Davidson Downs Shaw 28-26 in Football Home Opener
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson opened its 2021 home slate with a 28-26 victory over in-state foe Shaw Saturday night inside Richardson Stadium.
The Wildcats recorded a total 310 rushing yards with senior running back Coy Williams leading the way with 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Williams put the ‘Cats up 14-0 in the first quarter with his two rushing touchdowns. The Lumberton, Texas native and running back Dylan Sparks ran for a combined 143 yards and three touchdowns.
Shaw got on the board right before halftime, cutting Davidson’s 14-0 lead in half. The Bears looked to tie the game two minutes into the third quarter, but senior linebacker Jake Alexander deflected the PAT to keep the Bears at bay, 14-13.
Sparks found the end zone in the third quarter to give the ‘Cats a 21-13 lead off an 11-play, 83-yard drive featuring a 31-yard rush from sophomore slot Mark McCurdy and two 10-yard gains from junior slot receivers Bradyn Oakley and Aris Hilliard. McCurdy finished the night with 51 rush yards.
Later in the quarter, sophomore quarterback Elijah Burrell connected with senior tight end Jackson Sherrard for a 28-yard touchdown pass that extended Davidson’s lead to 15. Burrell would complete four of six passing attempts for 54 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears fought back within two points with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns with just under a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter. Their 2-point conversion attempt to tie the game was unsuccessful when running back Sidney Gibbs’ pitch to wide receiver Elliot Dangerfield was off the mark.
Shaw quarterback Christian Peters completed 19 of 31 throws for 196 yards and three touchdowns and running back Sidney Gibbs for 110 yards.
FROM COACH ABELL…
On the first win of the season…
“Certainly, your first win of your season is usually one of the toughest wins. It was a gut wrencher, but I’m proud of our guys. We certainly made a lot of mistakes and we’ve got to clean up, specifically the turnovers, but at the end of the day, to get this win, we gutted it out the way we gut it out. I’ll say this – Shaw is a really talented football team. They can run, they played a different quarterback this week that we hadn’t seen in week one; a very athletic kid who had a great night. I think that caught us defensively off guard a little bit, but I am really happy with that first win of the season. We’ll get some momentum and get ready for PFL season.”
On the crowd…
“They were a great factor. What a great home crowd and everyone out there listening, man, you’ve got two weeks to rest up and save your energy because San Diego is coming to town.”
Davidson will be back at Richardson Stadium on Sept. 25 to take on conference foe San Diego in a Saturday midday matchup.