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Final Football Game in Richardson Stadium, ‘Cats Fall to Flyers

by | Nov 19, 2023

A photo turned artistic sketch taken at Saturday night’s final football game in Richardson Stadium.


DAVIDSON — The Dayton Flyers scored the game’s first 28 points and defeated Davidson 45-14 Saturday night in the final football game to be played at Richardson Stadium.

With the season-ending loss, the Wildcats finished 7-4 and 6-2 in the Pioneer Football League. It’s the sixth straight winning season for the Wildcats, and the fifth straight full season, aside from the Covid-shortened 2020 campaign, in which Davidson has won at least six games.

QB Coulter Cleland on a run play against the Flyers.

The Flyers improved to 4-7 and 2-6.

Davidson put together its best drive of the night to start the second half. Running back Mari Adams ran 51 yards on the first play of the third quarter, and in doing so, became the ninth Wildcat to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Three plays later, Coulter Cleland tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Clarence Freeman to get Davidson on the board. But Dayton responded on the next drive with the second of Dante Casciola’s two touchdown passes to Gavin Lochow to regain control.

The Wildcats added a score with 8:30 to play when running back Mason Sheron bolted 30 yards for a touchdown. Sheron rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries to highlight the offense.

Jonathan Hammond led the Davidson defense with nine tackles, while John Tessman had eight. Dixon Hudson had a sack.

Editor’s Note: The ‘Cats honored seniors before the game, and all former football scholar-athletes at halftime. The college also took time at halftime to recognize the major donors to Richardson Stadium over the years.

The new stadium is expected to be ready in early 2024, allowing the Women’s Lacrosse team to be the first to use the new facility. Football is expected to play their spring game on the new field as well. 

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