MOCKSVILLE - Davie County wrote another impassioned chapter in its best start in 13 years Friday with a dramatic 31-30 win over visiting Mooresville. Davie built a 10-0 lead before the Blue Devils put up 16 unanswered points in the final 6:18 of the first half. The score was still 16-10 in Mooresville’s favor as the Blue Devils surged into kicker Isaac Riffle’s range late in the third quarter.
Hunter DeBerardino’s 16-yard completion to Ryan Jackson gave Mooresville a first down at the Davie 19 on the final play of the third quarter. The Blue Devils were primed to make it a two-possession game until Davie senior Justice Redmon intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 35 yards. Davie didn’t capitalize on Mooresville’s only turnover of the night, but Justus Tatum, Caleb Bowling and the defense forced a three-and-out and Davie got even with an explosive play. Nate Hampton threw short to Tate Carney, who dashed through the middle for 54 untouched yards. The extra point was wide right, leaving the game tied at 16 with 9:28 to go. Davie’s momentum did not last long. Keshaun Black returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards as Mooresville regained a 23-16 lead. Davie came right back, driving 71 yards in 10 plays.
The big play came on fourth-and-9 from Mooresville 44. Hampton’s pass was intended for Carney, but Jack Reynolds secured it in traffic for 13 yards. Then Za’Haree Maddox took over, making a 15-yard reception and hauling in an 18-yard TD on back-to-back plays.
This time Guillermo Moure’s kick was good to knot things at 23 with 6:39 remaining. Riffle tried a 55-yard field goal with 1:12 left for Mooresville, but it was short.
For Davie, Hampton found Reynolds for 38 yards to the Mooresville 26, but Moure’s 48-yard FG try was blocked with 13 seconds left. The clock stopped at :02 after Black’s 30-yard reception on a bubble screen.
Riffle attempted a 57-yard FG as time expired, but it was well short. Davie won the toss and elected to play defense in overtime.
On second down, Black took an end-around handoff and scored from 10 yards out with ease. Riffle’s PAT gave Mooresville a 30-23 lead. Davie’s first offensive play in OT resulted in a six-yard loss. On second down, Hampton fired a slant pass to Maddox, who scored to pull Davie within one.
Then Davie Coach Tim Devericks had a decision to make: kick for the tie or go for the win. He sent the offense back on the field. Hampton faked a pitch right to Carney, cut behind left guard Tanner Batten and converted the two-point play to set off a wild celebration.
Moores DeBerardino’s 258 passing yards and two TDs went in vain. Black did everything he could to lift Mooresville, making seven catches for 133 yards and scoring three TDs three different ways (receiving, special teams and rushing).