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Help is on the way for Devil football team

By November 9, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

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Sports people love talking about people on teams or in programs being on the same page.

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But it isn\’t always a good idea. The folks looking at those pages often are at different points in their careers, different ages, or just learning how to read.

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Now that the Davis High football season is over, it\’s clear that everyone in our city who is playing the game, while not necessarily on the same page, is reading the same book.

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Sure, the varsity Blue Devils struggled through a horrific 1-9 fall. But it was stirring at moments, how the undermanned, outsized locals never gave up.

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Small solace, however, to fans who want to see DHS roll once again.

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Well, don\’t be too concerned. Help is on the way. First-year Devil coach Steve Smyte knew what he was getting into when he signed up for the driver\’s seat. He just didn\’t know the position would come five months late, and in panic mode.

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He also had no idea that the center of his solar system (Courtney Williams) would be injured all year … or that the Moons of Williams would start dropping like flies.

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These were the times that tried mens\’ souls. But the Blue Devils came out the other side, better for the experience. And now comes the help …

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On Saturday, the Davis Junior Blue Devil Youth Tackle Football program sent its four upper-division teams to the Sacramento championships. The two older teams — Midgets and Junior Midgets — emerged with crowns.

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But who knows what will happen over the years? Davis has a lot of different ways to entertain our kids. Because most sports are year-round commitments these days, our younger athletes will soon be asked to make a decision.

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Because football is fun again, because football is winning at the lower levels, and because football has an ultimate vision forming at the high school, the sport is once again a choice in town.

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It might be too early to circle names like Beckman, Fisk, Aguirre, Bell, Morse or that Quinn Williams kid for gridiron stardom, but so far, so good.

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In freshman and junior varsity ranks, there were flashes of brilliance that portend new standouts, depth and great enthusiasm.

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Names like MacDonald, Hicks, Roberson, Duer and Hawkins. These guys aren\’t divided in their attention. Football drives them, and the Blue Devil program will be well-served by their presence next season.

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It\’s with a hat off to Smyte, his staff and Al Inouye — the driving force behind the emergence of the Davis youth program — that this moment at the Grant game this year (a 56-0 Devil loss), says it all.

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Smyte, talking to Pacer coaches afterwards, said the following:

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“I\’m sorry we didn\’t give you a better game this year. Next year will be better, I promise. The year after that, we\’re coming after you.”

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Bold, true. But Smyte feels it. And the community should, too.

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After all, help\’s on the way.

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— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or (530) 747-8047. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com. To view and purchase Blue Devil sports photos, visit http://davisenterprise.zenfolio.com

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