Davie to face Reynolds on homecoming

Published 9:44 am Thursday, September 24, 2015

The average score of the past five meetings between Davie and Reynolds has been 42-8 in favor of the War Eagles. Friday’s matchup at War Eagle Stadium on Homecoming will not likely be a walk in the park for Davie. For Reynolds is much improved from recent years.

Last week Davie (2-3) continued to revitalize its season with a second straight win. The Demons, who went 1-10 in 2013 and 2014, are 3-2. They already have the most wins in three years.

This is the Central Piedmont Conference opener for both teams.

“They’ve got a new head coach and I’m very interested to see them on film to see what they’re doing,” coach Devore Holman said. “They’ve always been an option team; I understand they may be in the spread now. They’ve always had athletes, so when you put those athletes in space … I’m sure they’re happy and making progress.”

Here’s a game-by-game look at Reynolds’ first five games:

• Reynolds 21, Southwest Guilford 20 – After only beating Parkland in 2013 and 2014 and losing 27 of 30, the Demons pulled out a game that was tied at 14 at the end of the third quarter. … Quarterback Jake Lang led the way with two rushing TDs. … The difference in the end was a missed extra point by SWG.

• East Forsyth 49, Reynolds 0 – Reynolds trailed 42-0 at halftime to the unbeaten Eagles. It only mustered 21 yards, had two first downs and advanced past midfield once.

• Reynolds 41, Walkertown 38 – Lang threw a TD, ran for three TDs and scored the clincher on a 12-yard run with 1:35 remaining. … Running back Marcus Adams of the Wolfpack, who fell to 1-2, had 36 carries for an astonishing 242 yards. … After charging to a 17-0 lead, Reynolds watched Walkertown storm back for a 24-17 lead. … Lang’s 48-yard TD to Marvin Lee tied it at 24. … Walkertown led 38-34 before Lang’s game-winning TD capped a 75-yard drive.

• Reynolds 14, Southern Alamance 13 (overtime) – Reynolds led 7-0 at the half – thanks to a 52-yard pass from Lang to Chris Curry – but it was 7-7 at the end of regulation. … In overtime, Southern Alamance (1-3) scored a TD but missed the PAT. Lee’s nine-yard run and Kellan Bodenheimer’s PAT gave Reynolds the victory.

• Glenn 42, Reynolds 7 – Glenn carved up Reynolds to halt the Demons’ uprising under a new coach.

Davie hasn’t lost to Reynolds since 2009 to build a 19-13 series lead. The scores the last five years were all Davie blowouts by 25-plus points: 34-0 in 2010, 43-13 in 2011, 46-6 in 2012, 38-13 in 2013 and 49-7 in 2014. Last year’s game was 49-7 at the half, and the score did not change during a running clock in the second half. Lang went five of 13 for 56 passing yards, with an interception. He was ineffective on the ground (10 carries for 17 yards).

Despite Davie’s recent dominance over Reynolds, Holman cautioned that “every week is a dogfight in the CPC.”