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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Davis seniors hope for third shot at state glory

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  • The sting of falling short in the state championship game a year ago still lingers for the Davis Wolves. After Friday's season finale against Tishomingo, the Wolves will begin the playoff trek with one goal in mind: a state championship. Davis is 9-0 on the season, but it's not the record that has impressed coach Jody Weber. “We're playing pretty well, but we've had to adjust quite a bit,” Weber said. “Two weeks ago, when our quarterback went out with an injury and our backup quarterback's right hand was broken. So, we went with our fullback. That was pretty unique for us, a 250-pound quarterback. He's played well and the kids have rallied around him. I'm probably more proud of how they've responded to adversity than their record.” The Wolves are back at full strength heading into Friday's game with the practice spectators on crutches back in pads. “We're at 100 percent (at quarterback),” Weber said. “We've got a cast off of one of them, Blake is back. He could've played on Friday, but I kept him out as a precaution. We're getting running backs back. We've got a kid that broke his arm in Week 3, a lineman. We've had so many kids in jeans and t-shirts on the practice field. It's funny to see them back dressed out. It's really nice.” Before the injury bug hit, the Wolves were trying to fit the right pieces together on both sides of the ball. Davis lost eight starters on offense and nine on defense to graduation. “We've been finding the right fit with the right guys,” Weber said. “We had a tight end that's now a guard for us. We've had guys that were safeties playing linebacker. I think our defense is really starting to come around.” The Davis seniors have been to the state title game twice. The added experience of long playoff runs has helped in many ways, and they hope to go back to the championship game and come away victorious. “We're getting good leadership,” Weber said. “Our seniors have been to the finals twice in their career and come up short both times. They're looking forward to trying to make another run at it. That is one good thing. Although a lot of them didn't play a lot in the big playoff games, they've been there and know what it's like to prepare for those games. I think that gives us an edge.” Davis wraps up the regular season against Tishomingo. Those expecting Davis to come out uninspired with the district title in hand are mistaken, according to Weber. “The situation is, they've got nothing to lose and we could be a little flat having clinched the district championship,” he said. “But, that's not going to be the case. They're going to come out and play well for their seniors, and we're going to do the same. It'll be a good football game.”
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