After a last-second loss in last year’s homecoming game, Gilbert Highland quarterback Drew Davis wanted to make sure his final homecoming game had a better outcome.
Davis provided 305 total yards Friday in Highland’s 42-15 5A nonregion victory over Yuma Kofa.
“It feels really good after losing last year,” Davis said. “It’s amazing. I can’t even describe it.”
Davis may not have been able to describe it, but his stat line speaks volumes. In the air, Davis connected on 11 of 18 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Davis scrambled for 106 yards on 11 carries.
Both touchdown passes came with some impressive contortionism on the part of his receivers.
On his first touchdown pass, Davis hit Jamison Ellis on a 35-yard strike that had Ellis tightrope-walking along the sideline on the last 10 yards of the score.
“I have faith in Jamison to get anything I throw to him,” Davis said. “He’s amazing.”
On his second touchdown pass, receiver Tanner Johnson and his Kofa defender caught the ball at the same time with Johnson wresting enough control for the officials to give him the touchdown.
Highland running back Eli West contributed 99 yards on 10 carries, including scoring runs of 18 and 10 yards.
Defensively, the Hawks stymied Kofa running back Timmy Lee to 60 yards on 16 carries, with half his yardage coming on two carries. Lee entered the game with 482 yards of total offense in three games.
Highland now has a bye week before entering region play. Last year, the Hawks failed to win a region game but are confident they’ll turn that around in the tough Fiesta Region.
“I think we’re where we need to be,” said Highland coach Pete Wahlheim. “We haven’t beaten a quality team yet, but I like our chances (against region opponents).”