DAVIS — Dispatching the Hennessey Eagles in the Class 2A playoffs has become somewhat of a Summers family tradition in Davis.

DAVIS — Dispatching the Hennessey Eagles in the Class 2A playoffs has become somewhat of a Summers family tradition in Davis. 

In 2014, Blake Summers led the Wolves to a state championship after beating the Eagles 48-31 in the semi-finals.

On Friday, Davis quarterback Briston Summers picked up where his older brother left off, rushing for 177 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 40-27 victory over Hennessey in round 2 from Wolf Field 

The win sets up a third round matchup with No. 2 Holland Hall at 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Field on Friday.

After giving up a third and 20 on the opening drive that led to a touchdown, then surrendering a 88-yard kickoff return, Davis found themselves in an unfamiliar 14-7 hole early in the first quarter. 

Following the Eagles’ first round upset of No. 6 Luther last week, Hennessey looked to be primed for another playoff stunner. 

But the Wolves left zero doubt, responding with 33-unanswered points.

Davis coach Jody Weber said he was impressed by how his team bounced back. 

“I think we knew we had the best football team so there wasn’t any panic,” he said. “But they’re pretty good so even me as the adult that doesn’t get out on the field began thinking, ‘Wow are we going to give up kick returns and third and 20s all night and let them stay in it when they probably shouldn’t?’ But hey, they regrouped really well and overcame me a little bit.”

The Wolves’ methodical wishbone offense settled things down with a 63-yard scoring drive, with Summers diving into the endzone from the 1 yard line to bring the game even at 14-14.

From there Davis’ defense took over.

“Our defense was the difference tonight,” Weber said. “We just played well, short of a miscue, we did all the little things right after the first half.”

Hennessey running back Dillon Joyce came into the game averaging over 170 yards per game. But the Wolves defense stuffed the Eagles’ workhorse, holding him to just 21 yards rushing on the day. Hennessey managed just 36 yards rushing as a team.

“This guy had 40 carries and upset one of the best teams in the state,” Weber said. “Their ability to keep the ball out of our offenses hands was a concern. But our guys were able to get fourth down stops and get good field position. With our running game, if you start us at the 50, we feel like our chances are pretty good and our defense did that most of the night.”

Summers, who recently came back after a broken collar bone cut his regular season short, put the Wolves on top for first and final time of the game in the second quarter on a 30-yard touchdown rush to give Davis a 20-14 lead.

“We blocked well and we did good job of just running hard,” Summers said. “I’m right back to normal. The first game I came back was little different, but now I’m back and it feels good.”

After forcing another three and out, Davis closed out the first half with another healthy dose of Summers.

The Wolves quarterback put Davis in scoring position after darting 38 yards into Eagles territory. 

Summers plunged into end zone five plays later to give Davis a 26-14 lead as time expired in the second quarter.

In the second half it was more of the same for Davis.

Summers connected with with receiver Devon Gregg on a 27-yard pass to put the Wolves into scoring position on the opening drive. Four plays later, Summers got his fourth rushing touchdown of the game, diving in from the one yard line.

Davis opened up a 40-14 lead in the fourth quarter after Summers cashed in from the one yard line on fourth and goal, all but sealing the game with 10 minutes to play.

Hennessey made the score look a bit closer with two quick strike touchdowns against Davis’ second unit with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Zane Hugaboom connected with Dillon Joyce for a 74-yard touchdown pass to bring the game to 40-21. Then the Eagles recovered the onside kick and Hugaboom and Joyce connected again on a 8-yard touchdown pass to bring the game to its final score. 

Hugaboom finished the game 147 yards and two touchdowns. 

Davis advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year, and will play a third straight home playoff game for the first time since 2014.