By Averi Brayton,
On Friday, Nov. 8, students and parents dressed in blue flooded the stands of the Ron and Mary Brown stadium to support the Davis High varsity football team in their first game of the CIF Sac-Joaquin section playoffs against Gregori High.
The game ended with the score of 41-7, in favor of the Blue Devils, fresh off their win over Cosumnes Oaks on Nov. 1, earning the title of Delta League Champions — a title they have not had for 25 years.
After a turnover on downs on the Jaguars opening drive, the scoring for DHS began almost immediately with a touchdown by senior Payne Barksdale. However, Davis was unable to make the extra point, leaving the score at 6-0.
A scoop-and-score by junior linebacker Zach Brooks made on a fumble by the Gregori quarterback, added another six for the Blue Devils, and after completing the extra point, Davis was ahead 13-0.
Another scoring opportunity arose for DHS when senior Joey Asta caught a 50-plus yard pass downfield to score a touchdown, but it was called back due to an “illegal man downfield”.
In the second quarter, the scoring did not stop. Junior quarterback Luke Carrell threw a 26-yard pass to Barksdale in the end zone, widening DHS’s lead to 20-0.
Before the first half was over, Gregori pushed to make their only touchdown of the game, a two-yard run by senior Tony Davis, leaving the score 20-7 at halftime.
The third quarter began just as the first and second quarters had, as senior running back Taylor Vaughn made a 34-yard carry to the two yard line. The following play, Vaughn was in the end zone, making the score 27-7, after senior kicker Teddy Oldham completed the extra point.
After another turnover on downs by the Jaguar offense due to a quarterback sack by senior Sebastian Tamayo giving the ball back to Carrell’s hands, senior Ben Busano caught a 42-yard pass for a touchdown, making the score 34-7.
In the fourth quarter, junior Aaron Turner finished up the scoring spree for Davis, carrying the ball in for a 34-yard touchdown, leaving the final score 41-7.
Davis advances to the next round of playoffs and will take on the Inderkum Tigers next Friday, Nov. 15 at Inderkum High in Sacramento.
Tamayo thinks the next game, “will definitely be a tough one. Inderkum is a solid team…it’ll definitely be a war but one that I think we can win.”