Davie’s football team found a groove in the third quarter and mounted a furious comeback. Too bad it was a case of too little, too late.
A 45-37 loss to visiting Reagan in the Central Piedmont Conference opener can be traced to a nightmarish first half in which the Raiders bolted to a 35-17 lead. The War Eagles answered Reagan’s 24-0 run with a 20-0 charge that cut the margin to one possession.
But they ran out of magic on their final possession.
“At halftime we talked about we could go through the motions in the second half or we could fight, fight, fight,” Davie coach Devore Holman said. “Boy, we fought hard. We almost got it done. We came up a little short, but I’m proud of every one of them for the effort they put in and fighting to get it back to where we had a chance for the win.”
While Davie fell to 2-4 overall, the Raiders (4-2) beat Davie for the first time in five tries.
“Anytime you beat a team like Davie County, who has such a rich tradition, it says our program is heading in the right direction,” said Reagan coach Josh McGee, whose team was coming off back-to-back two-point losses. “We like to make ‘em interesting. We’re going to make sure they get their five dollars’ worth.”
In the first two-plus quarters, the War Eagles couldn’t do anything with Reagan’s up-tempo, pass-heavy …