Knox highlights JV football win

Published 1:14 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Cameron Knox ran for 134 yards to lead a 20-14 win at North Davidson on Aug. 31.

Who saw that coming?

The freshman running back for Davie’s JV football team had three carries for 20 yards in the season-opening loss to Mooresville, but Knox came through in a big way in week two.  “He had a very successful night running the ball,” coach Spencer Pasciolla said. “I think he’s going to be a really strong player for us. He’s got good vision and sees holes really well.”

The War Eagles never trailed. They led 13-0 at halftime, and after the Black Knights got within 13-7, a 33-yard pass from Aiden Hall to Dallas Simms put Davie in firm control.

Simms has emerged as the foremost target. After making four grabs for 76 yards against Mooresville, he followed with 3 catches for 64 yards against North.

Davie could have won comfortably, but turnovers kept North in the game.

“We put the ball on the ground a couple of times, but our defense helped us out,” Pasciolla said. “They got some turnovers back for us. We could have sealed the deal earlier. However, we did seal the deal. We’re extremely hopeful for what we can do as a team.”

Bubby Byington and CJ Moore had interceptions for Davie’s defense, and Pasciolla liked what he saw from the d-line (Braylon Arnold, Ean Click and Gio Alcacio and edge rusher Jsiere Arnold).

“Our defensive line did a great job,” he said. “They kept the run game in check. Jsiere did a great job rushing the passer. He’s a (freshman who) is still learning on the fly, but he’s shown some really nice flashes. CJ was solid all night (in the secondary).”

Davie has one more nonconference game – a Sept. 6 home makeup game against West Rowan – before hitting the Central Piedmont Conference.

“We saw a lot of progress across the board (against North),” he said. “We’re a lot better than when we first laced ‘em up, but not as good as we will be.”

Notes: Knox accounted for all of Davie’s rushing yards. … Jamarius Pelote hit 6 of 12 passes for 51 yards. Hall’s only completion in three attempts resulted in six points. … Jayce Bentley and Knox had two catches each.