During the month of November, there’s plenty of traditions in the air.

During the month of November, there’s plenty of traditions in the air.

The smell of a Thanksgiving Turkey cooking in the kitchen, the chattering and gathering of family members enjoying themselves.

There’s also another tradition which goes on during this time, the Davis Wolves still playing in the state playoffs.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Field the No. 3 Wolves will look to make it back to the third round of the playoffs, as they welcome the Hennessey Eagles in a Class 2A second round contest.

The winner of this contest will take on either No. 2 Holland Hall or Spiro in the third round next Friday night.

Playing in the second round of the playoffs has almost been as natural as breathing for the Davis Wolves football team in recent years. 

Since 2004, the Wolves have played a second round postseason game at Wolf Field 10 times, having only lost one of them which came during the 2011 season.

However, the last time the Wolves met the Eagles, the game left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Davis faithful.

The Eagles managed to claim a 14-0 victory in the state finals of the 2010 season, denying the Wolves of another state title.

Speaking of the Eagles, they are no strangers to road environments this postseason, having upset No. 6 Luther last week in the opening round 21-20 in come from behind fashion.

Hennessey finished as the No. 3 seed out of District 2A-1 behind Alva and Chisholm, both of which are still in the playoffs, while the Wolves were the district champion from 2A-4. 

HHS is 3-3 away from home this season, including the playoffs, while the Wolves have made Wolf Field their own virtual fortress, going 4-1 at the friendly confines this season the opposition, including a 4-0 mark against 2A teams.

Davis’ only defeat at home came at the hands of Sulphur, who is currently ranked No. 6 in Class 3A.

Last week DHS used a smothering combination of offense and defense to overwhelm Hobart, leading to a 47-18 victory. The playoff game was the 34th straight season the Wolves made the playoffs, setting a new state record.

In order for the Eagles to play giant killers for a second week in a row, they’ll need to figure out how to stop a Wolves offense which has scored 40 or more points in five straight games, and been held to less than 20 only twice this season.

Eight players on the Wolves roster have more than 100 yards rushing this season, including Logan Taliaferro, and Peyton Weber who have eclipsed the 300 yard mark for year, along with Blake Neal who is over 600 yards for the season.

Another impact player for Davis is senior Briston Summers, who has been making up for lost time the last few weeks having missed the majority of the regular season due to a broken collar bone suffered in the preseason.

Hennessey will bring its own talented quarterback in junior Zane Hugaboom, who has thrown for 718 yards this season on 61-of-141 passing with five interceptions and seven touchdowns.

His favorite target this year has been fellow junior Adrian Guadarrama, who has 11 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles will also have a highly capable running attack, led by senior Dillon Joyce, who leads the team with 1,533 yards and 15 touchdowns this season on 264 touches, along with seven games of 100 yards or more.