Wilkins, Reagan torch Davie

Published 9:52 am Thursday, October 7, 2021

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

The Davie varsity football team’s season has gone rapidly and terribly downhill. One week after losing by 38 to East Forsyth, the War Eagles lost by 38 Friday at Reagan.

“It’s not anything our defense is doing wrong,” coach Tim Devericks told the Winston-Salem Journal following a 52-14 loss to the Raiders. “We’re just playing some really, really good competition. East and Reagan are just great teams.”

Everyone knew a blowout was possible since Reagan (3-3, 2-1 Central Piedmont Conference) beat East 22-18 and East stomped Davie 59-21. Davie tumbled to 4-2, 1-2.

The beginning was disastrous for Davie. On the first play of the game, Kam Hill threw a home-run ball to Vincent Wilkins, who was shot out of a cannon as he sped past the secondary and hauled in an 80-yard touchdown.

Davie managed to cut a 14-0 deficit to 14-7 by driving 75 yards. Tate Carney converted a fourth-and-3 run before catching a 9-yard TD pass from Alex Summers.

The excitement of getting back in the game was extremely short-lived. On the next play from scrimmage, Wilkins was in jet motion when he took a shovel pass. He showed off his blazing speed again while scoring his second 80-yard TD.

Later in the half, the Raiders scored two TDs in 58 seconds. After finishing an 83-yard scoring drive, they pooched a kickoff, which they did all game. Davie’s Za’Haree Maddox rushed in to try to cover the ball, but Reagan wound up with possession. It scored seven plays later to widen the halftime gap to 42-7.

In the first half, the Raiders scored on six of eight possessions. They had 20 first downs and 507 yards on 40 plays. Just like the East Forsyth game, Davie’s defense was helpless to contain a host of offensive Lamborghinis from the opposing offense.

Hill, who had 354 passing yards in the first half, finished 25 of 32 for 501 yards and four TDs. Wilkins had 12 catches for 269 yards. (Several of them were basically long handoffs.) Montrell Jones had six catches for 122 yards as Reagan produced eight plays for 20-plus yards. When Reagan wanted to run it, its main man was Jon Gullette, who had 88 yards on 10 carries.

Reagan piled up 698 yards and converted 7 of 10 third downs to offset 17 penalties for 197 yards.

“We were so disappointed about last week (a 33-7 loss to Glenn),” Reagan coach Josh McGee told the Journal. “I was really proud of how we bounced back this week. We played our kind of game. We’ve got to clean up our penalties, but some of them were effort penalties. At least you’re trying to do something right.”

One bright spot for the War Eagles: They got what they’re accustomed to seeing from Tate Carney, who rushed for 153 yards, his fourth straight game with at least 123. Markel Summers was effective with 68 yards.

But the passing game struggled as Summers was sacked five times. He went 13 of 26 for 107 yards. The completions went to Maddox (five catches for 25 yards), Carney (3-36), Brodie Smith (3-22) and Zymere Hudson (2-24).

Notes: Summers did keep a long streak going with the TD pass to Carney. He has started 13 games in two seasons and tossed a TD in each one. … Davie’s next game is Friday night at 7 at Mt. Tabor (3-2, 1-1). The Spartans lost 56-41 to Richmond County, won 38-0 over North Forsyth, won 48-27 over Page, lost 36-14 to West Forsyth and won 41-20 over Reynolds. … Davie has won the past two meetings – 40-33 in 2015 and 35-14 in 2016 – but this will be the first matchup in five seasons. … Tabor, the defending 3AA champion, leads the all-time series 18-12.