Football Hosts PFL Foe Stetson Saturday
2022 Record: 6-2 (4-1 PFL)
2021 Record: 8-3 (7-1 PFL)
Head Coach: Scott Abell
Davidson Record: 32-17, 5th year
Career Record: 71-41, 11th year
2022 Record: 3-4 (1-3 PFL)
2021 Record: 4-7 (2-6 PFL)
Head Coach: Brian Young
Stetson Record: 7-11, 2nd year
Career Record: Same
INSIDE THE SERIES
Series Record: Davidson leads, 7-6
First Meeting: Stetson W, (11/23/1912)
Last Meeting: Davidson W, 35-28 (10/2/21)
In Davidson: Davidson trails, 4-2
In Deland: Davidson leads, 5-2
Abell vs. Stetson: 3-1
1ST AND 10
- Coming off its week nine bye, Davidson returns to Richardson Stadium Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. kickoff against Stetson.
- The Wildcats enter 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Pioneer Football League action following a convincing 48-14 win at Drake on Oct. 22.
- Davidson’s first-ever win in Des Moines featured 510 offensive yards, including 355 on the ground, while converting 80 percent (12-of-15) on third down.
- Defensively, Davidson was led by junior Jonathan Hammond, who had a career day recording three sacks, while tying a single-game school record with five tackles for a loss,
- totaling 25 yards.
- In addition, his five tackles for a loss were the most by and FCS player this season and his three sacks were the most by a PFL player.
- Davidson is one of just two (Jackson State) FCS programs ranked in the Top-10 nationally in both total offense (10th) and total defense (8th).
- Saturday’s contest will be the 14th all-time meeting between the PFL foes with Davidson leading the series, 7-6, which includes three straight wins for the ‘Cats.
- Davidson is 12-5 in conference home games since Head Coach Scott Abell took over in 2018.
- The Wildcats have won eight straight PFL games at home and 11 consecutive overall.
SCOUTING THE HATTERS
- Picked to finish ninth in the Pioneer Football League Preseason Poll, Stetson enters 3-4 overall and 1-3 in league action following a 24-17 setback to Drake last Saturday.
- The Hatters lead the PFL and rank eighth nationally in passing offense, averaging 304 yards per game.
- Stetson has two receivers with over 500 yards receiving yards on the season — Quiton Lane (575 yards) and Nazeviah Burris (550 yards).
- The Hatters are scoring 27.0 points per game, but have turned it over 16 times in just seven games.
LAST TIME OUT | DAVIDSON 48, DRAKE 14 | OCT. 22, 2022
- The Davidson offense was productive and efficient once again Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats rolled to a 48-14 Pioneer Football League win over Drakeon Oct. 22, 2022.
- Davidson totaled 510 offensive yards Saturday, including 355 on the ground, and converted 80 percent (12-of-15) on third down.
- Wildcat rushers ran for 6.2 yards per carry, and when Davidson took to the air, the quarterback duo of Luke Durkin and Coulter Clelandcompleted nine of 11 passes to eight different receivers for a season-high four touchdowns and 155 yards.
- In all, five different players found the end zone for the ‘Cats, including two each from Mark McCurdy and Bernard Turner Jr.
- The Wildcats were just as impressive on the defensive side of the ball limiting the Bulldogs to just 233 total yards
- Davidson, which led 21-14 at the half, outscored Drake 27-0 in the second half capped off by a Christian Berry 52-yard touchdown reception from Cleland with 3:57 left in the game.
- Dylan Sparks, who went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career in the Wildcats’ win last weekend, led the way with 80 yards on 15 carries. McCurdy and Turner, Jr. had 64 yards each on just seven runs total.
- Defensively, Davidson was led by junior Jonathan Hammond, who had a career day recording three sacks, while tying a single-game school record with five tackles for a loss, totaling 25 yards.
LAST MEETING | DAVIDSON 35, STETSON 28 | OCT. 2, 2021
- Coy Williams rushed for three scores and Davidson erased an early 14-point deficit to rally past Stetson, 35-28, in Pioneer Football League at Spec Martin Stadium.
- After the Hatters took a 7-0 lead on their first possession, Davidson responded immediately in typical Wildcat fashion with a 26-yard gain from quarterback Louis Colosimo before Williams’ 9-yard run into the end zone tied the game at 7-7.
- Stetson would find its way to a 21-7 advantage with just under five minutes left in the second quarter until Davidson once again made it a one-score game with another Williams’ touchdown. The senior capped off a 7-play, 84-yard drive with a 12-yard run of his own to notch his second score of the day.
- For the second straight game, the Wildcats found their rhythm in the third quarter, outscoring the Hatters 14-0. Williams notched his third touchdown of the day and Colosimo connected with tight end Jackson Sherrard for a 14-yard pass that put Davidson back in front.
- In addition to finding the endzone three times, Williams rushed for 71 yards, while backfield mate Dylan Sparks put up 83 rushing yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Colosimo completed 5-of-7 passes for 96 yards and added 58 rushing yards on eight carries.
- Midway through the fourth quarter, Stetson tied the game 28-28 on a 5-yard pass from Justin Agner to Nezeviah Burris. Then, it was Wildcats’ ball with 8:46 remaining in the game.
- Davidson rushed the ball nine times on the final scoring drive, featuring a 33-yard run from sophomore Mark McCurdy and a one-yard run into the end zone from Sparks allowing Davidson to go back in front.
- In all, Davidson’s defense recorded six sacks, and 11 tackles for loss totaling 56 yards. Dreylan Hines led the way with eight tackles, with Miles Davis and Chibuike Odo behind him.
- The Wildcats will travel west for a 5 p.m. (ET) contest at conference rival San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 12.