Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Davidson keeps its head in coin toss

The Davidson football team has won eight of its past 10 games entering Saturday’s game against Morehead State, but the Wildcats might not have maintained the streak if not for a heads-up move during a coin toss.

Before Davidson’s 20-10 win Saturday against Jacksonville, the Dolphins won the coin toss, but a poor decision helped cost Jacksonville the game. When asked what they wanted to do, a Dolphins player said, "We’ll kick."
Davidson then smartly deferred to the second half, meaning the Wildcats would receive the kickoff in each half. Davidson needed that extra boost, scoring on its opening drive of the second half to help erase a 10-0 deficit and spark a victory.

"That was really the key to the game," Davidson coach Tripp Merritt said. "We scored on three plays, and that got us going again."

Davidson dominated the rest of the way, gaining 301 yards in the second half to only 111 yards for Jacksonville.

"It was just a mistake on their part," Merritt said. "But luckily our guys were paying attention and knew what to do."

-- Kevin Cary