Football Heads to Butler for Saturday Game
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Following their PFL-record setting win over Presbyterian, the Davidson Wildcats (4-1, 3-0) are looking to stay undefeated at Butler in their first matchup of a two-game road swing. Butler (2-5, 0-4) currently sits last in the PFL, most recently falling to Morehead State, 31-8.
|GAME 6 – DAVIDSON AT BUTLER|
|Date||Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021|
|Stadium||Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl|
|Game Notes||Davidson | PFL | Butler|
|#HashTag||#WE #TAC #CatsAreWild|
|Live Video||Butler Athletics|
|The Coach’s Corner||Week 8|
|Social Media||Twitter | Instagram | Facebook|
The Wildcats have a two-game win streak over the Bulldogs and hold a slight 7-6 advantage in the all-time series. Their win over Butler in 2018 gave Davidson its first winning season since 2007 as the Wildcats stopped Butler on four plays inside the 3-yard line in the final 53 seconds, including on a make-or-break run play from the 3 as time expired. The last matchup in 2019 featured Wesley Dugger’s record setting performance and a 52-10 win.
LAST TIME OUT
The Davidson Wildcats scored the program’s Pioneer League-best 70 points with a 70-35 win over Presbyterian. With the win, the Wildcats claimed the 1919 Cup in the inaugural Carolina Border Clash. It’s also the Wildcats’ second straight 3-0 start in Pioneer Football League play. Davidson joined the PFL in 2001 and its previous high scoring total in PFL play was 53 at Stetson in 2018, Scott Abell‘s first season as head coach.
Davidson totaled 502 yards of offense, scoring 10 touchdowns, including seven of at least 26 yards. The longest scoring plays came on back-to-back second-quarter drives, when Louis Colosimo hit Jackson Sherrard for a 64-yard touchdown pass over the top and followed with a weaving 71-yard touchdown run of his own, making it 28-8.
Running back Coy Williams ran for three scores for the second time this year, including runs of one and two yards to cap the Wildcats’ first two drives, and a 29-yard touchdown to make it 35-16 with 3:39 left in the second quarter. In the third, Dylan Sparks scored on a 27-yard run, and Colosimo hit Mark McCurdy and Sherrard on scoring plays of 26 and 27 yards, respectively, as the Wildcats pushed their lead to 34.
Aris Hilliard’s 12-yard scoring run came 55 seconds into the fourth, and safety Dreylan Hines got in on the scoring action as well, providing the Wildcats’ final score with a 56-yard interception return with 9:27 to play, his first college touchdown.
Defensive end Jonathan Hammond led the way with 11 tackles and two sacks.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Following Davidson’s win over Presbyterian, they sit alone atop the PFL with their 4-1 overall record and are tied for the top spot in league play with Morehead St. and Marist for the second week in a row. All three teams are undefeated. Davidson leads the FCS in rushing, averaging exactly 300.0 yards per game with a total of 1500 rush yards through the season.
Williams leads the PFL in conference games in overall points scored with 36 and in touchdowns scored with nine so far this season. The Lumberton, Texas native sits fifth in the FCS in rushing touchdowns. He has also cracked the top-ten in Davidson All-Time history with those nine touchdowns. He is tied for fourth all-time with Barrett Johnson. The PFL Defensive Player of the Week Hammond’s sits seventh in the FCS overall in sacks and leads Davidson with six sacks and eight TFLs. Jake Alexander has recorded the most tackles for the Wildcat defense with 32.
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 will complete their road-swing with a trip to Morehead State on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.