sharp. We didn’t tackle as well. We didn’t block as well.”
The Wolves responded with their longest possession of the first half. Davis marched 88 yards in 11 plays. Rawls ran for 28 yards to the Indians’ 28 and Dax Owens rushed for 15 yards to the 13.
Junior Dee Idleman capped it off with a four-yard touchdown run with 5:45 in the second. Pullen’s PAT pushed the lead to 21-0.
Tishomingo-Mill Creek avoided the shutout with its only score on the next possession. The Indians built a 14-play, 76-yard drive that took 5:23 of the second period.
Davis was flagged for another 15-yarder. Cruiz Martinez finished the series with a two-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds before halftime. He caught a conversion pass from Terry Briscoe and the lead was 21-8.
“I didn’t think the second quarter was our very best,” Parker said. “We just didn’t execute very well.”
What momentum the Indians had was soon taken away. Trey Melton returned the kickoff 17 yards to the Tishomingo-Mill Creek 48.
Owens then hooked up with Dakota Carter for a touchdown strike with seven seconds left. Pullen booted the extra point for the 28-8 cushion at halftime.
The Indians recorded 141 total yards in the first half. It was a different story following intermission. The Davis defense held them to 22 yards rushing and 56 yards total.
Meanwhile, the Wolves’ offense continued to roll in the second half. Davis scored on all three of its possessions and had 200 yards.
The starters worked the first two series and produced 131 yards rushing and two scores. Tyson Moss posted the first of his two touchdowns with 4:19 in the third on a 13-yard run. Pullen added the PAT, and the lead was 35-8.
Moss scored again in the next series. His nine-yard run and Pullen’s kick with seven seconds in the third extended the lead to 35-8.
“We got back and did some good stuff,” Parker said. “I thought in the third quarter we were really good. They came out ready to play. We needed the practice to get ready.”
The game’s final score was special for the Wolves. Davis drove 69 yards in 11 plays with senior Ethan May scoring on a two-yard plunge with 1:16 in the game.
May suffered a serious leg injury in the second scrimmage at Marlow and was making his first time on the field since the seventh grade.
“Ethan did everything he could to get back” Parker said. “It’s nice to see him come out there and play. That’s what the kids want. They want to play.”
This Friday’s game with Lindsay marks the Wolves’ 52nd playoff appearance. Davis holds a 108-44-1 postseason record. It is also the 11th time DHS has entered as a two-seed.
Lindsay, 7-3 overall, finished third in 2A-3 at 5-2. The Leopards are in the playoffs for the 46th time and hold an 11-5-1 series advantage over Davis.
“They’re a very quality football team,” Parker said. “They’re big and strong and physical. They’re coming out of the best district in our class and it’s going to be a good football game. It’s a good matchup for both of us and is going to be a very competitive game.”
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 14 14 14 8 – 50
Tish-MC 0 8 0 0 – 8
D- Rawls 64 run (Pullen kick)
D- Knapp 73 run (Pullen kick)
D- Idleman 4 run (Pullen Kick)
TMC- Martinez 2 run (conv. good)
D- Carter 48 pass from Owens (Pullen kick)
D- Moss 13 run (Pullen kick)
D- Moss 9 run (Pullen kick)
D- May 3 run (conv. good)
15 First Downs 16
483 Total Yds.197
38-421 Rushes-yds. 33-95
3-6-0-62 Passing-yds. 10-23-0-102
0 Turnovers 1
5-57 Penalties 2-10
23:54 Time of Poss. 24:06
Rushing- Brenden Rawls 11-179, Seth Knapp 3-71, Tyson Moss 5-48, Maverick Alexander 4-34, Dee Idleman 5-30, Dax Owens 4-23, Jaxon Wright 2-16, Trey Melton 2-12 and Ethan May 2-8.
Passing- Owens 3-6-0-62.
Receiving- Dakota Carter 1-48, Braxdyn Griffin 1-14 and Spencer Clinton 1-0.
Tyson Moss goes in for a touchdown at Tishomingo during last week’s win. He had a 4:19 in the third on a 13-yard run. Moss scored two touchdowns helping the Wolves win 50-8.
19 IS ALIVE. Braxdyn Griffin carried the ball and picked up some yards for Davis Friday night against Tishomingo-Mill Creek in offensive play.
Junior Brenden Rawls blazed a 64 yard trail for a touchdown in Friday night’s game against Tishomingo. The first round of the play-offs is at 7 p.m. Veterans get in the game free of charge.
SENIOR BACK IN ACTION. Ethan May played for the first time since being injured early in the season. Davis drove 69 yards in 11 plays with May scoring on a two-yard plunge with 1:16 in the game. Playoff starts Friday at Wolf Field at 7 p.m. (Photo by Elissa Hefley)