• John Macon Gillespie

Davis, Wildcats Taking Care Of Business

The Independence Wildcats(5-3, 2-0) are winners of five straight and confidence is skyrocketing. Their two wins to begin divsion play has them tied with Charleston for the top spot in region 2-3A. They will travel to face the Tigers in the final game of the season.

There is work too much work to be done, though, for the Cats to be worried about that game just yet. However, with a defensive unit that has only given up 49 points through the five-game winning streak, the Wildcats are going to be hard to beat.

Senior standout defensive lineman Demarco Davis says the defense, though, isn’t the only area his team is getting it done.

“We have all three phases of the game going,” Davis told SES Mississippi. “We have to keep bringing our hard hat, sledgehammer, lunch pail and stuff to work every day and we will be alright.”

“This season started off a little rough and rocky. We had a couple of injuries, but we didn’t let that hold us down and we fought through it. The coaches did a good job of putting the pieces together to help us succeed. Our confidence and attitude are at a high level now.”

Thus far in 2016 the 6’3 285-pound Davis has tallied 81 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hurries, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. As you might assume, judging from his size and production, he is a prospect of interest for the next level. That doesn’t go to his head, though. There are areas that he knows he must get right to be successful and he understands that much of his success is result of his teammates around him.

“Everyone on our defense plays a big part. I try to make everyone else’s job easier because they make my job easier. The main reason I have so many tackles for loss is because my teammates force the ball carries inside,” Davis explained.

“For me, it’s all about get-off and pad level. If I move and hit the lineman before he hits me I’m at an advantage. I have to have a lower pad level because I’m a taller guy. I have gotten stronger as a whole and really improved my inside game.”

With a crucial stretch still remaining for the Wildcats and a five-game winning streak in their rearview mirror, it is time to shine. That is exactly what Davis says his team wants to do. Additionally, he feels the team is coming together just right to make something special happen.

“We’re close as a team, and we are getting even closer. We all know that, in order to win, we need each other. We all want to win and that is bringing us closer,” He said.

Personally, winning a title is all that Davis is concerned with, knowing that his high school career is beginning to wind down to the final few games, even with the playoffs in clear view. Good luck getting his mind off a ring and playing the sport he loves.

“The time slowly coming to an end with my brothers. It’s going to be a bittersweet moment because I’m going to miss it. I love football. I’ve always loved this sport,” Davis stated. “I’m focusing on winning a championship.”

When reflecting on all the great memories he has collected in his career at Independence, he singles out one in particular from his freshman season.

“My best football memory was beating Coldwater in the first game of the season after not winning a game in two whole years,” Davis said.

**Photo by Brian Lentz of Tate County Preps.

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