By Owen Musgrove,
The Davis High football team beat Sheldon in front of the Homecoming crowd 38-10 on Oct. 9, with junior running back Ismael Perez breaking the Davis High rushing yards record.
Perez rushed for a total of 301 yards and two touchdowns, erasing an 8-year-old record of 274 rushing yards.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this kid,” coach Josh Reese said.
Perez stepped up in only his second starting game, following senior Cole Morse’s season-ending ACL tear. Perez set up the first score with a 40-yard carry in the first quarter and then drove it in from the 1-yard line.
Up 7 points going into the second, Devil senior quarterback Jack Beckman ran the ball in for another Davis score and followed up with a touchdown throw to junior tight end Tucker Fisk.
Halfway through the second quarter, Sheldon reached Davis’ 1-yard line but couldn’t handle the Devils’ defense–junior linebacker Austin Griffiths in particular was a key defensive player, with one interception, one fumble recovery and one sack–and had to settle for a field goal, making the score 21-3 at the half.
During the kickoff for the second half, Davis fumbled and Sheldon recovered on the 12-yard line, leading to the Huskies’ only touchdown of the game with a pass and an extra point, bringing the score to 21-10.
Later in the third quarter, Beckman threw to sophomore Will Smith for Smith’s first touchdown of the season, and a field goal from senior Matt Grabert put the Devils up 28-10.
Grabert added another field goal in the final quarter and Perrez added another touchdown, leaving the Devils with a 38-10 win over Sheldon.
“It was a good team effort,” coach Yijie Ge said. “We celebrate individual achievements as a team. Team first always.”
With the second home win of the season, Davis improved to 3-3 and 1-2 in the Delta League Conference.