Livingstone-Davidson football preview

Published 8:39 pm Friday, September 16, 2016

LIVINGSTONE (1-1) at DAVIDSON (1-1)

Richardson Stadium — Today, 7 p.m.

Radio: WHIP (Mooresville). Audio and video: Available on www.DavidsonWildcats.com

   COACHES: Livingstone — Daryl Williams’ record is 14-17 in his fourth season. Davidson — Paul Nichols is also in his fourth season and there have only been four wins thus far.

   LAST WEEK: Livingstone defeated Edward Waters (Fla.), 31-28, in the home opener at Alumni Memorial Stadium. Davidson won at Kentucky Wesleyan, 35-21, on the road in Owensboro, Ky. The Wildcats lost their opener on Sept. 3, at Georgetown, 38-14.

SERIES: First time ever the two schools have met in football.

  WORTH MENTIONING: Nichols revamped his coaching staff during the offseason, bringing in seven new assistants. Davidson hopes to open a season 2-1 for the first time since 2011.

   WATCH FOR: Livingstone: Red-shirt freshman QB Thaddeus Bell gets his second start and should be getting more comfortable. He’s completed a little over 50% of his passes (24-for-44) for 246 yards…. Junior RB Jarius Richardson had a big day last week, rushing for 150 yards and 3 TDs. Leading receiver Everett Ransom will try to add to his team-leading 13 catches. Senior linebacker DeMarcus Nolan is averaging 11 tackles per game.

Williams said that the Blue Bears need to continue to improve, even though they played better in the second week.

“We’ve had six turnovers in two ball games, so that’s got to improve,” said Williams. “We got the penalties down and now, we’ve got to get the turnovers down. It’s a process. As much as we’re handling the ball, we’ve got to tighten up on that and that’s my responsibility — to get those turnovers down.”

With that said, Williams added that whether his team is playing a Division I opponent or not, it needs to stay focused on itself.

“We’ve still got to play the game,” Williams said. “It’s like I tell our guys every week — we know another team is going to show up, but I’m more concerned with our team. We need to make sure that we do what we’re supposed to do on a consistent basis — stepping right, tackling and making sure that everybody has their calls and each player having an assessment of themselves. Our biggest thing is playing more consistent.”

Davidson: Starting QB Taylor Mitchell, a junior, completed 8-of-16 for 125 yards and 2 TDs in last week’s win.

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