By Alexandra Zurborg,
With a week full of wacky dress-up days, a fun-filled pep rally, and the annual homecoming parade, it all comes down to the ultimate test for the Davis High varsity football team’s game against Franklin High Friday night.
“Franklin is a good football team. They have great speed and are athletic on both sides of the ball. It will be a great test for us against a very good program that has a history of success,” coach Stephen Smyte said.
Davis enters the match-up with four wins and four losses compared to Franklin’s 2-6 overall record. Despite the differences in their outcomes, Davis is very cognizant of the challenge that lies ahead and is looking forward to the opportunity to face that obstacle head on.
Blue Devil players to watch for this Friday’s matchup are junior Taylor Vaughn with rushing stats averaging 159.8 yards per game and sophomore Zach Brooks and his standard 10 tackles per game. Franklin players to keep a close eye on include junior running back Josiah Allen, who leads his team averaging 74.1 rushing yards and junior Reagan Fonbuena with just over an average of eight tackles per game.
The excitement of homecoming invigorates the players.
“This is the game where you have the most fans. It’s a completely different atmosphere and probably one of the most fun games,” senior Chris Plasterer said.
Nerves tend to be a significant factor for the players. Plasterer said that compared to other games, more fans show up and stay longer since it is a considerable event in the community.