Davis determined to build on district championship
DAVIS, Oklahoma (KTEN)- Davis has missed the playoffs just once since 1984, winning five state titles in that time span. The Wolves have won six state titles overall.
“We have a lot of history here, and we like district champs," Davis guard/defensive tackle Mason Tomlinson said. "We have a lot of them, so we wanted to bring that tradition back,”
And bring it back they did. Davis finished 7-0 in 2A District 4 last season. However, the Wolves failed to notch a playoff win narrowly falling to Frederick 12-6.
“We were just a step away," Davis running back/linebacker Tye Barnett said. "I think now we’re going to work harder for that extra step and just get after it this year.”
Heading into 2023, head coach Greg Parker loves the attitude he’s seen from his players.
“We work hard. We’ve got a bunch of tough kids," Parker said. "We’re taking it day-by-day. We want to make sure we get better every day. It sounds cliche, but that’s what we do and that’s what we talk about and hopefully that’s what they believe.”
Davis returns seven starters on each side of the ball. However, the Wolves will have a new starting quarterback in Luke Linville. But so far, his teammates have been impressed.
“He’s been looking good. The dude can sling it," Barnett said. "He’s a good quarterback, and I think we’ll be fine.”
The Wolves defense held opponents to just 18 points per game last season and it’s shaping up to be just as good in 2023.
“We’re going to be fast," Parker said. "The kids that play on that side really like that side of the football so hopefully that equates to us being pretty good over there.”
That defense will be in for an early test. The Wolves face two 3A schools, a Wynnewood team led by a Division I running back, and last year’s district runner-up Holdenville in their first four games.
“Four tough games right at the start, but we’re a tough team too so we’ll just see how it goes," Tomlinson said. "We’re getting better by the day.”
But no matter how things go, there’s no doubt the Davis community we’ll be behind their Wolves.
“You get looked at just around town," Tomlinson said. "You get looked at like you’re a king. Yeah, I like that.”