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Wildcat Football Hits the Road for Matchup at Dayton

by | Nov 10, 2021

Junior Aris Hilliard drags a St. Thomas player with him as he gains more yardage on the play.


DAVIDSON, N.C. – Coming off their seventh straight win, the Davidson Wildcats (7-1, 6-0) head to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Flyers (5-4, 4-3) in a noon matchup at Welcome Stadium. Saturday’s game presents Davidson with the opportunity to clinch a share of the PFL title.



Date   Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021
Kickoff   12:00 P.M.
Location   Dayton, Ohio
Stadium   Welcome Stadium
Capacity   11,000
Game Notes   Davidson | PFL | Dayton
#HashTag   #WE #TAC #CatsAreWild
Live Stats   StatBroadcast
Live Audio
Live Video   Dayton Facebook Live
The Coach’s Corner    Week 11
Social Media   Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Dayton holds a 12-2 advantage over Davidson in the all-time series. The last matchup in 2018 resulted in a Flyers victory, 42-21 in Ohio. This would be the first victory over the Flyers for the Wildcats since the 2006 season.

The Wildcats currently hold a 6-0 conference record for the first time in program history and once again are leading the FCS in rushing yards (2642) and rushing touchdowns (31).

The wealth has been spread amongst the offense, led by QB Louis Colosimo who has been named to the 2021 CFPA Midseason Watch List. The Sarasota, Fla. native has completed 42 of 60 pass attempts for 721 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Backs Coy Williams and Dylan Sparks have rushed over 600 yards, averaging over 70 rush yards per game. Williams has scored 12 rushing touchdowns, slowly working his way up the Davidson Football record books, currently in fifth place.

15 different Wildcats have scored this season, and eight have recorded more than one touchdown.

Defensively, Jonathan Hammond and Jake Alexander have combined for 93 tackles. Hammond’s 8.5 sacks this season put him tied for fourth all-time in Davidson football record books. Three juniors – Yusef Thomas, Chris Panko and Brian Jacobs – have had two interceptions each in the same game to combine for six of 10 takeaways by the Wildcat defense.

The Davidson Wildcats controlled the clock and moved the football all afternoon in a 42-15 win over St. Thomas.

Led by backs Dylan Sparks (22 carries, 122 yards), Aris Hilliard (8 carries, 89 yards) and Coy Williams (12 carries, 76 yards), the Wildcats rushed for 392 yards on 65 carries, averaging more than six yards a tote. Williams’ 37-yard scoring run at the 10:56 mark of the first quarter capped an eight-play, 75-yard opening drive, and the Wildcats were off and rolling.

Hilliard scored on runs of 3 and 22 yards in the second half, and Sparks ran for a 22-yard score in the fourth quarter. And Davidson finished with a 38:14 to 21:46 advantage in time of possession, including 24:40 to 5:20 in the first half.

Quarterback Louis Colosimo was efficient in the passing game, completing nine of 10 attempts for 141 yards. He connected with Jackson Sherrard on a 3-yard score in the first quarter to make it 14-0 and with Jalen Staples for a 19-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Wildcats their 21-7 halftime lead. He also found Lucas Raber on a 72-yard third-down pass that set up Sparks’ touchdown.

Davidson converted 12 of 16 third-down plays and both of its fourth-down attempts.

Safety Brian Jacobs intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to help seal it. Linebacker Jalen Jefferson registered a sack, and linebacker Yusef Thomas had a team-best seven stops.

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

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.

Davidson returns to Richardson Stadium for their final regular season game against Drake on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1 pm.

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