H.S. Football: Davenport passes Mohawk to win over Smith Voke

  • Mohawk quarterback Shawn Davenport went 8-for-18 for 160 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against Smith Vocational on Friday. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/20/2019 9:28:12 PM
Modified: 9/20/2019 9:27:58 PM

BUCKLAND — It was a game to remember for Mohawk Trail Regional quarterback Shawn Davenport. 

The junior had it going through the air and on the ground, finishing 8-for-18 through the air for 160 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for 26 yards and a pair of scores in Mohawk’s 37-6 rout of Smith Vocational in an Intercounty North game played in Buckland. 

The Warriors jumped out to a 20-0 lead after the first 24 minutes of action, and outpossessed the Vikings, 25:05-21:55, in the contest. 

At the half, Davenport had 153 yards and the three passing touchdowns. 

“I know he can deliver,” Warriors coach Doug McCloud said. “If the line blocks, he can deliver. Every week, he gets better and better. He’s doing a great job.”

Jaden Whiting was on the receiving end of two touchdowns, while running back Evan Shippee carried the way for 98 yards.

On the opening kickoff of the game, Smith Voke’s kicker hit the ball awkwardly, as it only went one yard downfield, giving Mohawk great field position to start. 

On the first play, Davenport sent a shot down the field to a wide open Jaden Whiting, who lost the ball in the sun and dropped a walk-in touchdown. 

The drop didn’t derail the Warrior attack, as a 30-yard run by Shippee on the next play put the ball at the 10, and two plays later, Davenport found Matthew Pollen for a two yard touchdown. 

The Mohawk offense struck again with 8:09 to go in the second quarter, as the Warriors saw the Vikings pack the box on a third and inches on the Smith Voke 34-yard line, and instead of running into the crowded line, Davenport found Shippee wide open, who walked into the end zone to put the Warriors up 13-0. 

“We threw a mesh,” McCloud said. “We figured they were going to pack the middle, so it was just the two ends and it was wide open.”

The final minute of the first half saw possession change hands three times. 

Mohawk fumbled the ball on a fourth and 18 to give Smith Voke a chance to get a score before the half, as they took over on their own 41. 

Instead, quarterback Cayden Guimond threw a pass that was picked off by Whiting, and a penalty for a blindside hit put the ball on the Vikings’ 12-yard-line. On the next play, Davenport found Whiting wide open for a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the half. 

“It’s pretty great to be able to put up numbers like this and have the team around me where I know we can do this every single week,” Davenport said. “It’s the entire team that got me this. Nobody can stop us when we play like we did today. We’re amazing when everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do, it works perfectly. You saw that today.”

The Warriors threw the ball 15 times in the first half, knowing going into the game they could exploit Smith Voke in the secondary. 

“It proves coach believes I can do it,” Davenport said, “and we as a team can make time and get the ball where it needs to be to make big plays and make things happen.”

In the second half, Mohawk looked to pound the football and kill clock, as they did so with success. 

Davenport scored on a quarterback sneak with 3:30 left in the third quarter, and added another 15-yard touchdown scamper in the 9:43 left in the game, as he rolled to his right, but with nobody open, took off running, diving and reaching the football over the pylon to score his fifth touchdown of the game. 

McCloud credits a balanced offense for his teams success. 

“My offensive line, that’s where we won the game today,” McCloud said. “They were outstanding. Shippee, it doesn’t show up as the big stats, but he just kept pounding those yards and pounding those yards then they have to come down inside and cover it and then we’re wide open on the outside.”

The Smith Voke offense struggled to move the ball in the second half after Guimond left the game with a leg injury. 

This forced running back Chevron Wall under center, who pulled off a 33-yard scamper, setting the Vikings up just outside the red zone, where he found a cutting Jonathan Castro, who broke through for the lone Smith Voke score of the game. 

The Vikings went for the two-point conversion, but Wall’s pass was picked off by Levin Prondecki. 

After missing the opening extra point of the game, Cullen Brown made the next four extra points, as well as capping the game off with a 34-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the game.

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