Prep Football: War Eagles soar over Bulldogs
There was a downpour of rain on Highway 64 between Thomasville and Mocksville an hour before game time Friday. While nothing more than light rain reached War Eagle Stadium, Davie County poured on the points in a 43-7 runaway over the Bulldogs.
The War Eagles (3-2) kept pounding out chunks of yards on the ground, keeping the THS defense busy. On the other side, the Bulldogs could not sustain many drives and could not keep pace in the nonconference meeting.
The Bulldogs (1-3) were treated to a heavy dose of tailback Cade Carney and quarterback Parker Correll on the opening drive of the game. The two accounted for all nine plays in the drive that began at the 40 of Davie. After a fumbled snap on a Wildcat play at the Thomasville 4, Carney tried it again and it paid off. He took the direct snap up the gut and put the War Eagles ahead 7-0 with a little over three minutes gone in the game.
Thomasville had a tough time duplicating the same success of the War Eagles on offense. Their first three drives went for a combined 19 yards that put them well off the pace as Davie scored on three of its first four possessions.
Starting again from its own 40 with two minutes remaining first quarter, Davie got a few more people involved to reach the end zone. Carney hit the big play, dashing 22 yards to the 19 of THS. Three plays into the second quarter, Correll went over the left side from a yard out. The extra point was good and Davie was out front, 14-0.
A quick three-and-out put the War Eagles in prime position again to do more damage. A little closer to midfield this time around at the 47, Correll found wideout Brandon Lankford streaking across the middle for a 37-yard pass and catch. After a Carney run netted three yards, the talented back took the handoff one more time, side-stepping a defender at the 1 and skipping in. With the THS offense at a standstill, the 21-0 deficit had to feel like a lot more.
Thomasville did not quit, firing back with a terrific drive on its next possession. Unfortunately, it did not end as well as hoped.
Starting at its own 20, the men in red and black moved the ball down the field, highlighted by a tough run from D.J. Spann. Knocking on the doorstep at the 11, Davie turned them away from points. James Boyle spoiled what appeared to be a trick play with a 14 yard loss, then Jalen Jenkins was brought down while scrambling on fourth down to turn the ball over at the 25.
Spann gave the THS faithful something to cheer about second half, sprinting 80 yards on a counter play.
Davie never stepped off the gas, though, scoring three more times.
Spann finished with 131 yards rushing.