Davie to host Reynolds in conference opener

Published 9:44 am Thursday, October 5, 2017

When Davie’s football team opens Central Piedmont Conference play against visiting Reynolds Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the War Eagles will be seeking their eighth straight win over the improved Demons.

Davie, coming off a bye week, is 3-3 overall. Reynolds is 5-1, although its strength of schedule pales in comparison to Davie’s.

Between 2010-16, Davie rattled off seven wins by 25-plus points in the series, which stands 21-13 overall in Davie’s favor. Last year’s margin was 54-7.

Here’s a game-by-game look at Reynolds’ season.

• Reynolds 15, Southwest Guilford 12. After going 1-10 in 2016, the Demons overcame a 12-0 halftime deficit.

Reynolds 47, Atkins 13. The Demons started 2-0 for the first time since 2009. … Quarterback Charlie Mensh (20 of 37 for 306 passing yards) threw four TDs in his second varsity start to fuel Reynolds’ 33 unanswered points after a 7-0 deficit. … Dimaggio Wilson scored three TDs and intercepted three passes.

Reynolds 53, Winston-Salem Prep 6. Reynolds sped to a 41-6 halftime lead, getting a 44-yard pick-six from linebacker Nick Imes, 143 yards on 11-of-16 passing from Mensh and two TD runs from Wilson. Shahdom Revel had three TD catches. … After Reynolds opened 3-0 for the first time since 2012, coach Pat Crowley told the Winston-Salem Journal: “We’ve got some weapons. When our offensive line can protect and when we can run the ball pretty well, we can do all right.”

Reidsville 49, Reynolds 6. A matchup of unbeatens was no contest as the 2016 2A champion blitzed Reynolds 28-0 in the first quarter. It was the 20th straight win for the Rams. … Reynolds finished with a meager 59 yards. … Crowley told the Journal: “It was like deja vu of a couple games we had last year and the year before.” … Defensive back Trejan Cannon added: “Honestly, I expected them to come out and beat us. After we got down, I kind of knew it was over. I knew we were defeated.”

• Reynolds 39, North Forsyth 31. Reynolds dug a 13-0 hole against the 0-5 Vikings, but the Demons roared back behind Rashon Bethea (172 all-purpose yards and five TDs). … Malik Neal’s interception with the score 32-31 set up Bethea’s game-icing TD. … Shaheim Revel had 136 rushing yards with two TDs.

• Reynolds 28, Grimsley 14. It was 14-14 before Reynolds pulled away. … Bethea’s 13-yard score made it 21-14, and defensive end Will Crowley’s INT return to Grimsley’s 11 set up the knockout blow. … Coach Crowley told the Journal: “This is a great win for us. Grimsley is an up-and-coming program. We needed this win. Last year at this time we were 1-5. We are excited about getting into conference play.”

Note: It will be Veterans Night at Friday’s game. WoodmenLife will honor veterans, who will meet at the north end of the stadium by the flag at 6:45 p.m. Veterans and their spouses will be admitted free. For more information, contact Jeff Pardue at 336-817-4160.