After what has been a disappointing start to the season, the Davis High football team has a great chance to turn things around tonight against Oakmont.
One reason for optimism is the Blue Devils (1-3) will play their first actual home game of 2010 as Phase 2 of the reconstruction of Halden Field has been completed. Tonight, fans will get a chance to sit in new stands and see the new press box (and coachesÕ crowÕs nest), concession stand and restroom facilities. The parking lot also has been repaved and new bicycle parking should be unveiled.
Another signal that DHS could come away with a favorable result is that it will face a Viking team that is winless in four games so far this year. Expect some fireworks in the second half as the Devils already have scored 62 points after intermission this season, while Oakmont has allowed 72 points in the second 24 minutes of their games this year.
Davis is hoping to have running back Courtney Williams (ankle) and tight end/linebacker Peter Smith (toe) available tonight, but if they canÕt go, first-year Blue Devil head coach Steve Smyte will look to others to step up.
Michael Romero filled in admirably for Williams last week with 66 yards rushing against Colfax, and DHS junior quarterback Shayne Reagan has found reliable targets in wide receivers Majed Eddin, Kristian Mackewicz and Evan Arnold-Gordon.
Game time is 7:15 p.m.