Football to Host St. Andrews for Hometown Heroes Night
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson Football is hosting St. Andrews on Saturday, Sept. 17 in conjunction with Hometown Heroes Day. The team is hosting its second annual fundraiser – led by senior Jaden Pask – for Save A Warrior, a non-profit organization that aims to combat veteran and first-responder suicide rates.
Our hometown heroes – any military, firefighters, police officers, first responders and healthcare workers along with their families will receive free admission to the game.
JUST SAVE ONE
Family is important to Pask – his own family, his Davidson Football family, and his military family.
“Right now, around the world, my military family is in pain,” Pask said. “Every day there are roughly 19 soldiers that take their life because of PTSD induced suicide. The question I’ve been trying to answer since high school is how I can make a difference. Now that I have added another family since my time at Davidson – my Wildcat family – I feel as though I have the space and platform to make waves to correct this epidemic.”
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“My desire for starting the SAW initiative stems from being a family man. I can say with confidence that the person I am today, the growth of my character, the foundation of my morals, and confidence in my identity, has been adopted from the family I have around me. I’ve been blessed to have not only an amazing immediate family, but both my football and military families have been monumental in my development. Since I was very young, I was given the responsibility from my dad to step up in his absence, while on deployment, as the glue to our family. If my family is in pain, discomfort, or confused, I can’t help but try to resolve it.”
WHITE OUT RICHARDSON
Kickoff for the WHITE OUT against the Knights is set for 7 pm at Richardson Stadium.
|WEEK 2 – DAVIDSON vs. ST. ANDREWS
|Saturday, Sept. 17
|7 P.M. ET
|Smith Field at Richardson Stadium
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This is the first matchup between Davidson and St. Andrews.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Davidson (1-1) is looking for their second win of the season after defeating Barton, 37-17. The Wilcats are 5-0 in home openers under head coach Scott Abell‘s leadership and Davidson has now won its last seven home openers.
Redshirt senior Coy Williams leads the offense with 124 rushing yards and a touchdown, averaging 62 ypg. He now sits in eighth place on the all-time rushing list with 1,685. Senior Dylan Sparks now sits in sixth place all-time with 1,775 yards.
Additionally, Williams’ 26 career touchdowns sit 7th all-time. With one more, the redshirt senior will have the sixth most in Davidson history along with Richard Howell at 27.
Senior Jaden Pask is not only leading the initiative with Save a Warrior, he leads the ‘Cats with 15 total tackles, six of them solo. Daniel Carter has been a crucial member of defense recording 14 them solo, a pass break up, an interception and 1.5 TFLs.
‘CATS LAST TIME OUT
Davidson did most of its offensive damage on the ground, rushing for 403 yards — at 6.3 yards per rush — and pounded out a 15-play, 99-yard drive just before the first half ended to lead 27-14 at the break.
The Wildcats got an early boost from freshman T.J. Magee’s 97-yard kickoff return late in the first quarter, as his weaving right-to-left return made it 14-7. Dylan Sparks’ 8-yard touchdown run at the 9:39 mark of the second quarter put the Wildcats ahead 20-14 and for good, and Coy Williams’ 1-yard score 15 seconds before the half capped the 99-yard march, which followed a goal line stand — four plays inside the 3-yard line — by the Wildcats’ defense.
Defensive back Jaden Pask led the Wildcats with eight tackles, while defensive back Daniel Carter had six stops and an interception. Magee added a fourth-quarter interception to his kick return score, and defensive linemen Julian Rawlins and Ryan Moog registered sacks.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
St. Andrews are coached by Bob Curtin who is in his first season with the Knights, whose first football season was 2017. Coming into Saturday’s game, St. Andrews sits 0-3 on the season coming off a 1-10 season.
In their last game, the NAIA program put up 312 total offensive yards but five costly fumbles prevented any scoring momentum until the end of the fourth quarter with a TD catch by Marshall Chambe. The Knights dropped that contest to Cumberlands, 44-6.
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The Wildcats will defend the 1919 Cup in the second installment of the Border Clash as they head to Clinton, S.C. to face Presbyterian in a 1 pm matinee on Saturday, Sept. 24.