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Blue Devils prepare for an improved Wood

By September 16, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

Lots to do in this short week …

When Davis High split its first two football games, there was a recurring theme: Penalties at critical times were a disaster and efficiency inside the 20 was less than reassuring.

Coming off a 27-13 loss to Sacramento on Saturday, the Blue Devils have focused all their attention on being flawless and relentless.

Coaches and players know an improved Will C. Wood awaits Friday night at Zunino Field at Vacaville High.

So much to do, so little time.

ÒItÕs hard in a short week,Ó head coach Steve Smyte admits. ÒWeÕre not putting in a lot of new stuff. Just working on getting better.Ó

Areas that Smyte said could use improvement include maintaining offensive tempo.

ÒTo be honest, the refs took us out of our rhythm,Ó Smyte explained.

Especially on called-back touchdowns by Courtney Williams and Dillard Brown. On WilliamsÕ 35-yard phantom TD, holding was called. On BrownÕs Òscore,Ó it was illegal procedure.

ÒWe have looked at the film again,Ó Smyte said during Wednesday practice. ÒOn the (Williams) play, it was a great double team by Alex Magrino and Lucas Brattesani. The other, we had the tight end covered.Ó

Smyte, knowing thereÕs nothing that can be done about spilled milk, er, flags, says besides concentrating on a more accomplished offensive display, the Blue Devils are focusing on a much-improved Wood team.

Just like Davis, the Wildcats are 1-1 after throwing the ball well but losing to Pioneer, 44-22, then beating Vanden (31-21) while running effectively.

Smyte says his defenders will have a couple of important assignments Ñ stop quarterback Brian Clay and reciever Jedidiah Cox (42 yards and two TDs against Vanden).

So concerned about Cox Ñ who caught five balls for 96 yards and a long touchdown in last yearÕs 14-7 DHS win Ñ is Smyte, that Wednesday practice featured Devil receiver Kristian Mackewicz as a dummy Cox, wearing a red cap on his helmet.

Smyte had his defenders working against an offense similar to WoodÕs, always looking for where Cox (Mackewicz, in this case) would be from play to play.

ÒThey are much better,Ó Smyte says of the ÕCats. ÒThose two are good.Ó

DHS has seen Williams gain 226 yards rushing and through two games, tight end Peter Smith is the leading receiver.

But Blue Devil fans know, despite more than a dozen trips deep into enemy territory, there are many more touchdowns to be had.

ÒWe could have had four more in the first game,Ó Smyte recently reported. And he agrees that as many as four more were there for the taking (but for miscues, turnovers and officials) on Saturday.

Notes: Davis lineman Dominic Brown, nursing a high-ankle sprain, returned to practice Tuesday. It didnÕt go so well and Brown sat out Wednesday, soaking the swollen foot. He said heÕd be ready to go Friday, however. … Smyte plans to go with the hot hand at quarterback. ÒWhatever the game situation dictates,Ó he says. QBs Shayne Reagan and Dane Denkers have alternately contributed the first two weeks. … Valley and coach Preston Jackson (the former UC Davis star) ended its 17-game losing streak on Friday when the Vikings beat, ahem, Armijo, 32-14. The Blue Devils beat Armijo, 31-6, in Week 1.

Ñ Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8056. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

Bruce Gallaudet

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