Wildcat Football Hosts Presbyterian in PFL Home Opener
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson Football will welcome the Presbyterian Blue Hose in the inaugural ‘Carolina Border Clash’ in the Wildcats’ PFL home opener on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Richardson Stadium.
Not only does Saturday feature the opportunity to be the first winners of the 1919 Cup, it is also a chance for either team to gain the advantage in the dead-even 15-15-2 all-time series.
The football program, alongside junior linebacker Jaden Pask, is also hosting a fundraiser for Save a Warrior, an organization that aims to help veterans who struggle with mental health and PTSD. Visit this link for more information.
Davidson’s matchup against Presbyterian marks the annual Black Out Richardson game. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a “Black Out” t-shirt.
|GAME 5 – DAVIDSON vs PRESBYTERIAN|
|Date||Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021|
|Game Notes||Davidson | PFL | Stetson|
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|Live Video||Davidson All-Access|
|The Coach’s Corner||Week 7|
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Davidson and Presbyterian first met in 1919. The winner of the first Carolina Border Clash will take home bragging rights to the 1919 Cup in honor of that first game.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Coy Williams rushed for three scores and Davidson erased an early 14-point deficit to rally past Stetson, 35-28, with their third straight win over the Hatters.
After the Hatters took a 7-0 lead on their first possession, Davidson responded immediately with a 9-yard run by Williams into the end zone to tie the game. Stetson would find their way to a 21-7 advantage with just under five minutes left in the second quarter until Davidson once again made it a one-score game with another Williams’ touchdown. The senior capped off a 7-play, 84-yard drive with a 12-yard run of his own to notch his second score of the day.
In addition to finding the endzone three times, Williams rushed for 71 yards, while backfield mate Dylan Sparks put up 83 rushing yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Colosimo completed 5-of-7 passes for 96 yards and added 58 rushing yards on eight carries.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Stetson tied the game 28-28 on a 5-yard pass from Justin Agner to Nezeviah Burris. Then, it was Wildcats’ ball with 8:46 remaining in the game. Davidson rushed the ball nine times on the final scoring drive, featuring a 33-yard run from sophomore Mark McCurdy and a one-yard run into the end zone from Sparks allowing Davidson to go back in front.
The Wildcats’ defense came up big down the stretch, including Jonathan Hammond’s second sack of the afternoon to end the game. In all, Davidson’s defense recorded six sacks, and 11 tackles for loss totaling 56 yards. Dreylan Hines led the way with eight tackles, with Miles Davis and Chibuike Odo behind him.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Following Davidson’s second bye week, they sit alone atop the PFL with their 3-1 overall record and are tied for the top spot in league play with Morehead St. and Marist.
Davidson has set the precedence for most sacks in a game with 9 takedowns against Stetson. Senior running back Coy Williams is tied for second-most points in a game with 18 and second-most touchdowns in a single game following his three TDs at Stetson. The Lumberton, Texas native has six rushing TDs this season, needing just one more to crack the top-10 all-time in Davidson football history.
Three Wildcats are in the top 10 rushing players in the PFL: Williams is averaging 70.75 yards per game, sophomore slot Mark McCurdy is averaging 59 yards per game and junior running back Dylan Sparks rounds out the top ten with 56.75 yards per game.
With the victory over San Diego this season, coach Scott Abell became the fastest coach in Davidson football history to reach 20 wins, doing it in 33 games. William Younger was the previous record holder when he reached 20 wins in 34 games.
Fans can connect directly with Davidson Football on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Davidson-Football), Twitter (@DavidsonFB) and Instagram (@DavidsonFootball). Head coach Scott Abell is on Twitter and can be found at @Scott_AbellFB.
THE COACH’S CORNER
Be sure to check out The Coach’s Corner with Scott Abell every Monday powered by Atrium Health. Coach Abell will discuss the previous week and look ahead to the upcoming opponent, giving fans an inside look at the Wildcat football program.
The Wildcats hit the road for a mid-season matchup against the Butler Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 23 in Indianapolis, Ind.