Starting the season with a win can be so important for a football team, and with its 25-18 victory over Yuba City on Friday night, the Davis High junior varsity squad did just that.
The Blue Devils got off to a rocky start in the opener, falling behind 12-0 in what felt like the blink of an eye. However, they clawed their way back into the game, scoring 19 points in a row to take the victory and have head coach Mike Satre marveling at his team’s resilience in the face of a deficit.
“The big picture is that they got down, but they didn’t give up,” Satre said after the game. “Kind of a reverse of what happened last year (against the Honkers) … so it was nice to turn the tables on them and see that (we) had that energy and enthusiasm.”
Much of the DHS comeback came after making a switch to a more pass-oriented offense in the second quarter. Devil quarterback Jack Beckman led that aerial attack, notching 188 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also completed passes to eight different receivers, highlighting the local depth and skill at that position.
Running back Jake Hammond also had an excellent game, exploding for a 75-yard kickoff return before catching a touchdown pass. Mason Chupka also found paydirt, running in from 35 yards out.
Satre also commended various members of his defense, which stifled the Yuba City offense in the second half. Cornerback Will Bodendorfer made a big interception that led to a Davis scoring drive and two-way standout Tucker Fisk was a menace for much of the game. In addition to catching a pass and dragging several defenders forward to pick up a key first down for the Blue Devil offense, Fisk posted a sack and recovered two crucial fumbles late in the contest.
Fumbles were the name of the game in the fourth quarter, with the teams combining to lose the ball five times within minutes of each other. Thankfully for DHS, the Honkers lost the game of hot potato, fumbling the ball away with 36 seconds remaining to seal their fate.
While the Devils definitely will have to work on ball security, Satre is more concerned with other issues:
“Their defense was giving us some things we could have taken advantage of earlier,” the coach said. “We didn’t pay attention to some assignments and we kind of went a little bit slow in the beginning, but I think that’ll pick up.”
Although the locals do have some things to work on, the good certainly outweighed the bad in the opener. Davis hopes that trend continues Friday at Foothilll (5 p.m.), a 54-0 loser to Oakmont last week.
Notes: The Enterprise publishes a JV/frosh wrap-up page each Wednesday in the fall with most of the coverage done by parents or coaches, who send in weekly recaps. If you don’t see your Blue Devil team’s recap, talk to your coach or parent representative. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at midnight.