JVs run for 433, overpower Parkland

Published 12:40 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie’s JV football team came into a road game against Parkland with a four-game losing streak, but the War Eagles had more than enough firepower against the Mustangs on Oct. 18.

The War Eagles ran the ball relentlessly on the way to a 40-0 feast over an opponent that has lost by an aggregate 116 points over the past three games.

Davie pounded away for 433 yards on 64 rushing attempts, led by Jamarius Pelote’s 21 carries for 143 yards. Cameron Knox (12-137 rushing, two TDs) also torched the Mustangs, who sank to 1-5 in the Central Piedmont Conference.

Javon Carter has spent most of the season on defense, but he’s no slouch as a ball carrier. The freshman carried 24 times for 99 yards and three TDs.

“We moved him from defense a couple weeks ago and this was his biggest game,” offensive coordinator Matt Gould said. “He got a few carries the last two games.”

Davie (4-5, 2-4) did not need to throw. Pelote hit 3 of his 6 passes for 50 yards, including a 35-yard hookup with Blake French. Jayce Bentley and Andy Romero had the other two receptions.

There was only one negative, but it was a big one. Bentley, who scampered 38 yards on his only rushing attempt and gained 15 yards on his one catch, suffered a broken tibia and will be sidelined for several months. The moment was all too familiar for Bentley, who missed 12 of 16 basketball games as a South Davie eighth grader after a football injury in 2022. He had surgery the day after the Parkland game.

“He got dragged down from behind and got his leg caught under him,” Gould said.

Notes: Davie basketball coach Josh Pittman winced at Bentley’s injury. “He was in the plans for JV (basketball),” Pittman said. … This was Davie’s first win since Sept. 14 against Reynolds.