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Davis Football on the Rise

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Yakima, WA---

   Some of the best stories in sports come when a team goes from season after season of losing.  To a team that gains respect and competes every week, the Davis Pirates are that team.   

    The Pirates are led by head coach Rick Clark. The man in charge of inspiring a turn around, for a program that's never made a state playoff appearance.

   Clark on the first day of training camp to inspire his troops said this:  "General Heisman said ... They named a trophy after him ... But what he said about a fumble ... It is better to die a small child than to fumble the football ..."

    Clark is in his fifth year coaching Davis high football. In his first four seasons, the team managed just five wins.  In this year alone the Pirates already have five, and the school has taken notice.

     Running back Austin Wagner said, "The school has really started supporting us. At first, it was nobody would come to the games and if they did... they would leave in the 2nd quarter when we were losing by 40 points already."

     Quarterback Deion Wright added, "It was bad. We would hate having to hear that. We were going through a tough time, trying our hardest to win.  Now, this year they are asking if we are going to win."

     Wagner said, "It really has helped us a lot. It has given us the confidence to go out there and play our hardest, knowing that we got people that want to see us win and support us."

     Two juniors are leading the way. Deion Wright leads the big nine in passing yards. On the ground its Austin Wagner, and whose third in the league in scoring.

     Wright said his success is due in large part to the system the team has.  "We have the reads already built into the system so I don't go out there and not know where I am going with the ball based off coverage."

     Coach said about Wagner: "Great work ethic, very intelligent ... He's a wrestler, got a toughness about him."

      Unfortunately, history for Davis will not come this fall.  Last week's loss to Wenatchee ended their playoff dreams. The Pirates can still leave their mark with one more win, to give the school its third winning season.