DAVIDSON, N.C. – The degree of separation between the football teams at Davidson and Presbyterian was not as great as Wildcats’ 41-24 margin on Saturday might seem to indicate.
Up until Coy Williams’ 56-yard touchdown dash with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter, the Blue Hose led. Davidson’s triple-option attack ate up the fourth quarter, scoring two more touchdowns, one of them by Williams, his third of the game. The junior from Lumberton, Texas, amassed 131 yards in 17 carries.
Presbyterian (1-2, 1-1 Pioneer Football League) had taken a 24-21 edge on a 5-yard, Tyler Huff-to-Nathan Lovette pass with 4:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Williams’ long TD occurred on fourth-and-1 at the Davidson 44. The Presbyterian defense crowded the line of scrimmage, and once the Texan broke that line, he had no one to stop him.
Another crucial Blue Hose mistake played a role at the end of the first half, when the PC offense inexplicably ran out of time inside the Davidson 1-yard line with a timeout left. On second down, Delvecchio Powell could not get in and officials did not grant the PC timeout until the clock had expired with Davidson (2-1, 2-0) leading 21-17.
Huff had another stellar day – 22 completions in 36 attempts, 218 yards, 3 TDs, 1 interception – but the Wildcats outrushed the Blue Hose 328-81. Dylan Sparks also surpassed the century mark with 125 yards in 25 carries.
Keith Pearson caught 11 passes, a career high, for 111 yards, setting a schoo Div. I record for receiving yards.
The game’s leading tackler was PC’s Colby Campbell, who had 16 of them and surpassed Justin Bethel in the aforementioned D1 record book with 294. Oka Emmanwori intercepted a pass, setting up the score that put PC ahead.
The University of San Diego visits Bailey Memorial Stadium next Saturday for an unusual 11 a.m. start.