By Thomas Oide,
The Davis High JV football team extended their three game winning streak to four by giving the Rio Americano Raiders a 35-6 thrashing.
The Blue Devils struck first, with sophomore quarterback Jack Beckman hitting freshman Tucker Fisk for an 11-yard scoring strike to put the Devils up 7-0—a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.
When the Raiders regained possession, they started to build momentum; steadily driving down the field. However, sophomore defensive back Will Bodendorfer turned the tides back in favor of DHS, intercepting a pass from the Rio Americano quarterback.
Bodendorfer’s pick put the ball back in the hands of star QB Beckman, who took full advantage of the change in possession.
With 35 seconds left in the first quarter, Beckman lofted a pass to sophomore wideout Mason Chupka, who caught the ball and took it 43 yards to pay dirt, putting the Devils up 14-0 after the first quarter.
On the Blue Devils’ next possession, Beckman showed off his athleticism in the red zone by scrambling outside of the pocket to score on a six-yard run. His run put the Devils up 21-0.
Beckman finished 7-9 for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and also scored the rushing touchdown. After struggling last week against Armijo, Beckman came into this week inspired and ready to play.
“(Last week’s performance) made me work harder during the week,” Beckman said. “We had solid practices, and we threw a lot during scrimmages, so I thought that helped us out a lot tonight.”
After using the air attack to put the game out of reach, the Blue Devils went to the ground to finish out the game.
Starting running back Cole Morse took a handoff and ran 32 yards for a touchdown, extending the Blue Devil lead to 28-0.
Then, Gabe McKinney scored on a 27 yard scoring run of his own to close out Davis scoring.
Despite the dominating win, the Blue Devils still have work to do, especially on their discipline. The Devils garnered 15 penalties for 147 yards.
“I’m still trying to come to grips with all the penalties, and how much of that was just we were unfocused,” head coach Mike Satre said. “Something was off in that area, I’m not sure what it was.”
Next week, the Blue Devils will face cross-county rival Woodland High School.
“I’m expecting another hard-fought game,” Satre said. “I mean, those guys view this game as a big rivalry. So do we. (Woodland) will be extra fired up for us, so we’re going to need to be ready for that.”