TURNOVERS: Trojans struggle to hold on to the football in a 34-14 loss to the Davidson Warriors Thursday
Published 10:58 pm Thursday, September 24, 2015
MOBILE – Another Charles Henderson High performance marred by turnovers and mistakes was the difference in a 34-14 loss to Davidson High School Thursday evening in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The game began on a positive and poignant note as both teams met at midfield for a moment of silence prior to the opening kickoff in memory of DeMario Harris of CHHS, who passed away from an injury when the two teams met one year ago in Troy.
CHHS, now 2-3 on the year, quickly dug themselves a hole with turnovers, which put the Warriors in scoring position on more than one occasion.
“We gave them 21 points off turnovers,” CHHS Head Coach Brad McCoy said after the game. “We’re playing too sloppy of football to expect any kind of production. It’s just frustrating knowing we put so much more time in, and the results we are getting are just frustrating.”
Class 7A Davidson was strong on their Homecoming night, as Donte Edwards rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries, while quarterback Manuel Marquese had 13 carries and 79 yards, and passing for 54 yards. Five different Warrior players scored touchdowns on the evening on offense and defense.
The Warriors got on the board on their first drive of the game, moving 71 yards in a possession that ended in a 9-yard touchdown run by junior running back Edwards, and the extra point by Spence Chanthavane was good for the 7-0 lead.
Kanan Sylvester of Davidson claimed an interception on Charles Henderson’s first possession, and raced 24 yards for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked and Davidson was up 13-0 with 5:44 remaining in the first quarter.
Davidson later recovered a CHHS fumble and went ahead 20-0 on an 11-yard pass from Camron McDougle to De Morris Coleman, and the PAT was good with 0:45 left in the first quarter.
The Trojans of CHHS got on the board in the third quarter on a drive that began at their own 33 and ended 10 plays later on a Noah Lowery 20-yard touchdown strike to Jalante Smith, and the extra point by Baylor Barnes was good cutting the lead to 20-7.
Davidson expanded its lead to 27-7 in the fourth quarter as Kelvin Johnson picked off another pass and returned it 39-yards for the touchdown, and the extra point was good with 5:59 to play in the game.
The Warriors scored their final touchdown in the final minutes on a 7-yard touchdown carry by Tavarez Jones, for a 34-7 advantage.
Jabronski Williams of CHHS scored the last touchdown of the game on a 48-yard carry up the middle, and the extra point by Barnes was good for the 34-14 final.
The leading rusher for CHHS was Williams with 74 yards and one TD, while Wilson picked up 67 yards. Noah Lowery was 6-of-13 for 55 yards.
The Trojans are on the road for another Thursday night game next week in Montgomery for another Class 5A, Region contest.
“We have Sidney Lanier in Montgomery next Thursday night in Cramton Bowl,” said McCoy. “Our team has got to make a decision that they are going to fix their mistakes. If they don’t it is going to be a long season.”