Hilliard Davidson High School football coach Brian White is not accustomed to having his team play for “pride.”
The Wildcats, however, will be in that situation when they visit Westland on Friday, Oct. 27, in their season finale.
Davidson is 4-5 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Central Division and has been eliminated from contention for a Division I, Region 3 playoff berth. The Wildcats last missed the playoffs in 2007.
“Our kids have some pride,” White said. “They certainly don’t want to finish the season with a losing record. There’s a big difference between being .500 and having a losing record. We haven’t had a losing record since 2002, so it’s been 15 years since we had a losing record. I certainly don’t want to be on that end of the stick.”
Westland is 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Central and has lost six consecutive games.
Davidson still can earn a share of the league title with a win over the Cougars and a Dublin Coffman loss to Upper Arlington on Oct. 27.
“For us, goal No. 1 is to win the league,” White said.
The Wildcats have won three of their last four games, including a 28-7 win over visiting Marysville on Oct. 20 in which they committed five turnovers.
Running back Kalib O’Connor has rushed for 592 yards on 132 carries to lead Davidson’s ground attack, while running back Ben Wright has rushed for 465 yards and seven touchdowns on 132 carries.
Westland is led by sophomore quarterback Tyquwone Workman, who replaced DeShawn Evans as starter in Week 5 after Evans broke his leg during a 41-28 loss to Franklin Heights on Sept. 15.
Workman passed for 117 yards in a 49-0 loss at Coffman on Oct. 20.