Settling For 2nd: North Davidson Wins Big Bout For Top Seed

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 26, 2012

By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record

The game can be uplifting. Davie’s football team hammered Mt. Tabor and Reagan in must-win situations to put itself in position to play for the Central Piedmont Conference’s No. 1 seed.
And the game can be humbling.
Davie and North Davidson met Friday with the coveted top seed on the line. It had the buzz of a heavyweight bout. An overflow, high-energy crowd jammed into War Eagle Stadium.
But War Eagles showed only flashes of their A game. The Black Knights were at peak form most of the night, winning 34-24 on Davie’s Senior Night and showing why they’re 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the CPC. Davie (8-3, 3-2) settled for the No. 2 seed. Davie and Reagan tied at 3-2, but Davie got the tiebreaker via the head-to-head matchup.
“We didn’t make enough plays and they did,” Davie coach Doug Illing said.
North wrote the perfect ending to its dream regular season. The Black Knights, who had lost nine of 11 to Davie, won the CPC outright for the first time ever. The last time they got a piece of the title was ‘01, when they tied Davie and South Rowan at the top.
“This is awesome,” North coach Mark Holcomb told The Dispatch. “And against a very good team, a well-coached team. And they play hard.”
The first half was a fireworks display. Davie botched a handoff on the game’s third snap, and Hunter Hoots scooped and scored from the Davie 5 as North seized the early momentum. That was the first of eight scoring plays in the opening 24 minutes …