Knights steamroll Davie

Kennedy McKoy runs against Davie County on Friday at Palmer Field. (Photo by Brad Arrowood/The Dispatch)

WELCOME | North Davidson’s no-huddle, hurry-up offense is designed to put points on the scoreboard in a hurry.

The Black Knights took that to another level Friday night.

Using an unbelievably efficient offense, opportunistic defense and a little special-teams trickery, North scored 21 points in 66 seconds to break open a close game en route to a 41-24 victory over Davie County at Palmer Field. It was a complete win for the Knights, one week after suffering a disappointing 28-25 loss at Mount Tabor to open Central Piedmont Conference play.

North coach Mark Holcomb was pleased with what he saw. “That was a great win, and I thought we played hard,” Holcomb said. “We played with a lot of effort.

“The first half, the kids had fun. That’s the first time we’ve watched them jump around, and have a good time together. That’s what I enjoy about it, watching them have a good time.”

As much fun as the Knights were having, they made life equally miserable for Davie’s sophomore stud running back Cade Carney. The Knights swarmed him every time he touched it before the intermission, limiting him to (-) 3 yards on nine carries. That was a big key to North’s defensive game plan.

“There’s no secret about it, they’re gonna run Carney,” Holcomb said. “And then their quarterback (Parker Correll) has improved a lot as a runner. I think he was a little dinged up tonight, it looked like he was because he was limping a little bit.”

North was clicking on all cylinders from the opening kickoff, racing 80 yards on nine plays in less than three minutes. Brandon McCray was 4-for-5 passing on the drive, capped off by his 22-yard touchdown pass to Khylil Miller to make it 7-0.

Davie responded with its best drive of the night, at least while the game was still in doubt. Correll hooked up with Seth Dunn for two nice gainers, then found Paul Folmar for a 37-yard strike on third-and-long. That set up Jon Young’s 21-yard field goal to get the visitors within 7-3.

But the Knights came right back, this time with Miller at quarterback; he was 6-for-6 on the drive, and ran twice for 38 yards. His 24-yard pass to Caleb Moore set up Kennedy McKoy’s 3-yard touchdown run to make ti 14-3.

Two possessions later, Miller got hot again. His 6-yard touchdown run, on a read-option keeper that drew the entire Davie defense to McKoy, put the Knights in front 21-3 with 6:57 left in the half. That ignited a wild sequence of events and the situation proved to be too tempting to pass up for Holcomb. With his defense in complete control and the War Eagles on their heels, he called for an onside kick. Daniel Leonard delivered a beauty, and Quinn White recovered to give the Knights the ball right back. Three plays later, McCray hit Josh Thomas with a bubble screen that Thomas took 19 yards for a score. On the War Eagles’ next play from scrimmage, Carney fumbled, and Q Cunningham scooped up the loose ball and bolted 28 yards for another score.

Just like that, Davie was in complete shock, all of a sudden down 35-3. “When you look at the turn of events that happened right there, and, hey, sometimes the ball bounces your way, and sometimes it doesn’t,” Davie coach DeVore Holman said.

Davie tried to claw back in it early in the second half, and Carney’s 6-yard scoring run got the visitors within 35-9. But Xavier Baker answered with a 6-yard TD run for the Knights, and the cushion allowed the Knights to substitute freely the rest of the way.

Correll hooked up with Dunn and Ben Ellis for touchdown passes in the final three minutes.

North, now 6-1 overall, 1-1 in the Central Piedmont Conference, visits Parkland on Friday.

McKoy finished with 119 yards rushing for the Knights. Miller ran for 70 yards, passed for 57 and had 29 receiving yards.