Enterprise staff writer
HereÕs $100. WhoÕs next to contribute to send Steve Smyte to Polynesia for an off-season recruiting trip?
Sporting a mostly South Seas feel, the Grant High School offensive and defensive line averaged more than 300 pounds, including heavily recruited nose guard Villimi Moala (340 pounds of active volcano).
Davis was overmatched. But donÕt feel bad, Blue DevilsÉ Not many teams do very well against this perennial powerhouse.
Before turning the page on last FridayÕs 56-0 smackdown to the nationÕs now No. 4 team, it must be noted that Davis High didnÕt give an inch Ñ it was taken, through no fault of the DevilsÕ own. As Blue Devil coach Smyte said afterward, ÒWe did what we could with who we had.Ó
There were a handful of performances of note. The efforts didnÕt stand out statistically, but if you were paying attention, they were nonetheless dramatic É inspiring, even.
ItÕs hard to put into words what Courtney Williams means to the DHS offense. Healthy, he can break any touch 80 yards to The House. He punts, returns kicks, swings wide for little flat passes, runs inside and outside.
At the beginning of the season, Williams was penciled in at safety. His responsibilities on offense Ñ and injuries Ñ squelched that game plan early.
But until Friday, Williams had been on the shelf for several weeks. He said he feels horrible about standing around, nursing a thigh injury. He and his family talked until midnight Thursday night about whether he should play against Grant.
Williams played. He shouldnÕt have. But he said he owed it to himself and his teammates to give it a go. ÒIÕm not going to miss this game,Ó he said.
The heart was there. The wheels werenÕt.
Eight yards on seven carries. Twice, he was smoked by 6-foot-5, 295-pound Filipo Sau. Clearly staggered, both times Williams refused help up from a teammate. He needed to send a message. He just couldnÕt.
Then there was Blue Devil center Lucas Brattesani, all 175 pounds of him. Staring across the line was Mount Moala.
Brattesani snapped the ball and confronted his challenge. Only twice did Moala sack QB Shayne Reagan. The big senior carded but five tackles. BrattesaniÕs strategy was slash and burn, hit the Pacer low and hope for the best.
ItÕs a performance on which Brattesani can hang his helmet.
And finally, despite throwing 8-for-24 for less than 60 yards, Reagan managed to keep the offense together, avoid catastrophic losses and keep his teammates energized.
Reagan thought the whole experience was Òfun.Ó
Hmmm. That exemplifies the attitude thatÕs getting Davis through this 1-7 season.
Even in games where thereÕs not a lot to talk about, thereÕs still a lot to talk about.
Ñ Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8056. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com