With a challenging tournament coming up this weekend, the Davis High boys water polo team did not fall into the trap of overlooking Wednesday’s road match at Franklin.
Playing at Wackford Pool in Elk Grove, the Blue Devils used all of their players and all of them were effective in a 24-3 blowout.
It was a DHS scoring party as the Devils (8-2) jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first quarter and were ahead 22-1 through three periods.
Derek Tully poured in six goals for the locals, who also got hat tricks from Chad Prizmich, Alex Borowsky, Zac Anderson and a pair of tallies from Graham Fullerton. Garrett Fisk, Connor Stapleton, Sam Burke, Jack Blattner, Tyler Ujifusa, Conrad McCarthy and Valente Dolcini added single goals.
Next up for Davis is the S & R Sport Cup in Irvine and a tournament-opening matchup with fourth-ranked Corona Del Mar. The event features 16 top teams from throughout the state including Miramonte and Sacred Heart, the top two NorCal squads and several highly ranked Southern California schools.
Still battling injuries — Hayley Mitchel was forced to withdraw after four holes on Wednesday — the Blue Devils nonetheless gave Franklin a run for the top spot in the second Delta Valley Conference tournament.
The Wildcats eventually edged DHS, 447-451, in a competitive event at The Reserve in Stockton.
Emily Masiel shot an 80 to pace the Devils, which put her third in the overall standings, just ahead of fourth-place teammate Kaity Honeychurch 85. Other DHS scores included River Xiang (91), Casey Harris (94) and Yubin Oh (101).
Davis coach Rhonda Mohr said she’s hopeful that Mitchel will return next Thursday when the Blue Devils host DVC No. 3 at Wildhorse.