Davis is waltzing through its schedule yet again, this season behind a defensive unit that is giving up little to nothing.
The Wolves (6-0) have only allowed six points in four district games. Nineteen of the 25 points scored against Davis this season came in week 1 against Ringling.
"I think we're playing pretty good on that side of the ball," Davis coach Jody Weber said. "We put a lot of athletes out there; that tends to lead to stopping the ball."
Davis began the season with an open date scheduled for this week, but the Wolves picked up a non-district game with Oklahoma City Legion to complete a 10-game schedule.
The Legion, which fills its team predominantly with home-schooled students, are 2-2, with wins against Will Rogers and Afton, and losses to Nathan Hale and Millwood.
The game will be played at Davis on Friday at 7 p.m., with a second meeting scheduled next year in the same week.
"They just called us and were looking for games," Weber said. "It's so much better to have something to look forward to than the last two years.
"It's still an element of the unknown. They've got our attention. They're good in the skill areas and they've got good athletes."
But so does Davis, which is thriving in its transition to a 4-2-5 defense this season after traditionally playing three down linemen.
Where the change has reaped the most benefits is in the turnover department. Last week, Davis picked off five passes against Marietta in a 63-6 win.
Weber said the defense is causing more fumbles, too. The defense has forced 19 turnovers (10 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries) this season.
"We have more so than ever stressed turnovers," he said. "They're taking more chances rather than being overcautious. They're trusting their ability instead of sitting there and waiting for someone else."
Defensive back Jordan Wilson leads the Davis secondary with four interceptions. Speedy linebacker Dedrien Nowden has been moved inside to accompany physical junior Braden Ruth, while defensive tackles Ryder McCaskill (team-best two fumble recoveries) and Kaleb Fisher have provided greater size in the trenches than Davis is used to.
"It let us put an extra linemen on the field with our four front," Weber said. "Ryder McCaskill and Kaleb Fisher are big kids that can really hold it down in even front."
Weber said despite the fast start, the Wolves are still making a "ton of mistakes." One shudders to think what will happen when the Wolves cut down on the errors he's referring to.
Despite four shutouts and quality wins against Ringling and Heritage Hall, Davis is still typically lumped behind Millwood and Vian in the Class 2A pecking order. Unlike last year's team, Davis hasn't spent a single minute ranked as the No. 1 team in 2A this season. That distiction has fluctuated between Millwood, Vian and two-time defending state champion Hennessey.
Page 2 of 2 - Davis overlooked? Maybe, but that doesn't bother Weber one bit.
"That'd be kinda neat ... flying under the radar at Davis," Weber joked.
"I hope so, because we have a good football team."
Erik K. Horne