Just a short time away from spending a Halloween Saturday evening with his family, Davidson football coach Paul Nichols came up with an analogy that fit his team’s 39-9 loss to Campbell at Richardson Stadium.
“Twenty-seven of the 44 players on our two-deep roster are either freshmen or sophomores,” he said. “It’s kind of like my 4-year-old son — you never quite know what you’re going to get.”
The Wildcats (1-7, 0-5 Pioneer Football League) trimmed a 17-0 halftime deficit to eight points early in the third quarter, but fell victim to too many big plays from a Campbell (5-4, 3-3) offense that rolled up 508 yards.
Davidson’s Taylor Mitchell passed for 246 yards, but the Wildcats could only manage 3 yards on the ground in their third straight loss.
Three who mattered
DeShawn Jones, RB, Campbell: The junior rushed for a school-record 201 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns — two on runs of 59 and 51 yards.
William Morris, WR, Davidson: The senior, who became the Wildcats’ all-time reception yardage leader last Saturday, was their best offensive weapon, with 11 catches for 78 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown reception from Mitchell which got the Wildcats back in the game at 17-9 five minutes into the second half.
Kameron Bryant, QB, Campbell: The senior completed 15-of-18 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.
▪ How do you know when it’s your day and when it isn’t? Two plays not too far apart in the fourth quarter told the tale. Campbell’s Jarrett Ozimek fumbled the snap on the extra point try after the Camels’ last touchdown, but recovered to throw a two-point conversion pass to Austin Fleming.
▪ On the next possession, the Wildcats reached the Campbell 10 on a 36-yard pass from Taylor Mitchell to Morris, who fumbled the ball away. Mitchell was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct making the tackle on the Camels’ Cam Mobley, who recovered.
Campbell coach Mike Minter, the former All-Pro safety for the Carolina Panthers, is now 3-0 against Davidson.
They said it
“Losing is an epidemic, and regardless of what it says on the scoreboard, what it comes down to is learned behaviors. The young players are developing bit by bit, and we’re looking for our older players to step up in the next three weeks and decide what kind of legacy they’re going to leave.” — Davidson coach Paul Nichols.
Davidson will play at Jacksonville at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Campbell travels to the University of San Diego for a 3 p.m. kickoff, both in Pioneer Football League action.