Davis a valuable addition to Bulldog backfield
Thomasville's rushing attack has improved in recent weeks, but still needed that extra jolt of electricity to really take off. Who better to fill that role than Akeem Davis, a man that jolts the opposing team on a regular basis with big hits.
Called to action last week in practice, Davis lined up in the THS backfield at fullback Friday night at East Davidson. After the performance he turned in, the coaching staff will likely invite him back for a second audition. The junior toted the pigskin eight times for 79 yards and a touchdown. He also opened up gaping holes for Demoris Payne and D.J. Spann to run through. As a team, the Bulldogs piled up 317 yards rushing.
“It was fun,” said Davis of his first action at fullback. “This was my first week and I practiced all week for it.”
Against the bigger schools during a tough nonconference schedule, THS struggled to find open field and were rotating different tailbacks around to find the right combinations. For consecutive weeks, Payne and Spann have distanced themselves as the primary backs and are starting to find a little more room to operate. With Davis clearing the path now, Thomasville may finally have the right pieces in place to make a serious run much like last season.
“Akeem has some ball skills so we ran a couple things tonight for him,” said assistant coach Dickie Cline. “It is getting late in the season and it is do or die. We just have to keep on finding ways to win.”
North Rowan may be the only team now standing in the way of the Bulldogs and another Central Carolina Conference title. East Davidson was poised to snap its winless streak against THS, but found out even when it appears the Bulldogs are down, they are tough to beat.
“We came out ready to play,” said Davis. “We balled hard in practice and then brought it out onto the field ready to play.”
Davis remembers exactly how last season played out for the Bulldogs. While the tough nonconference schedule may be demoralizing for some, he sees it as beneficial in the long run.
“I think it builds us a lot,” said Davis. “It has made us fight harder in practice and now it is a little easier not having to play those bigger schools.”
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