By TROY M. CARNES
On Senior Night at Davidson Academy, the Bears clinched home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs with a convincing 66-6 victory over district opponent Zion Christian Academy. With the win, Davidson improves to 9-0 on the season and 6-0 in West Division II-A.
Led by running back Da’Joun Hewitt’s four touchdown runs and quarterback Stone Norton’s three touchdown passes, the Bear’s offense lit up the Arnold Stadium scoreboard with 52 first-half points. Nathan Bess made good on all seven first-half extra point attempts and booted a 25-yard field goal on Bears last possession of the half.
Hewitt, who rushed for 145 yards on just six carries, scored on runs of 53, 24, 47, and 18 yards. Through nine games, Hewitt has amassed 1,699 yards rushing and has scored 33 touchdowns.
Norton had another strong night passing, completing six of 12 pass attempts to five different receivers for 117 yards. Two of Norton’s touchdown passes came in the first quarter, an 18-yarder to wideout Jared Vetetoe and a 12-yard dump to tight end Bryce Rawls. Norton also connected with standout senior receiver Ben Switzer for another touchdown on a 30-yard crossing route midway through the second quarter.
Zion managed to score a touchdown in the third quarter, but the Bears answered with two more touchdowns, one on a 25-yard scamper by senior running back Courtland Jordan and another on a 24-yard run by junior Dalton Biggers. Bess converted the two extra points, pushing his personal scoring total for the game to 12 points and locking the final score at 66-6.
DA Head Coach Jonathan Quinn praised his team’s effort and resolve.
“I felt that the team played very well,” Quinn said. “We had a district foe coming into our place, and we needed a win to secure home field advantage. We played well and with great effort, and we got the job done. I was proud of the way the team performed.”
Friday night was also the night set aside to honor Davidson Academy’s seniors, and Quinn spoke fondly of his graduating players.
“These guys were freshmen when I came here four years ago,” Quinn said. “They are the first class that has been with me throughout their high school careers. It has been a tremendous honor to watch them improve as players and grow as young men. I’m honored to have had them in the program.”
Davidson Academy will travel to Clarksville Academy next Friday for the regular season finale. With a win, the Bears would secure an undefeated regular season and build great momentum heading into the postseason.
The key to a successful playoff run is to keep the focus on improving every day according to Coach Quinn.
“The key to success for our team going forward is for us to make sure that we continue to build on what we’ve done so far,” Quinn said. “We have to work to get better each day and to keep improving. “We face another district foe this week, and I expect for us to be better than we were this week.”