Davie County falls at home to Glenn, 21-16
By Brian Pitts
For the Salisbury Post
MOCKSVILLE — Davie County’s unforgettable win over West Forsyth last week was followed by a huge bummer here Friday night — a 21-16 loss to Glenn.
The War Eagles, who were alone in first place, found out about the perils of the unforgiving Central Piedmont Conference. It’s anybody’s guess who is going to emerge atop this wild and wacky league. There is a four-way tie for first — Davie (5-4 overall), Glenn (6-3), Reagan and West Forsyth are all 2-1 — with two weeks to go.
The War Eagles’ robust offense was averaging 36 points per game, but it ran into a defense that hits like thunder. The Bobcats parlayed their lights-out defense with ball-control excellence, controlling the clock all night, while running 42 of the game’s first 59 plays.
“They tackled really well in open space,” coach Tim Devericks said. “They made us throw underneath, and they were coming up and making great tackles.”
The Bobcats set the tone at the beginning, driving 70 yards and mixing six completions with seven rushing attempts. They converted three third downs and a fourth down along the way. Nearly half the first quarter was over when Glenn went ahead, 7-0.
Davie’s punt team thought it had a turnover in the second quarter. A Beaven Arey punt appeared to bounced off a Bobcat, but officials ruled it did not. Glenn took advantage of the break, driving 60 yards in nine plays, taking a 14-0 lead. Glenn was so efficient it only faced one third down on the drive.
“They want to control the tempo,” Devericks said. “The mentality of the game was not in our favor.”
A short kickoff, followed by a pair of 15-yard penalties on Glenn, teed up Davie’s offense at the Glenn 27. On fourth-and-goal from the 2, running back Tate Carney took a direct snap and slipped through a mass of bodies as Davie pulled to within 14-7.
Three of the next nine plays resulted in interceptions, including two from Davie defenders (Justus Tatum and Justice Redmon). Redmon’s first of two picks on the night gave Davie possession at its own 21. With only 42 seconds left in the half, a scoring drive seemed unlikely.
But quarterback Nate Hampton orchestrated a beautiful hurry-up drive. After managing only 55 passing yards on Davie’s first six possessions, he went 6-of-6 for 56 yards in a span of 40 seconds.
Receiver Evan Little reeled in a 12-yarder and got out of bounds at :02. Then Willy Moure split the uprights from 40 yards on the final play of the half, to cut Davie’s deficit to 14-10.
Davie’s offense, though, could not string anything together in the second half. After the Bobcats forced a punt on the first series of the third quarter, they moved 86 yards in 11 plays, overcame Avery Taylor’s sack, only faced one third down and scored on Antonio Gray’s lone rushing attempt of the game — a 21-yard run on an inside reverse. Glenn had a 21-10 lead with 5:33 left in the third.
Glenn continued its chokehold on Davie’s offense. Davie’s next four possessions went turnover on downs, punt, turnover on downs, interception.
“The strength of their team is their defense,” Devericks said. “They’ve got people who fly around, and they play to their strength.”
Late in the game, Glenn decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from its own 40. Davie stuffed the inside run and had a glimmer of hope with five minutes left. A third-down pass to Jack Reynolds resulted in 18 yards to the Glenn 6-yard line. Hampton scored on a 3-yard keeper with 2:48 to go. A two-point pass fell incomplete and Davie trailed, 21-16.
The War Eagles desperately needed to recover the ensuing onside kick. It didn’t happen, however, and Glenn’s offense forced Devericks to burn his timeouts and then punted. The 34-yard punt to the Davie 4-yard line doomed Davie’s miracle hopes.
The Bobcats churned out 21 first downs and 305 yards while converting 8-of-17 third downs.
Junior Monterious Godfrey did the heavy lifting with 32 carries for 144 yards. Sophomore quarterback Camden Coleman kept Davie’s defense honest by completing 20-of-35 passes for 132 yards.
The War Eagles picked up 19 first downs, but were held to 315 yards, as they failed on 10-of-15 third-down tries. Hampton went 31-of-51 for 233 yards, but the offense bore scant resemblance to earlier performances.
Davie averaged just 4.5 yards per pass attempt and 7.5 yards per completion. It scored on three of 14 possessions after scoring on six of eight the week before.
NOTES: Both teams had three turnovers. … Davie is 0-3 in the all-time series. … Moure is 5-of-6 on field goals, including 3-of-4 from 40-plus yards. … Although it was small consolation, Hampton broke the Davie record for completions in a game for the second week in a row. … Redmon has three picks in two weeks. … After his phenomenal 15-catch, 180-yard game at West Forsyth, Glenn held Reynolds to 43 yards on seven receptions. … Carney paced Davie in rushing yards (57) and receiving yards (79).