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Wildcat Football Preview: Stetson

by | Oct 24, 2018 | Sports

The Cats host Stetson at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Wear your RED Davidson attire for the “Red Out Richardson” game.


DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson returns home for a Pioneer Football League clash with Stetson University Saturday, Oct. 27. Kick off from Richardson Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.

Saturday’s event will be the annual Red out Richardson Game! The first 500 fans will receive a Red Out t-shirt. Also be sure to check out the wrestling team at the tailgate for the Alumni Duals!

The Hatters snapped the series tie last season in DeLand, taking a 5-4 all-time edge over the Wildcats. The two first met in 1912 and again for three games in the 1950’s. After removing the program for decades, the Hatters football program returned in 2013 and have played Davidson every season since.

Davidson dropped its second straight game for the first time this season, falling in double overtime at Marist, 48-41. Sophomore running back Wesley Dugger scored 3 times in the first half and reached the end zone 4 times overall. Dugger is the first Wildcat since Justin Williams in 2007 to rush for 4 touchdowns in a game. The Wildcats built a 17-point lead in the third frame (34-17) with a James Story scoring scamper, his fourth straight game with a touchdown. Junior linebacker Tony Collins led the defense with 7 total tackles, while classmate corner back Rayshawn McCall made 6 stops, 5 of them solo efforts. Davidson picked off a pair of Red Fox passes, freshman Dreylan Hines recorded his third of the year and linebacker TJ Elliott got his second. The ‘Cats now have 10 picks in 2018.

Like the up-and-coming Wildcats, Stetson (5-1, 3-1 PFL) is on the upswing following a slow three-year stint that saw them compile a 4-20 conference record. The Hatters already have three PFL wins, the most since they finished 3-5 in 2014, their best ever finish. Leading the charge is quarterback Colin McGovern and tight end Donal Parham. McGovern ranks third in the league with 241.5 passing yards and has tossed 12 touchdowns. Parham see’s about half that action, going for 118.6 yards a game and scoring 6 times this season. Steven Burdette is another viable scoring option, catching 32 passes, 7 for touchdowns.

Davidson took a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter, but a two-touchdown final frame pushed the Hatters to victory, 28-14, last October in DeLand. Tyler Phelps rushed for a pair of scores, while Trevor Smith converted on a 22-yard field goal. The final dagger of the game was a 95-yard scoring scamper from Stetson’s Gordon Stetson with 57 seconds left. Phelps completed 20 of 33 passes for 186 yards and an interception. Wesley Dugger rushed 27 times for 160 yards, while William Wicks caught 7 passes for 97 yards.

Fans can connect directly with the Davidson Football staff on Facebook (, Twitter (@DavidsonFB) and Instagram (@DavidsonFootball). Head coach Scott Abell is on Twitter and can be found at @Scott_AbellFB.

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