Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hill’s 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.
“If he’s fired up, we’re fired up,” said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. “Just give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.”
Davis got things going early for Bunker Hill, scoring on a 30-yard run up the middle in the first quarter. The Warrior defense did little to stop Davis, who finished the game with 211 rushing yards on 27 carries.
“My offensive line opened up all the holes and made it really easy for me,” Davis said with a smile. “As soon as we hit the field, I was in the groove.”
Homecoming, however, did not start off as planned for the Bears. West Caldwell started the game with Ryan Corpening’s 3-yard score that capped an eight-play, 49-yard opening drive. Davis’ first score tied the contest before Bunker Hill took its first 13-7 lead on a Litton 1-yard run.
Midway through the second quarter, Davis scored on a 56-yard screen pass from Litton (1-of-3 passing, 63 yards and a touchdown) to give the Bears breathing room.
“I do better when I’m relaxed,” Davis said. “Since it was homecoming, I was real excited so I had to keep my head together.”
Bunker Hill head coach Travis Conner said homecoming can be a distraction to a football team, but he said the school’s faculty and staff made it special for this year’s squad.
“We had a pep rally this afternoon — the student body was going crazy in the gym, the band was playing and all our seniors were dancing — Reggie even did a back flip,” he said. “Our student body helped us win this game.”
Davontaye Wilson also scored twice in the win for the Bears. The senior scored on an impressive 34-yard run in the second quarter, in which he ran up the left sideline and broke through a tackle at the goal line.
“He can out run me,” a laughing Davis said of Wilson. “I’m the power — he’s the speed.”
Wilson also returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
“Davontaye is electric when he has the ball in his hands,” Conner said. “We have tough, hard — physical runners with Reggie, Wilson and (Justin) Lynch.”
Bunker Hill improves to 6-3 overall, 2-3 in Catawba Valley Athletic Conference play and travels to Maiden next week.
West Caldwell falls to 3-6, 2-3 in CVAC. The Warriors travel to Draughn next week.