The Wildcats turned to their leader for that needed boost.
Quarterback Connor Dietz scored on a pair of short touchdown runs to lead the Wildcats (1-1) to a 14-13 win at Brookhaven.
“It was a great game,” Dietz said. “This was a really huge win for us. Brookhaven is a great team. They have great students. This will give us some momentum. This will get our team going. It was a tough game so we all kind of came together. It was a great win for us to get us on the right note.”
Brookhaven senior running back Rodney Stewart nearly carried his team to the victory. Stewart rambled for 189 yards on 20 carries, and scored both Brookhaven touchdowns.
With Davidson leading 7-0 at the half, the hosts pulled even when Stewart scampered 74 yards for the tying score with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter.
The Wildcats, however, took the lead for good midway through the final quarter when Dietz dove in from a yard out.
Faced with fourth-and-2 from the Bearcats’ 12, Dietz set up the decisive score with an 11-yard run off an option.
The Bearcats answered the Dietz score as Stewart capped a 67-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:54 remaining in the game. The Wildcats, however, maintained the lead after the extra point attempt failed.
Brookhaven got the ball back with 1:17 remaining and moved into Wildcat territory before time expired.
The Wildcats collected the first half’s lone points when Dietz scored on a 4-yard run with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter. The TD run capped a time-consuming 20-play, 87-yard march, which spanned 11:21.
The hosts marched into Davidson territory three times in the first half, but came up empty each time.
Davidson blocked a pair of DeShawn Alston field goal attempts to help keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard.
Davidson junior running back Ryan Meadows gained 82 on 27 carries.
Dietz rushed for 65 yards on 19 carries.