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Devils open DVC play at 5-0 Franklin

By October 6, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

When youÕre a 1-4 team, trying to finally get all your key parts back on the field, the last thing you want to do is open your league schedule against one of the hotter football teams in the region.

But such is life for Davis High these days as it prepares to meet undefeated Franklin on Friday.

And when things get under way at Cosumnes Oaks-Franklin Community Stadium, the struggling Blue Devils will have a good feel for what the rest of the Delta Valley Conference schedule will feel like.

ÒThey are a great football team,Ó DHS coach Steve Smyte says. ÒThere is a reason why they are 5-0 and have been blowing out people. Their offense is electric and they have playmakers all over the place.Ó

Start with wide receiver Anthony King.

The WildcatsÕ senior sensation has 30 catches for 676 yards and 11 touchdowns Ñ including four from more than 40 yards out.

In five games, Franklin has scored 56 points three times (vs. Yuba City, Jesuit and Tracy, all decent teams). In their season-opener, the ÕCats squeaked past Sheldon, 22-21, and they nudged Rodriguez, 27-26, on Sept. 10. The two close ones and three laughers add up to a clean slate for FHS.

King, who also plays safety, is an imposing target at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and possesses sprinterÕs speed.

The Devils know if Franklin quarterback Derek McIntyre (1,120 yards passing) canÕt get the ball down the field, KingÕs impact will lessen.

ÒWe have some things we feel can go against them,Ó Smyte believes. ÒWe just need to have the right people in the right places and play with desire, intelligence and passion.Ó

Expect Davis to work off the edges, sending whoever they can free up to cause pressure on McIntyre.

In FridayÕs 26-9 loss to Oakmont Ñ and the week before at Colfax Ñ Smyte was pleased with the work of defenders like Will Glaeser, Corey Nelson and Brent Martin. If linebacker Peter Smith can recover fully from a toe injury and other banged-up Blue Devils can get back in the flow, look for DHS to build off an OK defensive effort versus the Vikings.

But high-octane Franklin has given even healthy teams fits.

McIntyre is the WildcatsÕ leading rusher (almost 400 yards) and works behind bodyguard fullback Curtis Shirey. In the passing game, Shirey provides last-ditch protection when the ball is airborne and can lay out linebackers and defensive ends who think they have a shot at the scrambling quarterback.

In a 56-28 dismantling of Jesuit last week, McIntyre completed 16-of-21 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, King was in on the merriment, catching seven passes for 187 yards and two TDs.

Stop those two, and the Devils will have a leg up on playing Franklin tough.

Notes: Game time is 7:30 p.m. … If the Wildcats want to lay the wood, they have two all-league candidates in tackles Elijah Ware (6-3, 250) and Sylvester Charles (6-3, 290). In its past six meetings with Franklin, Davis is 3-3. Last year, the ÕCats beat an injured DHS, 34-7. DVC teams have a combined record of 18-12: (Grant and Franklin each 5-0; Monterey Trail and Elk Grove both 3-2; Davis and Laguna Creek at 1-4).

Ñ Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8056. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com. To view galleries and purchase prints of DHS football, visit http://photos.davisenterprise.com

Bruce Gallaudet

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