JV football loses shootout to Reagan

Published 2:05 pm Tuesday, October 3, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

For most of the night, Davie’s JV football team went toe-to-toe with visiting Reagan on Sept. 28, but ultimately the War Eagles could not quite keep up on a day when they committed three turnovers. The Raiders pulled away in the fourth quarter to take a 41-32 decision.

“We had a lot of miscues,” offensive coordinator Matt Gould said. “We had three turnovers and multiple dropped passes.”

“We definitely missed some opportunities,” JV coach Spencer Pasciolla said. “We had small mental errors that can be cleaned up for sure with the talent that this group has. It’s will we do it; not can we do it.”

After Davie took a 6-0 lead into the second quarter, Reagan surged in front 21-12. Jamarius Pelote responded with a touchdown on an 88-yard kickoff return, and a successful two-point play pulled Davie within 21-20. Davie made it 14 unanswered points – to lead 26-21 – before the first half ended.

Reagan, though, closed the game with a 20-6 run to hand Davie (3-3, 1-2 CPC) its second straight loss.

“They have a couple guys who are lights-out fast,” Pasciolla said. “You have to be able to withstand them getting their (big) plays. Sadly, this night we couldn’t withstand them.”

Pelote threw two interceptions, but he otherwise had a stellar showing with 83 rushing yards on 12 carries and 239 passing yards and two TDs. After Reagan had carved out a 41-26 lead, Blake French scored on a beautiful 93-yard catch-and-run. Aiden Hall had five catches for 50 yards and Colt Miller, the younger brother of varsity star quarterback Ty Miller, had three catches. Ian Patton had two as Pelote completed 16 of 38 passes.

“Did you see how explosive Jay (Pelote) was on that kickoff return?” Pasciolla said. “Talk about a guy who can make an explosive play, he’s definitely one of them. We’re lucky to have him.

“We had positive plays from some receivers. Colt had a pretty good night. Colt played in the slot and had some good concentration grabs. Now that we don’t have (injured Dallas Simms), some people are stepping up. Now we just have to do it consistently. Blake has some wheels as well. (Besides French’s long TD), he also hawked someone down on an interception that prevented a touchdown at the time. Yeah, he had a big high-effort night.”

Notes: Reagan improved to 3-3, 2-1. … Before getting torched by Reagan, Davie’s defense had been stingy, allowing 11.5 points over four games.