Flying High: Davie Has Best Start In Six Years

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 11, 2012

By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record

WINSTON-SALEM – Cade Carney – perhaps you’ve heard of this youngster – broke the record for rushing yards through seven games. Senior Devon Parks grabbed a share of the spotlight by scoring four touchdowns in three different ways. The defense did its part, too, in the Davie football team’s 46-6 body-slam of host Reynolds on Friday.
The War Eagles were simply awesome in the Central Piedmont Conference opener, improving to 6-1 in the best start since the ‘06 team opened 6-1. Davie has won five straight, outscoring opponents 132-26 during the run. Reynolds fell to 4-3.
Parks, a senior defensive back and kicker returner who also serves as backup running back, had a monster game. He scored on two runs, a punt return and an interception return, and afterward he acted like it was all nothing.
“I said I was going to make a statement tonight, and I did,” he said. “I just don’t want to brag.”
Reynolds punted on its first possession, and Parks misjudged the ball. He missed on an over-the-shoulder attempt, but calmly picked it up and darted down the right sideline 80 yards for a 7-0 lead. Kyle Bullins and Brandon Armstrong supplied downfield blocks that ensured Parks would reach the end zone.
“They practice it and when they get the opportunity to do it, it’s like Christmas has come,” Illing said of the blocks.
The fun was just beginning for Parks.
A Reynolds running back tried to get outside, but Parks spilled him for a 4-yard loss. Parks’ 11-yard run – one play after Carney barrelled for 46 – pushed the margin to 19-0 at halftime.
After Carney picked up 20 yards from the quarterback position, Parks sped 27 yards, getting a downfield block from Jae-Re Peebles, as the lead grew to 27-0 early in the third.
Parks wasn’t quite finished. With 4:40 left, he picked off Bailey Tyner and returned the interception 79 yards to make it 46-0.
“Well, that’s the athlete we think he can be,” coach Doug Illing said. “We try to use him everywhere we can, and he’s living up to every expectation we have of him …