Page beats Davie 32-22
MOCKSVILLE — Davie’s offense showed promise in the first half, scoring three touchdowns in a span of six minutes as the War Eagles carried a 22-21 lead into the half.
Unfortunately for the War Eagles, the visiting Page Pirates regrouped at recess, controlled the second half and spoiled Devore Holman’s head-coaching debut last night, 32-22.
In the first half, Davie put up eight first downs, 137 rushing yards and 86 passing yards. The second half, though, was a different story. Davie managed two first downs, 20 rushing yards and 49 total yards.
“They’ve got a big offensive line, they’ve got a good running back (Cade Carney) and they’ve got a quarterback (Parker Correll) that runs the ball hard,” said Page coach Kevin Gillespie, who improved to 65-27 in his eighth year. “They were trading the tight end (in the first half). That’s something we hadn’t seen on film. We also did some things offensively that they hadn’t seen on film, so they had to adjust, too.
“In the second half, our adjustment was to play man. So if your man goes over, then you go with him. What they were wanting to do was outnumber us and outflank us, and we had guys over there (in the second half). Our defense was lights out in the second half.”
With Davie off to a slow start, defensive linemen Austin Gunter and T.J. Freidt provided a lift. Gunter hit Page quarterback Dominick Britt as he threw and Freidt intercepted to give Davie the ball at Page’s 41. Carney and Cameron Coleman covered that distance in three plays as Davie tied the game at 7.
“That goes to show you what happens when you are swarming to the ball,” Holman said of Freidt’s pick.
Page’s punter had to field a low snap and his knee touched down at the Page 4, setting up a Carney TD and a 13-7 Davie lead. The lead lasted all of 28 seconds, as Page’s Jalen Gavin rumbled 72 yards to give Page a 14-13 lead.
A.J. Capel’s 20-yard scamper pushed Page’s lead to 21-13, but Davie answered three plays later. Out of the wildcat formation, Carney connected with Seth Dunn for a 72-yard TD. Dunn caught the seam route at the Davie 45. To say he was wide open would be an understatement. Jonn Young’s 25-yard field goal gave Davie the 22-21 halftime lead.
“It’s something we hadn’t shown in our scrimmages,” Holman said of the wildcat. “So that went well. We’ve just got to pick and choose when we want to get in that package.”
The 72-yard strike was Carney’s only pass attempt of the game.
“The safeties had been biting up because we were running the jet sweep out of (the wildcat),” Holman said. “We let those safeties start drawing up and coach (Todd Bumgarner) called go. They looked like two ships passing in the night.”
Gavin’s 17-yard run capped a nine-play, 66-yard drive that produced a 29-22 lead for Page.
The War Eagles’ hopes for a game-tying drive were doomed when a gamble failed. On fourth-and-17 from the Davie 13, punter Young acted as if the ball had been snapped over his head. The snap went to Carney, but he was stopped after a gain of 6 and Page took over at the Davie 19. Harrison Kiser’s 19-yard field goal gave Page a two-possession lead, 32-22, with 6:30 remaining.
“The guy on the edge had been coming up the field,” Holman said. “So I felt like I needed to have enough guts right there to make a call. I don’t second-guess myself about making that call. At that particular time, he did not get up field, so that ruined that play.”
Carney, who went over 100 yards 11 times in 13 tries as a freshman, was held to 93 yards on 20 carries.
“Cade is not a surprise to anybody anymore,” Holman said. “Our scheme is there. We’ve just got to execute our scheme. Our effort was there. Our guys played hard. If you’ve got that, you’ve got a chance. And we had a chance.”