Davidson Day is in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
The Patriots (5-0) are unbeaten, after a narrow 20-17 win at Marvin Ridge High in Marvin Friday. Davidson Day, which has only 23 players, went into the game missing five players because of injury. And early in the game, Davidson Day lost linebacker and right tackle Chase Monroe (neck). Monroe is a major Division I prospect.
Davidson Day trailed most of the game, but the Patriots rallied to win when quarterback Anthony Digioia threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Robinson. Digioia – who replaced All-American Will Grier this season – completed 23-of-35 passes for 304 yards and three scores. Receiver Jacob Robinson caught seven passes for 202 yards. That was the fifth-most single-game receiving yards in school history and 22nd in county history. But the Patriots this year are winning with defense, giving up fewer than 7 points per game. Ryan Titus and Trevor Darby had 13 tackles Friday, Jack Carter had 11 and Tommy Lawley had 9.
Butler remains No. 1 in the poll, but the Bulldogs, Mallard Creek and Independence each received a first-place vote. Butler had one more point in the votes than No. 2 Mallard Creek and two more than No. 3 Independence.
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|1. Butler (4A)||5-1||46||1|
|2. Mallard Creek (4A)||4-1||45||2|
|3. Independence (4A)||5-0||44||3|
|4. Charlotte Christian (IND)||3-1||37||4|
|5. Concord (3A)||5-0||35||5|
|6. York (4A)||5-0||33||6|
|7. Mooresville (4A)||5-0||29||T7|
|8. Charlotte Catholic (4A)||4-1||28||T7|
|9. Providence (4A)||4-1||22||9|
|10. Vance (4A)||4-1||20||10|
|11. Weddington (3A)||5-0||16||11|
|12. Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)||4-2||13||T12|
|13. Hough (4A)||3-2||12||T12|
|14. East Lincoln (2A)||5-0||10||T12|
|15. Rocky River (4A)||4-2||7||15|
|16. Davidson Day (IND)||5-0||6||NR|
First-place votes: Butler 1, Mallard Creek 1, Independence 1
Dropped Out: Monroe (2A, 3-3). Also receiving consideration: Lincolnton (2A, 4-1); Charlotte Latin (IND, 5-0)