Wildcat Football Closes Out Regular Season Against Drake Saturday
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson Wildcats (7-2, 6-1) close out the regular season against the Drake Bulldogs (2-7, 1-5) on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Richardson Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 pm. Saturday’s matchup gives the Wildcats the chance to clinch the PFL for the second time in six months and back-to-back for the first time in program history.
The program will honor their 19 seniors in a pre-game celebration. Recognition begins at 12:40 pm with seniors will walk on the field with members of their family. They are Jake Alexander, Nick Baker, Louis Colosimo, Miles Davis, Cole Foley, Wyatt Hall, Dreylan Hines, Jalen Jefferson, Gunnar Leyendecker, Khalil Miller, Chibuike Odo, Evan Pritchard, Jordan Reed, Jackson Sherrard, Tyler Solomon, Jalen Staples, Cade Vela and Coy Williams.
During the game, Davidson Promotions Team will be giving away four items, one giveaway per quarter. Giveaways include a $100 College Store Gift Card, Beats Studio Buds Headphones, JBL Bluetooth Speaker, and a 42″ HD Roku Smart TV. One prize will be given away each quarter. Other giveaways throughout the game will include Davidson gear, Wildcat socks, decals, wireless chargers and more.
Fans can get half price tickets to the game vs. Drake online with the promo code “OURTEAM.” Show your ticket from the football game to get free admission to the women’s basketball game vs. High Point at 6:00 pm on Saturday.
|GAME 8 – DAVIDSON VS DRAKE|
|Date||Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021|
|Game Notes||Davidson | PFL | Dayton|
|#HashTag||#WE #TAC #CatsAreWild|
|The Coach’s Corner||Week 12|
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Davidson has not defeated Drake since 2007, their only win against the Bulldogs. Drake holds a 9-1 advantage in the all-time series.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
With a win, Davidson clinches the PFL for the second year in a row. The FCS rushing yards leader sits 10th overall in scoring offense, putting up 37.1 points per game. The Wildcats sit fourth in passing efficiency in the FCS (164.42). Louis Colosimo has completed 52 of 83 passing attempts, thrown for 839 yards for 10 touchdowns, and scored two rushing touchdowns. Jackson Sherrard has caught five touchdown passes and Dylan Sparks and Coy Williamslead the team in rushing yards with 732 and 675 yards, respectively. Sparks has scored 8 touchdowns behind Williams’ 13.
Jonathan Hammond leads the Wildcat defense with 56 total tackles, 12 of those for a loss of 70 yards including 9.5 sacks. Seniors Jake Alexander, Miles Davis, Dreylan Hines and Jalen Jefferson are right behind him. Three juniors each have a game with two picks. They are Yusef Thomas, Brian Jacobs and Chris Panko.
IN THE FCS
Coy Williams: T-8th, Rushing TDs (13); T-10th, Total TDs (13); 35th, Rush Yards/Carry (5.41)
Jonathan Hammond: T-7th, Sacks (9.5)
Dylan Sparks: 42nd, Rushing Yards (721)
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a strong performance by the Davidson offense and a late second-half comeback attempt, the Wildcats fell to the Dayton Flyers Saturday, 38-29.
Running back Dylan Sparks rushed for 130 yards on 18 carries, his second 100+ yard rushing game, and added a touchdown. Quarterback Louis Colosimo completed 10 of 23 passes and rushed for 86 yards, while Kellyn West made three catches for 42 yards.
Dayton took a quick 7-0 lead, but the Wildcats and Sparks marched down the field with the junior scoring a 28-yard touchdown. A Davidson penalty pushed the PAT back to the 18-yard line and the wind took Caden Bonoffski’s attempt wide left. Dayton held a slight 7-6 lead.
The Wildcats forced a three-and-out after a Jonathan Hammond sack and the Flyers settled for a field goal on their next drive, leading 10-6.
Halfway through the second quarter, Dayton extended their lead to 17-6, but not for long. Davidson capped off a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 26-yard touchdown run by Aris Hilliard, on his way to an 80-yard rushing effort. ‘Cats ended the half on a 37-yard Bonoffski field goal to bring it within one, 17-16.
Dayton scored twice in as many drives to end the third quarter and start the fourth. On Davidson’s first drive of the fourth, running back Coy Williams scored his 13th touchdown of the season, leaving Dayton with a 31-23 advantage with 9:12 left in the game.
It was ‘Cats’ ball with four minutes left in the game, Colosimo escaped the pocket and ran it 49 yards to the house. The Flyers stopped the two-point conversion to make it a 38-29 ballgame before the final horn sounded.
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THE COACH’S CORNER
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