DAVIS — In a game that had no playoff implications the Davis Wolves ended the 2018 season on a high note Friday night at home.

DAVIS — In a game that had no playoff implications the Davis Wolves ended the 2018 season on a high note Friday night at home.

Davis claimed a comfortable 42-14 victory over Tishomingo at Wolf Field on Senior Night, ending their season at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in district play. The Indians meanwhile end their year at 3-7 overall and 1-6 in district play. 

This was a down year for Davis football as the Wolves had their 34-year consecutive playoff streak broken this season, as well as their first losing season in 45 years dating back to 1973.

“We challenged the players and they accomplished what we needed to get done this season,” Davis coach Greg Parker said. 

“We knew all along that we would need to emphasize togetherness and improvement. And I felt like this team came through a very tough year with great poise and maturity. We did get better with every game we played.”

Davis was dominant in their senior-night win over the Indians, as they ran their patented “Wishbone” offense, the Wolves needed just six plays to go up 7-0 five minutes into the contest, as Jared Brown scored on a 5-yard run to finish a 46-yard drive. 

The Wolves defense got the job done on their side of the football as well. 

Tishomingo was forced to punt on their next possession. A high snap over the head of Indian punter Birch Wood sent him into the end zone to retrieve the ball. Wood attempted a ill-advised pass that was picked off by Davis’ Dane Parker at the 5-yard line. Parker ran it in for a pick-six and a 14-0 Davis lead.

The Indians got on the board late in the opening quarter as a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Northcutt to Nick Wilson made it a 14-7 game.

Davis quarterback Cole Martin scored on a 4-yard run around right end to finish off a 26-yard Davis drive and give the Wolves a 21-7 lead with 8:28 left in the first half. 

The Indians managed to stay within striking distance for a while thanks to Northcutt’s arm. 

Northcutt connected with Creed Ballinger for a 23-yard scoring toss with just under seven minutes remaining before halftime. 

But that would be the end of the Tishomingo scoring thanks to some defensive changes made by Davis.

Two quick scores by the Wolves put the game on ice in the closing minutes of the second quarter. 

A 5-play, 44-yard drive by the Wolves resulted in a touchdown when Martin ran it up the middle from two yards out for the score. 

The ensuing kickoff went to the Indians’ Nick Wilson. Wilson returned the kick-off to the 30-yard line, where a pile-up resulted in Davis’ Warren Bishop coming away with a fumble recovery which was returned 30-yards return down the sideline to give Davis a 35-14 lead at the break. 

“Everyone played very hard tonight on both sides of the football,” Parker said. 

“Our seniors led us as they have all season. We wanted to come out and play well for the fans and especially for our seniors. That group of players have been through big games in the playoffs, and they deserved to end this season with a win.

“Tishomingo played hard throughout the game,” Parker added. “They never quit, and they played us tough. We were able to take advantage of a couple of interesting plays to gain the upper hand. I was extremely proud of our teams’ effort tonight.  I have a lot of admiration for their attitudes throughout this season. We have a great group of young men.”

The game’s final score came early in the fourth, as Brown scored his second touchdown on a 12-yard run up the middle. Brown finished the game with 19 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead both teams in rushing.

Davis out-gained Tishomingo in yards 353-130. The big difference was the Wolves’ ability to establish a strong running game and the Indians’ inability to do so. Davis did a good job of shutting down the Tishomingo passing game in the second half. 

The Indians completed just three passes for 26 yards after halftime.

Northcutt was 9-21-0 in passing for 146 yards for the Indians in the game against Davis Friday night.