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Daythan Davis' 3 rushing TDs help Aledo cruise, 44-3, past Highland Park
ALLEN — Aledo is on the third of its fourth Davis brother — and the Bearcats couldn’t be happier. Senior fullback Daythan Davis had three rushing touchdowns in a season-opening 44-3 victory over Highland Park in the Tom Landry Classic at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
Aledo controlled from every perspective. Davis had 98 yards rushing behind a powerful offensive line led by senior center Caleb Buchanan. A four-man defensive front led by Zach Hyles and Cory Stitle made the majority of tackles rather than talented linebacker Jordan Mittie. Junior speedster Ryan Newsome transferred from Hurst L.D. Bell last spring and rushed for a touchdown while at quarterback and had a catch at receiver.
Highland Park had its 194-game streak of scoring touchdowns stopped. The Scots rebounded with nine-consecutive wins after losing to Aledo in the Landry Classic (31-12) at SMU last season.
Aledo moved Davis to tight end from linebacker midway through last season. But he only had one carry for nine yards. After a strong spring, Davis established himself as a fullback and already had an offer from Air Force before this season started with Kansas State beginning to show high interest. Davis showed his 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash and his power on touchdown runs of 5, 11 and 21 yards.
“I’d played running back until I was a freshman,” Davis said. “It’s just a better fit for me on offense. It feels normal. And then the last two years I’ve grown from about 5-11, 180 to 6-2, 230.”
Davis has two older brothers who played at Aledo and both in college (Dane is a 6 feet 2 inches tall sophomore linebacker at Harvard.) The beneficiary of the Davis brothers has been Aledo coach Tim Buchanan, who added that younger brother Dillon is Aledo’s freshman quarterback.
Aledo took a 7-0 lead on its first possession as Newsome had a 6-yard touchdown run during the 10-play, 65-yard drive led by first-time starting quarterback Luke Bishop. Aledo took a 14-0 lead with a 14-play, 98-yard drive capped by Davis’ 5-yard run.
Highland Park trailed 17-3 at halftime with its only score on a 30-yard field goal by senior Will Sanders set up by a blocked punt and starting on Aledo’s 16. On Highland Park’s first nine drives, it had six punts, two interceptions and the field goal.