Months of offseason workouts, weeks of preseason practices and two full-contact scrimmages are in the books. The only thing left for the Davis High football team is to take the field for real.
That will happen Friday night as the Blue Devils open their 2014 season — and the John Wiley era — when River Valley (1-0) comes to Brown Stadium for a 7:15 p.m. contest.
With just 34 players on the roster, DHS will be lean and mean — with several players going both ways — and expectations are high for a defense that features an experienced secondary, an explosive group of linebackers and a stout line.
On the other side of the ball, five new O-line starters will try to protect quarterbacks Quinn Williams and Jack Beckman, each of whom will reportedly take snaps, as they try to find receivers like Nate Curtis (six touchdowns last season).
Running backs Wally Perez and Cole Morse will be counted on to balance the Devil offensive attack.
Wiley, the former Christian Brothers assistant who earned All-SEC honors as a defensive back for Auburn, and the rest of his staff feel like Davis is prepared.
“Once Friday comes, it’s just a matter of managing the game and letting the kids show their talent.”