BLOOMFIELD–In the first round of the playoffs, Davis County led West Burlington-Notre Dame (WB-ND) 18-0 early in the 3rd quarter but could not hold off the Falcons’ second-half charge and the Mustangs fell 30-24.
Both Carson Maeder and Gavin McCall ran for over 100 yards as the Mustangs took advantage of four first-half WB-ND turnovers to build their lead. McCall’s second touchdown of the game gave the Mustangs their 18-0 advantage. Maeder’s 19-yard touchdown run came early in the fourth quarter to give Davis County a 24-16 lead.
In addition to the turnovers, the Falcons had to overcome the loss of their top rusher Travain Donaldson in the first quarter, who ran for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. His replacement, senior Kendall Baker, fumbled near the goal line in the second quarter with WB-ND trailing 6-0. Baker settled down and ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Baker’s second touchdown broke a 24-24 tie in the fourth quarter. Davis County made it to the Falcons’ 22 yard line on its final drive but a Carson Maeder interception ended the Mustangs’ chances.
Davis County outgained WB-ND 440-306.
The Mustangs’ second touchdown drew the ire of WB-ND. On the last play of the second half, Maeder was scrambling in the backfield with the football. Before he threw the ball downfield, a whistle blew. Meader tossed the football down the field and Caedyn Glosser caught the 53-yard pass and stood in the endzone. After a conference, the officials let the play stand which gave Davis County a 12-0 edge at the time.
Davis County season ends with a record of 3-4. The Falcons (4-4) advance to take on Williamsburg next week.