November 27: Wildcat Football Team Day in Davidson
Tuesday night, the Davidson Town Board took time at the beginning of their meeting to recognize the accomplishments of the Davidson Football team. The Board specifically highlighted the Wildcats upcoming appearance in the FCS Playoffs as the winners of the Pioneer Football League Fall 2021 season. COVID gave the Wildcats the rare opportunity to be two-time champions in one calendar year.
After Mayor Rusty Knox read the proclamation (full text below) he and the commissioners talked about this year’s team, as well as the history Wildcat football and their last post-season appearance. Commissioner Jim Fuller, a former Davidson football player himself, noted that former Commissioner Sandy Carnegie was a member of the 1969 team that went to Tangerine Bowl. Rusty said his cousin was on that team as well.
Coach Scott Abell reacted to the news of the proclamation by saying “We are truly honored that Saturday November 27 is Wildcat Football Day. I can’t wait to share this with the team and WE are grateful for all the support.”
The News of Davidson team wishes the Wildcats well as they take on the Kennesaw Owls.
Honoring the Davidson Wildcat Football Team
WHEREAS, on November 20, 2021 the Davidson Football team defeated the Drake Bulldogs with a final score of 45-14 in their last game of the 2021 season; and
WHEREAS, this home field victory earned the Wildcats the Pioneer Football League title – their second in 2021. The ‘Cats won their first PFL Title playing this spring in a COVID-altered season and traveled to Jacksonville State University to play in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) post-season; and
WHEREAS, that April 2021 post-season appearance was the Wildcats first such appearance since 1969 when they played in the Tangerine Bowl; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Wildcats’ Football team are scholar-athletes at Davidson College, not simply “players.” They excel in the classroom, as well as on the turf; and
WHEREAS, Head Coach Scott Abell and his entire team of coaches have led and mentored this amazing team of scholar-athletes since they arrived on campus for workouts in August. The Wildcats are the top rushing offense in the country, averaging 348.4 yards per game; and
WHEREAS, each and every week nearly 100 players dress out as members of the Davidson Wildcat Football team – roughly 5% of the entire student body. Their impact is felt on and off the turf – with many of the football scholar-athletes donating their time and talents to our community nonprofits; and
WHEREAS, defensive player, senior Chibuike “ChiChi” Odo epitomizes that community involvement. He has been named a finalist in the Allstate “Good Works” team – one of 22 players named from NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA schools. Odo named the Ada Jenkins Center as the nonprofit recipient of the Allstate and American Football Coaches Association donation; and
WHEREAS, later this week, the Wildcats will travel to Kennesaw State University to play the Owls in the first round of the FCS Playoffs on Saturday, November 27. They are one of just 24 teams invited to the FCS Playoffs.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rusty Knox, Mayor of Davidson and the Board of Commissioners do hereby proclaim November 27, 2021 as Wildcat Football Team Day in Davidson. We encourage all Davidson residents to cheer on the Wildcats as they make their second FCS appearance in 2021. Go ‘Cats!
Signed this 23rd Day of November 2021.