Davie football opens conference play Friday at Reynolds

Published 8:40 am Thursday, March 11, 2021

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie’s football team is off to its loudest start in 14 seasons. The last time it was 2-0 with margins of at least 28 points was 2006, when the War Eagles dominated North Forsyth (42-14) and Mooresville (48-7).

Meanwhile, Reynolds has experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum, winning 48-6 over Parkland and losing 62-6 to Mt. Tabor.

Friday will be the Central Piedmont Conference opener and the first of three straight road games for Davie. Kickoff in Winston-Salem will be at 7 p.m.

The Demons destroyed Parkland – it was 48-6 at halftime – even though quarterback Caden Davis wasn’t available because he was still playing basketball. Last week Davis announced he will play football at Fayetteville State.

But Tabor brought Reynolds back to earth. The Demons committed five turnovers in the first half, and Tabor cashed in, scoring six touchdowns on the way to a whopping 42-0 lead.

Reynolds lost a fumble and threw an interception within its first four plays. Tabor finished the first half with 234 rushing yards, and a running clock was used in the second half. Davis passed for 184 yards, but he was picked off three times.

Tabor improved to 2-0, with both wins over CPC members; it beat Reagan 22-15 in Week One.

Despite Reynolds’ humbling experience, everybody is 0-0 this week. And every game from here on out is huge because fewer teams will make the state playoffs as the brackets were cut in half for this condenced season.

“Reynolds is a tremendously athletic team,” Davie coach Tim Devericks said. “They’ve got a good quarterback who I believe is a three-year starter. He’s a phenomenal athlete. We’ll see some different challenges that we haven’t faced this year. Every game matters, so we’ve got to be ready to go.”

Last year Davie lit up the scoreboard in a game that saw little defense, breezing 63-34 while recording the most points in 22 years. Tate Carney was a beast for Davie, rushing for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Davis was the main man for Reynolds, rushing for 112 yards and throwing for 250.

The War Eagles have won nine of 10 meetings, the exception a 28-10 loss in 2018. They lead the all-time series 23-14.