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Blue Devils fall short one last time

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November 6, 2010 |

Enterprise correspondent

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ELK GROVE — The Davis High football team ended a disappointing season with one last tough loss.

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But even after a 56-14 setback on Friday against a playoff-bound Monterey Trail squad that put the Blue Devils at 1-9 overall and 0-5 in Delta Valley Conference play, head coach Steve Smyte spoke of his players with pride.

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“A big highlight was having 19 kids (out of 32) with a 3.0 or higher GPA,” Smyte said. “I bet we have the highest team GPA of any school around here.”

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Smyte added that his players “all have integrity, they\’re all good people.”

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But while the 2010 Blue Devils were big on character, they weren\’t so big on the field. And from the opening drive on Friday, the stronger and faster Mustangs overwhelmed DHS.

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Monterey Trail used three consecutive nine-yard screen passes and a series of runs up the middle to get the ball to the Devil 23-yard line. From there, Mustang back Derek Bellamy went straight up the gut and broke a couple of arm tackles to put his team up 7-0.

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After Davis went three-and-out, Monterey Trail picked up right where it had left off. With Bellamy and Drake Tofi repeatedly running the ball right at an undersized Blue Devil line, Bellamy eventually scored on a nine-yard run that saw him leap over a defender and one of his own blockers to get into the end zone.

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Despite a commanding 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter, the Mustangs elected to use a surprise onside kick, which they recovered, and on the first play from scrimmage quarterback Mike Calvan tossed a 49-yard bomb to Michael Worthen. And just like that, DHS was down 21-0.

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After a Mustang interception was canceled out when the defender fumbled the ball back to the Blue Devils, Derrick Coronado\’s punt trapped Monterey Trail back at the 19-yard line. But the Mustangs\’ electric offense again struck quickly, as Tofi zigged and zagged all over the field for an 81-yard touchdown.

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As they have all season, the Devils did not go down without a fight. Using a short-passing attack to get down the field, Davis cashed in when quarterback Shayne Reagan crept into the end zone behind a throng of blockers for a one-yard TD that made it 28-7.

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DHS\’ Will Glaeser prevented Monterey Trail from taking the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown when he dove and tackled the return man by the ankles.

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However, it wasn\’t enough to stop the Mustangs, as Tofi again found paydirt, this time from three yards out. And he wasn\’t out of the end zone for long as the Monterey Trail two-way star intercepted a Reagan pass on the next possession and took it 35 yards to the house. Tofi\’s Touchdown Party made it 42-7 Mustangs at the half.

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After the break, Monterey Trail went to its bench and Juan Albarran was able to push the ball across the goal line on fourth down for another Mustang score.

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But for one final time, the Blue Devils showed the heart that has endeared this team to fans all season long. Kris Mackewicz climbed up the ladder in double coverage to haul in a deep pass from

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Reagan to set up senior Peter Smith\’s five-yard touchdown catch.

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It was too little too late, but provided one last highlight for a team that earned every bit of the praise Smyte lauded on it after the game.

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With Davis players, coaches and parents gathered on the field for one last pep talk, Smyte thanked each departing senior for what they had brought to the team, using words such as “work ethic” and “integrity” again and again.

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As the players embraced and the cameras flashed, Smyte reminisced on some of the year\’s top players and moments, including Reagan breaking the DHS single-game record for touchdown passes on Senior Night against Elk Grove. Other influential players he mentioned included Lucas Brattesani, Courtney Williams, Smith, Majed Eddin, Dillard Brown and Glaeser.

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Though obviously hoping for more wins next year, Smyte told his players that “football\’s a team game. It\’s not about wins and losses. If you think it\’s about that then you\’re missing the whole point.”

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He concluded, “maybe we didn\’t have the best win-loss record, but for things like work ethic and integrity, the things that matter in life, our team did a great job.”

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Notes: Reagan, a junior, will be back to lead the Devils again next year, as will Smyte. … DHS won its opener against Armijo and then lost the next nine games. … Williams, a 1,000-yard rusher as a junior, missed more than half the year due to injury. … Two of Davis\’ top receiving threats, Smith and Brown, also missed time.

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