As his team looks to snap a three-game losing streak, Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian Whites said the Wildcats’ focus must begin on the practice field.
Davidson fell to 1-3 with a 17-10 loss to visiting Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 15.
“We’re hoping to have a good practice. That’s where it starts with us,” White said. “I don’t know if we can talk about wins and losses as much as just going out and having a good practice (Sept. 18) and then figure out a way to do it again (Sept. 19) and every day this week. If we can do that, maybe it will give us a little better chance Friday night to have success.”
Lancaster improved to 2-2 with a 42-7 win at Newark on Sept. 15.
The Wildcats have dominated the series with the Golden Gales, winning all seven matchups, including 31-7 last season.
Both teams have similar styles, emphasizing the ground game and an aggressive, stingy defense.
“I’m sure they turn on the film and look at us and say it’s the same Davidson team we’ve seen and I feel the same way when we turn on the film of them,” White said. “They look the exact same as any other time we’ve played them. They’re running their offense extremely crisply and they have a really good running back (Shea Goss) who’s a returning starter. We think he’s outstanding.”
White said a costly turnover late in the first half against Liberty led to a Patriots touchdown and a 17-7 deficit at halftime. Davidson held Liberty scoreless in the second half, but could only manage a 21-yard field goal by Sean Carrier in the fourth quarter.
“We had our chances, but they’re a better team than us,” White said.
“We played better, but we still made those crucial mistakes. There’s just no margin for us to make the errors that we’re making against the teams that we’re playing right now.”
Quarterback Carson Felicetty rushed for 106 yards on 29 carries to lead the Wildcats, and Ben Wright scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
Wright leads the Wildcats in rushing with 232 yards and four touchdowns on 75 carries.
Against Newark, Lancaster had three 100-yard rushers, led by Alex Widener, who ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns. Goss and Brandon Barnette each ran for 114 yards and a touchdown.