CDO senior Gavin Davis is making a name for himself and he’s shown the patience and fortitude to make it happen in his final year of high school football.
Davis, who transferred to CDO from Pusch Ridge last season, earned the AllSportsTucson.com APS Digital Player of the Week honors after rushing for 135 yards on 13 carries with five touchdowns in the Dorados’ 59-0 win over visiting Flowing Wells in the season opener last week.
He admits he loves playing defensive back more than running back — a position of which he is contributing mightily in place of injured Stevie Rocker (ankle) — because of the ability to “hurl my body at people without getting in trouble for it.”
Davis and CDO coach Dustin Peace took part in our first Player of the Week Show at Wings Over Broadway on Thursday night.
The Dorados will board a bus and travel approximately four hours on Friday to play at Prescott at 7 p.m. Prescott, of the 4A Grand Canyon, is coming off a 34-24 loss at Goodyear Desert Edge last week. Desert Edge was 9-4 last season.
Prescott, which finished 7-4 a season ago, lost at CDO 35-23 in a late September game last year that was rescheduled after being postponed because of lightning in the opener.
“We’re excited to play (Prescott),” Davis said. “I think it’s going to be a good game. It’s a great test again to see who we are. I’m excited to see our defense fly around and our offense make plays.”
Peace said Prescott is “always a solid football program.”
“Early-season test, playing way up there on the road,” Peace added. “We like the trip … I do. It’s the only time as a coach you sit there for 3 1/2, 4 hours and just relax, let your mind relax
“I think our kids, even though it’s a long trip and we all think that, they’re riding on a nice chartered bus. They get to kick their feet up and put on a movie. We get to relax our minds and be ready to play football. It’s also a great opportunity to make those kind of moments as a team and bond as a team in those kind of situations — travel.”
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