Tuesday, March 31, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Pacers power past Blue Devil footballers

By
From page B1 | November 03, 2013 |

1103dhsfootball3W

UCD quarterback Emilio Barba is hit by a Grant defender as he throws a pass in the Blue Devils' 38-0 loss to the Pacers on Friday at Brown Stadium. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Last week, the Davis High football team used a huge scoring outburst near the end of the second quarter to take control of the game.

This week, the Blue Devils got a taste of their own medicine from the formidable Grant Pacers in a 38-0 loss on Friday at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium.

The Pacers scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, two of them in the final 1:30 of the first half, and used a stellar defensive performance to put a chokehold on DHS for the remainder of the Delta Valley Conference game.

Fast forward to the second quarter after a scoreless first.

Grant (6-3, 3-1) drove down to the Davis 41, but the Devil defense was able to force the Pacers into a fourth-and-5 situation.

The locals’ struggle with penalties came out of remission as DHS (5-4, 1-3) jumped offside, giving Grant a fresh set of downs.

“Mistakes will kill you. That’s really about it,” said Blue Devil head coach Marc Hicks. “You cannot, we cannot. … win with mistakes. I thought we played them pretty tough. But when you have six, seven offensive penalties … I’m sorry. You can’t win like that.”

Four plays and 29 yards later, standout running back Deandre Whittington-Grays plowed his way into the end zone from 1-yard out, putting the Pacers up 7-0.

On Davis’ ensuing drive, another fourth-down situation — a fourth-and-1 on the Grant 27 — was botched because of a Devil penalty. The false-start led to a turnover on downs and was one of the the locals’ 10 penalties for 120 yards.

“For offense, when they jump offside, the worst part about it is that they know the count. Then why are we jumping?” Hicks said.

Although DHS wasted that opportunity, with 1:26 left in the first half it looked like the Blue Devils were going to go into intermission down by just a touchdown.

But good teams can turn things around in a flash; and Grant proved just that in the final minute and a half.

Following the turnover on downs, Whittington-Grays powered his way for a 15-yard gain. Then, quarterback Donovan Brown found wideout Ariyon Huff on a seam route, and Huff went the distance for a 55-yard score.

And, after Davis gave the ball right back with a fumble on the kickoff return, the Pacers weren’t done.

This time it was running back Zay Cato who ran for the TD, capping off Grant’s second quarter scoring spree and putting the Devils down 21-0 at the half.

“You know I thought we went out there and played as hard as we possibly could have played,” said DHS defensive coordinator Ty Brown. “It wasn’t for lack of effort. Again, we made a few too many mistakes on defense and they were able to break some long plays. But (Grant) is a top quality program, and to knock them off you’re going to have to fight ‘em. I though we went out there (Friday) and fought hard.”

When the Pacers came out for the second half, they showed no signs of slowing down. Whittington-Grays — who finished with 120 yards on the day — capped off a 69-yard drive by breaking five tackles on a 39-yard scoring jaunt, to make the score 28-0.

Then, after a field goal, Grant closed out the scoring with Malik Goss-Pruitt’s 7-yard TD.

The Blue Devils, however, still have one more chance to get a sixth win and become playoff eligible — Friday’s season finale at Elk Grove. To knock off one of the top five teams in the section, DHS must clean up the penalties.

And against Grant, Hicks thought that his team stayed competitive despite the mistakes. Running back Winfred Roberson ran for 63 yards to go over 700 for the season (749 with seven TDs) and Eli Castro, a standout on defense, continued his offensive contributions catching three passes from quarterback Emilio Barba for 20 yards.

“I don’t think we threw that game away,” Hicks said. “I think penalties will kill you, and again, I always bring up my Oakland Raiders. They’re a great team, but if you have penalties, it doesn’t work.”

Notes: Friday’s game was Senior Night for the Devils, who honoring the 18 seniors on the team. The DHS 12th-graders and their families walked through a tunnel made of the rest of the team and posed for a picture. Injured senior receiver C.K. Hicks even suited up in full pads for his last outing at Brown Stadium and second-to-last game playing for his dad.

— Reach Thomas Oide at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterThomas

Comments

comments

Thomas Oide

Thomas Oide is a senior at Davis High School, the editor-in-chief of the DHS student-run newspaper, The HUB, and a staff writer at 12thmanrising.com.
.

News

 
Special playground dedication slated

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
‘Old Autos’ at Hattie Weber Museum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Camp Shakespeare begins Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Davis tops list of best schools for the buck

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

Lenten giving project highlights climate justice

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
DCCNS plans open house April 8

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Parent-child open house previews new Waldorf classes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Summer garden alert!

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Poker tourney benefits DMTC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Davis FFA and ag students host plant sale

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

Parenting class meets Tuesdays

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
RSVP for Gerber Young Community Leader reception

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Neighbors invited to adopt Willow Creek Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Yolo animal shelter seeks donations

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

Move over, Muggles

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A5

 
Pence Gallery recruiting volunteers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Tour de Cluck has selected its coops

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
City extends nomination period for Huynh Awards

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

CBH hosts Passover Community Potluck Seder

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Meeting examines Northstar Pond priorities

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
.

Forum

Why can’t we be friends?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
.

Sports

UC Davis plays 7 of next 8 softball games at home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Over the years, The Show has been a reach for Davis

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

UC Davis opens hopeful spring football camp

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
A very palpable hit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sleiffer leads Aggie tennis win versus Montana

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Grizzlies beat Kings to end three-game skid

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

Snubbed Temple, returning Stanford highlight NIT semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
.

Features

.

Arts

30 years of dance in Davis with Pamela Trokanski

By Chloe Lessard | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Jane Lynch performance rescheduled to August

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Hear some April Fool’s night jazz

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Dance the night away at house party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ a delightful family show

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Mischief to play at Picnic in the Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Yolo Mambo will play at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Thursday Live! plans a blues party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7