Davidson improves to 3-1, while Westland drops to 0-4. The Cougars turned the ball over on their first eight possessions leading to 38 points for the Wildcats.
GALLOWAY – After beginning the season with a 21-10 loss to rival Hilliard Darby, it appears Hilliard Davidson is beginning to hit its stride.
The Wildcats took advantage of 10 Westland turnovers in a lopsided 61-7 win over the Cougars on Friday at Westland High School.
Davidson stands at 3-1 and will play host to Thomas Worthington (0-4) next Friday. The Cardinals fell to Upper Arlington 42-0.
Westland falls to 0-4 and has been outscored 229-15 this season.
The Cougars will visit Marion Harding next Friday. The Presidents (0-4) dropped a 27-7 decision to St. Charles.
Westland turned the ball over on their first eight possessions – including seven times in the first half – leading to 38 points for the Wildcats.
Junior fullback Ryan Meadows spearheaded the assault for Davidson, rushing for 123 yards on 13 carries and collected three touchdowns (25, 3, 1).
Senior quarterback Connor Dietz added touchdown runs of 16 and five yards, and fired a 6-yard touchdown pass to Joey Ciamacco to cap a 28-point first quarter for Davidson.
“Our defense played stellar, they had a great game,” Dietz said. “Offensively, we were trying to do some different stuff. Offensively, I think we know we have a lot to get better. I think tonight was a good learning experience for us to get some practice out of it. We still have a lot to improve on.”
“The offense is starting to click on all cylinders,” Ciamacco said. “We’re just putting it all together. The defense is coming together. We’re doing a real good job.”
Senior Matt Rine set the tone for the game when he intercepted a Jared South pass and scampered into the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown return 4:40 into the game.
Westland averted the shutout when reserve quarterback Mike Jarrell dashed 66 yards for a touchdown with 2:52 remaining in the game.
Jarrell returned a Dietz interception deep into Davidson territory early in the second quarter, but Westland was unable to capitalize.
Despite the lopsided win, Davidson coach Brian White realizes there is still plenty of room for improvement as the OCC-Buckeye Division schedule nears.
“I’m very disappointed with the way we threw the ball tonight,” White said. “I thought we could come in and work on our throwing game a little bit, but we had way too many dropped balls. I feel like we had receivers open. I feel like our quarterback threw the ball fairly well at times. We had some dropped balls and we missed an assignment that turned into an interception that almost got taken back for a touchdown.
“We felt this would be an opportunity to get some stuff on film, so we can go back and dissect it a little bit and see what we can do better. There are a lot of teams out there that aren’t winning. I think you have to enjoy every win you get.”
Westland will now set its sights on Marion Harding. Key players for the Presidents are quarterback Kyle Oney and running back Mason Lindsey. Heath Hinton is in his first year as head coach at Harding.
“Their situation is a lot like ours,” Westland coach Brian Smith said. “Their head coach is new, got hired in late spring. They’re facing a lot of the same issues we are. Their numbers are down in their program due to a pay-to-play fee. When you talk to their coaches, you get the feeling that they experience some of the same frustrations that we do, but at the same time, they’re optimistic about the same kind of things we are, just winning little battles each day.
“It’s going to be two teams that are in very similar situations and it’s going to be interesting to see how the two teams respond. I think it will be a pretty competitive game because it’s a game both teams feel like they should win.”