Despite a 13-8 setback to Rio Americano last Thursday, the Davis High freshman football team is showing spark.
With a record of 4-3, the frosh have the most wins of all three football programs at DHS this fall.
The Blue Devil offense, led by running back Winfred Roberson (797 rushing yards) and quarterback Brett Bloomfield, has scored at least 30 points in every game theyÕve won. Standout Nick Yaver and the rest of the offensive line have been solid, enabling the offense to roll more than 1,300 yards.
ÒThe offense has done a pretty good job of moving the ball,Ó head coach Derek Brothers said.
The defense, spearheaded by the efforts of Carson Murray, Roberson and Marvin Grant, has given up only 81 total points so far this season.
ÒWe have played around on defense, but have found the one that works for our boys,Ó Brothers explained.
The freshman Devils hit the ground running at the start of the season, with 32-6 and 30-6 victories over Lodi and Wood, respectively.
But then the team hit a speed bump with two 21-0 losses at the hands of Colfax and Oakmont. The offense struggled to move the ball and score, except for Roberson, who was able to continue to run well with 227 yards during the setbacks.
Then, the offense found its groove again in a game five win over Mesa Verde.
Brothers points to the win against Mesa Verde as his teamÕs most impressive.
ÒWe won 30-14, we came out and played a near-perfect game for three quarters,Ó the Holmes principal said.
But following the win, the Blue Devils entered two strange situations before coming out stale versus Rio.
First, H-back Brandon McDonald was called up to junior varsity. McDonald had been the blocker and the primary relief back for Roberson.
ÒIt always hurts to lose a leader on your team, but I am hoping we have other (players) who will look at this as an opportunity to rise up and be counted on,Ó Brothers allowed.
Then, with the Devils already having worked to prepare for a game against Chavez without McDonald, the team was informed that Chavez dropped its program and the Davis game was scrapped.
The Devils were given the win by forfeit, but didnÕt get to play in an official game.
ÒIt was hard to get ready for a game (and) then being told you canÕt play. But the JV were kind enough to have a controlled scrimmage against us so we could at least feel like we hit someone else,Ó Brothers said.
In the loss to Rio Americano, Roberson was the leading rusher with 101 yards and QB Brett Bloomfield gained 13 yards on four carries and scored the only Devil touchdown. He then ran the two-point conversion.
Tony Leon was the top tackler with six and Eli Castro and Roberson added three apiece.
Brothers thought Leon Òdid an outstanding jobÓ from his strong safety spot: ÒHe stepped up and filled the role of the leader.Ó
ÒBut we were not ready to play the first half (down 13-0 at the break),Ó Brothers said. ÒAfter two weeks off, we beat ourselves.
ÒWe have to find out what kind of team we are. We need some players to step up and fill the role of the leader. We have a good chance to finish strong, and thatÕs what weÕre working on.Ó
Davis travels to Placer Thursday for the season finale at 5:30 p.m.