Super 7 Poll Champion

Davidson continues winning tradition


The Hilliard Davidson High School football team enters each season with two primary goals: win an OCC championship and go undefeated in the regular season.

For the eighth time, the Wildcats accomplished both. They went 7-0 in the OCC-Central Division to finish one game ahead of runner-up Dublin Coffman (6-1) and won all 10 of their regular-season games.

The league title was their fourth in a row and 14th overall.

Davidson also finished the regular season as ThisWeek's Super 7 poll champion, earning the honor for the third time in the last four years. The Wildcats were first in the poll all 10 weeks of the regular season.

Westerville Central was second in the final Super 7 poll, followed by Worthington Kilbourne, Pickerington North, New Albany, Hartley and Marion-Franklin.

"For high school kids to get motivated to play 10 straight weeks is something pretty special, let alone if you're playing Dublin Coffman, Olentangy Liberty, Upper Arlington. Marysville, Hilliard Darby, Grove City and Beavercreek," 15th-year coach Brian White said. "For our kids to come out against those teams for 10 straight (Friday) nights is something that is very special."

Ranked fourth in the final Division I state poll, Davidson qualified for the postseason for the sixth consecutive year. It's the program's 12th playoff appearance under White and 14th overall.

The top seed in Region 2, the Wildcats defeated 16th-seeded Miamisburg 48-7 in the first round Nov. 9 and improved to 12-0 with a 20-7 win over eighth-seeded Pickerington North in the second round Nov. 16.

Davidson, which won state titles in 2006 and 2009, faces fifth-seeded Huber Heights Wayne in a regional semifinal Saturday, Nov. 23.

"It's something that most kids don't get a chance to feel, so it's definitely humbling," senior defensive back Nick Stull said of the program's winning tradition. "It's (the result of) the work we try to put in the weight room and just listening to coach White. He's probably one of the greatest coaches around, just what he does and what he makes us do. He seems to get the best out of every one of us every game and every day."