Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS football hopes to take the next step

By
From page B1 | August 23, 2013 | Leave Comment

DHS head coach Marc Hicks talks to quarterback Quinein Jones during a recent workout. The Blue Devils open the season on Aug. 30 at Yuba City. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series previewing the 2013 edition of the Davis High football team.

For the Davis High football team, the time is now.

Since the 2010 season, the Blue Devils have steadily improved, increasing their win totals from one to two then jumping to a 5-5 record last season.

If that trend continues in 2013, DHS could be on pace for just its second postseason appearance since 1995. The Devils last reached the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in 2007.

In many of those nonplayoff seasons, Davis’ Achilles’ heel was lack of depth on the offensive and defensive lines. This year, however, depth in the trenches should be the Blue Devils’ strength. New head coach Marc Hicks has several options behind his starters, which means tired lineman in the fourth quarter shouldn’t be an issue this season.

DHS’ improved offensive line will be tasked with opening up lanes for senior running backs Winfred Roberson, Austin Lampley and Brendan MacDonald, and junior Wally Perez.

That rushing attack will need to be strong as the locals’ passing game remains their biggest question mark. Without standout receiver C.K. Hicks, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, and two other top pass-catchers from 2012 — Kevin Sorensen and Brett Bloomfield — no longer on the team, the Devils are working to develop a whole new receiving corps. In addition, Emilo Barba and Quinten Jones are still locked in a competition for the starting quarterback spot.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive end Marvin Grant returns and transfer Jonah Williams has looked impressive in camp. MacDonald will roam the middle of the field as an inside linebacker and is expected to be the leader of the defense.

And while the Devil secondary looks inexperienced in paper, defensive coordinator and lead assistant coach Ty Brown has been impressed with the growth of cornerbacks Joey Dossa and Marquise Turner and safeties Bailey Yarrow and Nate Curtis.

The defense will have to be at its best right out of the gates, as DHS opens with a tough, nonconference matchup on the road against Yuba City (9-2 in 2012 including 5-0 in the Tri-County League) on Aug. 30. The Honkers gashed the Blue Devils for 414 rushing yards in last season’s opener.

Davis then travels to Sacramento to meet Foothill (1-9, 0-5) before facing Armijo (1-9, 0-5) in Fairfield. Both should be very winnable games for the Devils, who beat the pair by a combined score of 102-7 last year.

DHS steamrolled Foothill, gaining 230 yards on the ground, while against Armijo, the Devils took to the air. In that contest, 2012 starting QB Grant Dickerson and Barba combined to throw six touchdown passes.

Next, Davis looks to avenge last year’s heartbreaking 26-21 loss to Rio Americano (4-6, 2-3) when the Raiders come to Ron & Mary Brown Stadium for the Blue Devils’ home opener on Sept. 20.

DHS then finishes nonconference play with a rivalry game against Woodland. The Wolves (2-8, 2-3) will come to town on Sept. 27 looking to get revenge for last season’s 40-0 Devil beatdown.

The locals get a bye week before beginning their Delta Valley Conference schedule on Oct. 11 at home against Monterey Trail (5-5, 1-4), who fell 42-7 to Davis last year. After that, the schedule gets really tough …

The DVC has three of the perennial powerhouse programs in the section: Elk Grove (12-2, 4-1), Grant (5-6, 3-2) and Franklin (12-1, 5-0), a team the Devils will host on Oct. 18. DHS also gets Grant at home.

“I think having any game at home, you would like to think is an advantage,” Hicks said. “But football’s a strange sport, you never really know. It’s like that old Forrest Gump saying, ‘It’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.’ If we’re steady enough and we play hard enough and we keep our wits about ourselves, we’ll be good.”

The contest against Franklin, which is ranked 13th in the area, will be a real test of the Blue Devils‘ progress as the Wildcats rolled to a 72-7 victory over the locals in 2012.

After Franklin, Davis heads to Laguna Creek, a team the Devils shut out 27-0 last season. This year, however, the Cardinals feature standout signal-caller Cecil Williams II, who will play at Harvard next fall.

The home schedule ends on Nov. 1 when the ninth-ranked Pacers come to Brown Stadium. Although head coach Mike Alberghini’s roster looks young, everyone in the area knows Grant is never short on talent.

Like last year, the Devils wrap up with a season-ending showdown against Elk Grove, where they will try to avenge the devastating 17-10 loss which kept them out of the 2012 postseason. The third-ranked Thundering Herd, who took second place in the section last season, are led by standout running back Wadus Parker and quarterback Tommy Arnold.

So, how can DHS navigate this gauntlet all the way to a playoff berth?

“Eliminate the turnovers and execute,” Hicks said. “You have to execute in the game of football. If you don’t execute in the game of football, the results will be disastrous. If we can eliminate the turnovers, execute, and play physical and hard, we will be good.”

Note: The locals get a dress rehearsal on Saturday at the Natomas High Jamboree. Beginning at 11 a.m., Davis will face Florin, Natomas and Johnson in three 20-minute scrimmages.

— Reach Thomas Oide at toide@davisenterprise.net.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
Chuck Rairdan joins school board race

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

Going green at church, school, everywhere

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Former caretaker convicted of murder, elder abuse

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

By Dave Jones | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
UCD to host Global Health Day event

By Cory Golden | From Page: A2

Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
‘Hitchhiking’ dog looking for new home

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Volunteers needed for Grad Night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Davis grad makes rain collection a business

By Jason McAlister | From Page: A4 | Gallery

A few spots left on history tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Chipotle fundraiser boosts Emerson tech upgrade

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Event to provide nature scholarship

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Online K-12 school holds info night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Schwenger lawn signs available

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

 
Students have new options on leasing front

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Groups join for a day of service

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
NAMI backers walk in Sacramento

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Food for the hungry

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

.

Forum

Dad makes mom look bad

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
UCD IS responsible for students

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

In search of great ideas

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Please keep the nursery open

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Early help is a great investment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
More tax money? Answer the question

By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

.

Sports

Fox coming to UCD; Riffle heads to Florida

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
DHS’ Golston goes full-bore on the diamond

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils show more life in loss to Mitty

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Sharks double up Kings in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Aggies lose a slugfest in opener at Riverside

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DYSA roundup: Intensity has big week; 10U games dominate schedule

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Sports briefs: Aggies set the academic bar high

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Pro baseball roundup: Susac sends Sacramento to a rare loss

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

.

Features

.

Arts

‘Transcendence’: A whole new level of tedium

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
‘The Bloom’ paves way for Whole Earth Festival

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

DHS tribute to Tony Fields slated for April 25-26

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
UCD, city team up for Music on the Green

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

.

Business

Ford turns its Focus to domestic market

By Ali Arsham | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Friday, April 18, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A9

 
.

Real Estate Review

Featured Listing

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

Professional Services Directory

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

Lyon Real Estate

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

Jamie Madison

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Yolo FCU

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Acacia at Huntington Square

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

Travis Credit Union

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

Kim Eichorn

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

Suzanne Kimmel

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

Lynne Wegner

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

Kim Merrel Lamb

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

Chris Snow

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

Patricia Echevarria

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

Don Guthrie

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Andrew Dowling

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Sheryl Patterson

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

Julie Partain & Dick Partain

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

Heather Barnes

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

Malek Baroody

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

Karen Waggoner

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

Willowbank Park

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

Team Traverso

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

Julie Leonard

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

Tim Harrison

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

Tracy Harris

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

Lori Prizmich

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

Raul Zamora

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

Joe Kaplan

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

Coldwell Banker

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

Open House Map

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

F1rst Street Real Estate

By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20