After Davidson Academy lost its first two football games, memories of last year’s 0-5 start began popping up.
But the Bears put the brakes on their two-game skid with a 24-10 win over visiting Franklin Road Academy on Friday night.
“I did not want to start 0-5,” Bears coach Bill Alexander said. “Yeah, we talked about that a lot this week. We feel like we’ve got a schedule where you can start 0-5 pretty easily if you don’t play well, so it was big to get this first win.”
Running back Steve Wilson led Davidson Academy (1-2), rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
“Our coaches coached our line real well this week about how (FRA) was going to slant and all of the stunts they were going to run,” Wilson said.
Bears quarterback Zillon Porter completed nine of 12 for 109 yards, and scored one TD rushing.
FRA quarterback Matt Hissong completed 10 of 25 passes for 101 yards and one TD for the Panthers (1-2).
“(Davidson Academy) had a better front line than we thought they had,” Hissong said. “We just weren’t as prepared as we should have been.”
Davidson Academy took a 10-0 lead at halftime, and made it 17-0 on Porter’s 1-yard keeper with 2:04 left in the third quarter.
FRA’s Dalton Ponchillia kicked a 20-yard field goal, narrowing the gap to 17-3 with 9:35 left, but Davidson Academy answered on its next possession with Wilson’s 3-yard TD run.
Hissong threw an 11-yard TD pass to Ponchillia with 2:35 left to end the scoring.
“Davidson is a solid football team, and they came out and hit us in the mouth,” FRA coach Bill Whittemore said. “We struggled to get things going all night. They broke us down, and flat-out beat us.”