War Eagles exorcise Demons on Halloween
By Brian Pitts
The Davie County Enterprise-Record
MOCKSVILLE — Davie County made quick work of visiting R.J. Reynolds on Friday. The War Eagles scored seven first-half touchdowns and coasted to a 49-7 win.
Everything went according to plan for the War Eagles, who improved to 6-4 and 2-3 in the Central Piedmont Conference, while Reynolds fell to 1-9, 1-3. It was Davie’s second easy win in as many weeks. But a major test is coming next week at Mount Tabor, a longtime nemesis.
“I’m happy but we’ve got to be quick forgetters because we’re going to face a real good team next week,” coach Devore Holman said. “They were banged up (earlier in the year), and I think they had a couple guys that were suspended. I think they’ve got those guys back and they’re healthy. So we’ve got to prepare as hard as we’ve ever prepared.”
Before a second half in which the clock ran continuously and neither team scored, the War Eagles were flawless. They pounded out 15 first downs and 432 yards in the first half. They averaged 16 yards per play on the way to a 49-7 halftime lead.
In the first half, junior Cade Carney ran for 124 yards, including a 91-yard TD, as he hit the century mark for the 20th time in his career. Parker Correll averaged 16 yards on four carries to go with 7-of-9 passing for 125 yards and three TDs. Cameron Coleman added 64 yards on four runs as Davie County converted the only third down it faced in the half.
When Correll, who threw multiple TDs for the 16th time in his career, connected with Ben Ellis for a 38-yard score. Ellis broke the school record for receiving yards in a season. He came in needing seven yards to top Joe Watson (1,085 in ‘10).
“We went with the same mindset (from the Parkland game) of being 21 points down at the beginning of the game and playing with a sense of urgency,” Holman said. “Offensively, coach (Todd) Bumgarner wanted to get on them early and often, especially with the rain coming in.”
The second half zipped by as the clock stopped once for an injury. Reynolds had one first down and 35 yards on 15 second-half plays. Davie County had no first downs and 11 yards on 14 plays.
The intensity rises several notches next week, when Davie tries to end a two-game losing streak to Mount Tabor and improve its chances of a playoff berth.
“I’d like to think we are (locked in the playoffs), but we’ll just have to see,” Holman said. “I’d like to think 6-5 would get us in, but crazy things can happen in brackets. So we want to make no bones about it. We’ve got a job to do at Mount Tabor.”