After a slow start in Week 1, the Davis High football team showed what it is capable of in taking down Foothill, 30-7, last Friday.
Now the question is, which Blue Devil team will show up on Friday (7:30 p.m.) when they travel to Armijo to play their third consecutive road contest?
Despite DHS beating the Indians 62-0 last year, Devil head coach Marc Hicks said the rematch could be tougher:
“I expect them to be like they always are: competitive and decent,” Hicks told The Enterprise. “They’re a good team and they’ve got good coaches. I suspect that they’ll come out trying to hit us in the mouth first, but we need to retaliate and hit them first and hit ‘em hard.”
The Davis defense did just that against Foothill, forcing five turnovers — three fumbles and two interceptions — without allowing a touchdown.
“We have a great defense and great defensive coaches,” Hicks said. “You get that bad taste in your mouth after the loss and you get the good taste in your mouth after the win and that’s what you hold on to the most, that good taste. I’m hoping that’ll carry over from last week to this week.”
For the third consecutive week, Blue Devil defensive coordinator Ty Brown and his defense will face against a run-heavy attack from Armijo (0-1). However, the Indians lost their four leading rushers off of last year’s squad, leaving senior Greg Forkes, who had 113 yards on 13 carries in 2012, as the top returning ground gainer. In last week’s 42-0 loss to American Canyon, quarterback D’Mario Johnson led Armijo with 42 yards on 15 carries.
But while the DHS defense knows what it must do, it’s the local offense that is salivating at the prospect of facing the Indians’ defense. Last week, AHS gave up 381 yards on the ground, a weakness that plays right into the hands of the Devil offense.
In its game last week, Davis ran amok for 371 yards with RBs Talek Deary (165 yards) and Winfred Roberson (162) and quarterback Quinten Jones (44) doing the damage. Against Armijo, the Blue Devils may add Wally Perez — who missed the Foothill game with a high ankle sprain — to the mix. Perez’s status is questionable, but if he does play, DHS will have another weapon to go to and its biggest problem might be having enough balls to go around.
“Wally looks better, but I really won’t know what his status is until I talk to the trainer (Wednesday),” Hicks said. “He might not as play as much as (Deary and Roberson) but he should see some time if he is available.”
Hicks also has been working extensively with both the passing game and the kicking unit this week. QBs Jones and Emilio Barba combined for only 75 yards in the win over Foothill, and the Devils missed all five extra point attempts.
“We had a lot of opportunities in the passing game and we just didn’t execute,” Hicks said. “We’ve been working hard this week, making sure that the quarterbacks … know what they’re reading.”
“There was also a lack of attention on the wide receivers’ parts,” Hicks added. “We had a lot of missed assignments, missed things that we are making corrections on for this week, and we’ll see if they get it or not.”
As for the kicking game, DHS hopes that a few tweaks made during practice will pay dividends:.
“We made some changes (with the kicking team), to hopefully shore up the misses,” Hicks said. “We made that a center point this week to make our field goals. You can’t give up free points, and I consider field goals free points.”
Notes: Lineman Nick Yaver (neck) will join C.K. Hicks (knee) and Quinn Williams (knee) among the injured Blue Devils this week. … Friday’s JV game kicks off at 5:15 p.m. with the varsity matchup to follow. … After Armijo, DHS finally gets its home opener on Sept. 20 with Rio Americano in town.
— Reach Thomas Oide at email@example.com