Expect electricity: 5-2, 3-1 West Forsyth visiting 5-2, 3-1 Davie on homecoming

Published 2:10 pm Monday, October 9, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

When Davie’s football team looks across the field at West Forsyth here Friday, the War Eagles may feel as if they’re looking into a mirror.

Both teams are coming off stinging losses – Mt. Tabor squeaked out a 35-34 decision over Davie and Reagan knocked off West 35-26 – and both teams will be bent on doing whatever it takes to never feel that way again. Both teams are 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Central Piedmont Conference. Both are tied with East Forsyth for first place.

There will be an electric atmosphere on homecoming at War Eagle Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The helter skelter Central Piedmont Conference makes no sense in 2023. Davie beat Reagan 54-41; West lost to Reagan. Davie lost by a skinny point to Tabor; West buried Tabor 40-14. Davie destroyed Reynolds 47-3, but Tabor lost 29-28 to the Demons. Tabor lost to Reynolds but had East on the ropes. Reagan was 1-5 before tripping West.

Friday’s game offers both teams a chance for redemption. The War Eagles, seeking their first CPC title since 2016, will close with Glenn (3-4, 2-2) and Parkland (4-3, 1-3). West has to meet East in the final week of the regular season. A win here and Davie is right back in the catbird seat.

“We made the road harder for ourselves, but at the same time, what we want is still in front of us,” coach Tim Devericks said. “We still control our own destiny. We’ve just got to get better at the little things.”

Notes: West has won the past two meetings and leads the series 25-16. … Last year West survived 34-31 in a game that featured nine lead changes. Caman Chaplin put the Titans on his back, running 38 times for 357 yards and scoring the go-ahead TD in the closing seconds. … Since 1996, 14 of the 27 Davie-West showdowns have been decided by eight points or less.