Lytton goes 99 yeards in JV rout

Published 9:25 am Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Davie JV football coach Perry Long couldn’t have expected more from the first two games. After beating Page for the first time in 11 years in the opener, the War Eagles buried visiting North Davidson, 38-6, on Aug. 29 to reach 2-0 for the first time in 11 years.

Long said: “I like this squad. They get after people.”

The scoring began on Davie’s first possession. Quarterback Alex Summers feathered a pass over the defensive back, resulting in a 28-yard touchdown for Isaiah Lytton.

Late in the first quarter, a Davie mistake gave North energy, if only briefly. The punt returner muffed the punt at the Davie 34, the Black Knights recovered and scored five plays later to pull within 7-6.

Davie was unfazed. Late in the half, two first-down runs by DeVonte Lyerly set up Summers’ second touchdown pass. Again he showed great touch to connect with Brodie Smith in the left corner of the end zone for an 11-yard score. It was 14-6 at intermission.

Summers, who is also the varsity backup QB, played very little in the second half after throwing for 116 first-half yards.

Lytton opened the floodgates on the second-half kickoff. North  saw nothing but taillights as he went 99 yards to make it 21-6.

Long: “I told Terrell (Wilson): ‘If they kick it to him, he’s taking it to the house.’ Because he’s a playmaker. He is an absolute playmaker.”

Freshman Davin Whitaker took over at quarterback on the second series of the second half, and he acquitted himself well. Smith’s 31-yard catch-and-run gave Davie first-and-goal at the 3. On third down from the 4, Whitaker looked to pass, pulled the ball in and made an ankle-breaking juke as he bluffed a pass to the right. The rout was on at 28-6.

Long: “We called him Michael Vick. It was crazy because in practice he doesn’t run it much.”

Whitaker wasn’t done. Although his 31-yard swing pass to Lyerly would have been a TD if not for a flag, he found Lytton for 49 yards to the North 9. Davie stalled and called on Palmer Williams, who nailed a 30-yard field goal. The freshman kicker had quite a night, going 5 for 5 on extra points.

Lyerly didn’t touch it much in the second half after racking up 112 rushing yards in the first 24 minutes. He wound up with 110 yards on 17 carries. As if that wasn’t enough, he had two receptions for 79 yards.

Long: “His first step is so quick it’s unbelievable. You think you’ve got him dead and he can accelerate just like that.”

Lytton wowed the crowd with 90 receiving yards on four catches to go with his electrifying kickoff return.

Long: “I told people when he was in middle school (at South Davie) that this cat will be the real deal before he leaves Davie. I’m telling you, he is going to be. He’s a special kid. He works out like clockwork. That dude lifts and runs. He’s serious about this. He’s serious about being successful in football.”

Whitaker completed 4 of 7 passes for 118 yards. The other receptions came from Smith (2-42), Aidan Froelich (2-14) and Kole Bilyeu (1-9).

Long: “The little freshman (Whitaker) played well.”

The defense was just as impressive. Davie has legit playmakers at all three levels. A first-quarter slant pass would have gone for a 71-yard TD instead of a 51-yard gain to the Davie 11 if not for William Purvis, who walked the receiver down. North would turn it over on downs at the Davie 28 after a holding penalty and a Vance Visser sack.

Long: “That was a great play (by Purvis). Willie has run a lot of people down in two weeks.”

Sam Collins had an early sack to set the tone. Visser had two tackles for loss.

On consecutive plays in the second quarter, Peyton Helton made a hit that forced an incompletion, Bryson Parker made a tackle in space for a minus-1 completion, and Visser batted a pass and Mason Shermer caught the deflection for an interception. On North’s next possession, Jadon Davis intercepted a tipped pass.

On a fourth-and-7 pass from Davie’s 20, a Black Knight receiver appeared ready to haul in a TD. But Parker closed in and knocked the ball out.

Long: “That was a heck of a play, coming in to break that up. Because that guy had separation and had it in his hands.”

One defensive series later, Helton had a minus-2 tackle on a short pass and then Isaac Webb made a gem of a play, sacking the quarterback 18 yards back, forcing a fumble and recovering it at the North 32 to set up a scoring drive.

Long: “When Isaac wants to play, he’s tough.”

The defensive highlights kept coming. Blake Jenkins picked off a pass and returned it 42 yards for a TD. After Justin Hayes and Johnathan Bowman made tackles in the North backfield, freshman Ethan Silvey blocked a punt.

Long: “They swarm to the ball. It feels good to have guys play like that.”

Notes: Davie’s last 2-0 start came in 2008, when it won 34-27 over Salisbury and 34-14 over West Rowan. … North had some success moving the ball between the 20s. It rushed for 89 yards on 25 running plays and threw for 185 on 17-of-30 passing.