Davis won its 45th consecutive district football game.
DAVIS — Intercepting three passes, Davis senior defensive back Jordan Thomas gave credit to his defensive linemen, Maverick McCaskill, nose tackle Cooper Webb and Jared Brown. Though his first pick occurred in the closing seconds of the first half, his final two interceptions led to touchdowns.
Missing senior running back Chris Campos, Marietta coach Matt Suffal opted to attack Davis’ defense with a power running game.
Behind an offensive line that Weston Fullerton described as a unit with one senior that’s “coming together,” the Wolves scored on the opening drive in a 41-0 wire-to-wire win Friday at Wolf Field.
Davis (3-2, 2-0 District 2A-4) scored 20 points off turnovers. Connor Webb’s fumble recovery got the ball back for the Wolves, whose offense capitalized with a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter by quarterback Briston Summers.
The Wolves got two big plays in their first two possessions in the second half: Blake Neal’s 76-yard run, then Blake Williams’ 48-yard scamper, which featured a cut to the outside at the 40-yard line. Williams scored the play after Thomas’ second interception.
“I’m feeling pretty excited,” Thomas said. “I just saw the ball in the air and was just trying to make a play on the ball. Our defensive line was doing a good job rushing the passer.
“It feels pretty good,” Thomas added regarding the Wolves’ first shutout. “We’ve been getting better week by week. This is definitely a big step.”
Marietta (5-1, 1-1) opted to utilize a deliberate first-quarter pace. In response to Davis’ opening drive that ended with Neal’s 1-yard touchdown run, the Indians’ initial drive consumed the remaining 9:37 of the opening quarter.
“We tried to play a power-run game against them,” Suffal said. “The power-run game’s what they’re strong against. Without an extra playmaker, an extra starter, it made us kind of one-sided. They could really focus in on Jonathon (Escobedo).”
Melton sacked Indians quarterback Kyler Erwin on the final play of the opening quarter. Marietta committed an illegal-formation penalty that prompted a punt.
“We just keep playing,” Melton said. I was in the “right place, right time, I guess. Everybody did their job and good stuff happens.”
Marietta won the toss and deferred. Davis marched 73 yards in seven plays, bookended by Neal’s 20-yard run and 1-yard touchdown run, both of which occurred behind the left side of the line: Fullerton, the left guard, and McCaskill, the left tackle.
Neal finished with a game-high 175 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Whether a big play or a methodical drive, Fullerton said the linemen’s approach is consistent.
“You’ve just got to keep on grinding down in the trenches, keep moving your feet,” Fullerton said. “You’ve got to make the other team work harder. That’s all we’ve got to do, so we just work harder than the other teams.”
In this case, the Wolves’ work yielded their 45th consecutive district win.
“We’re getting better,” Fullerton said. From left tackle, McCaskill, Fullerton, center Klaytan Scott, right guard Brendon Hobbs and right tackle Tyren Miller comprise Davis’ offensive line.
Gunner Arms and Melton are the team’s tight ends. Davis coach Jody Weber said the duo “played really well. They’re pretty interchangeable. … We’re developing depth and our tight ends are important to our team, for sure.”
Fullerton is confident in the Wolves’ direction.
“We’re really going to come together and we’re going to be good,” Fullerton said. “We’ve just got to come together as a team. That’s all we’ve got to do.”