The Davidson Academy Bears have been a force in Division II Class A this season. They entered Friday’s matchup with Nashville Christian with an overall record of 7-0 and had outscored opponents by a margin of 389-192. Nashville Christian only had two wins on the season, but both were within the West region and the Eagles could still contend for a share of the region title by springing the upset. However, Davidson Academy showed why they are considered a top title contender with a dominating 61-14 homecoming victory.
Davidson Academy’s offense continued to run at high efficiency as the Bears would find the endzone on their first four drives of the game. Quarterback Stone Norton opened up the scoring by finding Jared Vetetoe on a quick hook route that the receiver would turn into an 11 yard catch and run touchdown. The next two offensive drives for Davidson Academy were capped off by their dynamic RB Da’joun Hewitt. Hewitt is a game changer with his combination of power and speed. He burst through the middle of the line for a 28 yard touchdown and raced down the sideline for a 31 yard score on back to back series to put the Bears up 20-0 with under a minute to play in the first quarter.
Nashville Christian couldn’t sustain anything on their offensive possessions in the first quarter. The Eagles found a few big plays from running backs Micah Fann and Dakota Owens but couldn’t string enough plays together to score. The lone highlight for Nashville Christian in the first half was an electric 83 yard kickoff return for touchdown on the kickoff following the 2nd Hewitt score. Josh Strickland Jr. fielded the kickoff before racing through a gap on the left side of the coverage team and outrunning his pursuit to put the Eagles on the board. Nashville Christian had an opportunity to claw back into the game at this point but could not stop the Davidson Academy offensive attack. Stone Norton completed two more touchdown passes as the 2nd quarter came to an end to put Davidson Academy up 34-7 at halftime. Wilson Swann and AJ Quinn made excellent catches on the scores and were in sync with Norton all game.
Da’joun Hewitt scored his third touchdown of the game on the opening drive of the 2nd half and put the game truly out of reach. The Davidson Academy defense played well all game and actually helped extend the Bear’s lead by scoring three defensive touchdowns in the second half. Griffin Swinea and Kendyle Ball both scored by scooping up fumbles from bad shotgun snaps and an interception was also returned for a touchdown to put the final score at 61-14. Davidson Academy has firmly established themselves as a title contender this year and will finish the regular season with a visit to Zion Christian and by hosting Clarksville Academy. Nashville Christian will attempt to bounce back as they travel to Clarksville Academy next week and host Tipton-Rosemark in Week 11.