By Eton Tuttle,
The Davis High football team took down visiting Edison High 36-0 in its home opener on Friday, Sept. 18, to the delight of Blue Devil faithfuls who had been anxiously awaiting the return of gridiron action.
Senior Cole Morse did not let the crowd down, leading the offensive attack by accumulating 101 total rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the contest. Morse also got a receiving touchdown from senior quarterback Jack Beckman.
After the first Morse TD, the DHS offense became stagnant. As the first half drew to a close, the Blue Devils still held their seven-point margin over the visiting Vikings.
Although the 7-0 lead at halftime was all the defense needed–they shutout Edison and applied vicious pressure throughout the course of the game–it was not enough for coach John Wiley.
“We started off slow but finished strong. I was impressed by the behavior [the team] took at halftime. They listened to the instruction the coaches gave, and came out and executed,” Wiley said.
The Blue Devils clearly took the halftime meeting to heart, reaching Edison’s end zone three times in the third period to put the game out of reach. Morse continued to put on a show, scoring twice, and junior Ismael Perez added a 9-yard rushing touchdown of his own.
To cap off the scoring and a great evening of Blue Devil football, Beckman delivered another TD pass, this time to sophomore Jack Hoal, pushing the score to 36-0.
Beckman finished the night five of eight on passing, along with two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Hoal and junior Hunter Jury each had an interception.
The Blue Devils (now 2-1) will travel to Elk Grove High next Friday to face off against the Thundering Herd in the first league game of the year.