PREP FOOTBALL - Wa-Hi manhandled by Pirates on all fronts

Wa-Hi suffers a 51-7 Big Nine loss to Davis as the Pirates rack up 458 yards in total offense and record nine sacks.


YAKIMA - The Davis High School band was out in full force here Friday night and put on quite a show throughout the Pirates' Big Nine Conference 4A football game with Wa-Hi at Zaepfel Stadium.

But it's possible no band member played his or her instrument with greater dexterity than Davis played the Blue Devils on both sides of the ball.

The Pirates amassed 458 yards of total offense, got four touchdowns from running back Austin Wagner - three rushing - and recorded nine sacks in a 51-7 romp that improved their records to 2-1 in league and 4-1 overall.

Wa-Hi saw its marks slip to 0-3 and 1-4.

Touchdown runs of three yards by Wagner and two yards by quarterback Deion Wright, a 37-yard scoring strike from Wright to Cooper Kupp, and a safety highlighted a 23-point first quarter for the home team.

"They got out to a quick start and we didn't respond very well," Wa-Hi coach Mike Gobel said.

A pair of Blue Devil setbacks led to two Davis touchdowns in the second quarter.

The Pirates drove 56 yards in four plays after Wa-Hi lost six yards on a fake punt on fourth-and-4 from the Davis 38-yard line. Wright hit Wagner with a 24-yard touchdown pass at the 11:17 mark of quarter two that made it 30-0.

Davis started its next series at the Wa-Hi 40 following a Blue Devil fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Wagner ended the march on a 4-yard run with 9:16 on the clock.

The Pirates led 37-0 at halftime.

Davis moved from its 33 to the Wa-Hi 10 on its initial possession of the second half, but turned the ball over on downs.

The Blue Devils' good fortune was lost on the next play. A high snap out of shot-gun formation sailed over the head of quarterback Matt Watson and was recovered in the end zone by the Pirates' Roberto Rodriguez at the 8:11 mark of period three.

"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot," Gobel said.

Wagner ended Davis' scoring with a 46-yard jaunt with 2:26 to go in the third.

"We made a lot of mental mistakes and that added up to bigger mistakes," Wa-Hi linebacker Brett Christina said. "We couldn't match their energy level."

Wa-Hi ended a 10-quarter scoreless drought with 6:40 left in the final period. Watson and Handcox hooked up for a 15-yard pitch-and-catch two plays after the Blue Devils recovered a Davis fumble at the Pirates' 41.

Josh Eggers led Wa-Hi pass catchers with four receptions for 76 yards.

Watson averaged 43.3 yards on six punts.

"We didn't play as a team," said Wa-Hi running back Madison Filan. "They did everything right. We need to work harder and play better. We need to work on small details."

The Blue Devils have a bye before traveling to Richland Oct. 15.

Davis 51, Wa-Hi 7

Wa-Hi 0 0 0 7 - 7

Davis 23 14 14 0 - 51

Davis - Wagner 3 run (Guzman kick).

Davis - Safety: Watson sacked in end zone.

Davis - Wright 2 run (Guzman kick).

Davis - Kupp 37 pass from Wright (Guzman kick).

Davis - Wagner 24 pass from Wright (Guzman kick).

Davis - Wagner 4 run (Guzman kick).

Davis - R. Rodriguez recovered bad snap in end zone (Guzman kick).

Davis - Wagner 46 run (Guzman kick).

Wa-Hi - Handcox 15 pass from Watson (Atkinson kick).

Wa-Hi Davis

First downs 9 20

Rushes/yards 27-13 26-214

Passing yards 106 244

Passes (att-comp-int) 17-8-0 25-16-0

Punts 6-43.3 1-53

Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1

Penalties-yards 2-11 5-35

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Wa-Hi: Hoe 7-39, Filan 4-6, Handcox 1-(-6), Team 1-(-10), Watson 14-(-16); Davis: Wagner 10-86, Wright 5-66, R. Rodriguez 6-54, Gonzalez 4-9, Team 1-(-1).

PASSING - Wa-Hi: Watson 8-17-0, 106 yards, 1 TD; Davis: Wright 16-24-0, 244 yards, 2 TDs, Kupp 0-1-0.

RECEIVING - Wa-Hi: Eggers 4-76, Handcox 3-27-1, Hoe 1-3; Davis: Kupp 7-125-1, Perez 3-35, Chapman 2-29, N. Rodriguez 2-18, Wagner 1-24-1, Navarro 1-13.


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