Thursday night's game for JaQuan Davidson was bittersweet. His Elizabeth Forward team suffered a 40-16 loss to unbeaten West Mifflin.
But not before Davidson would leave his mark on the game. The 6-4, 195-pound Davidson amassed 262 total yards of offense--92 yards through the air with a touchdown pass, and one on a run.
Davidson hit Matt Bernadowki for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, keeping his team in it. He scored later on a 77-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw. All in all, an impressive 170 yards rushing on just eight carries.
For the season, Davidson has thrown for 581 yards and nine touchdown passes his year, and has rushed for 562 yards with five rushing scores.
"We came out pretty good on defense," Davidson said. "We have a good team at Ringgold next week, so we have to be ready for them, too."
Thursday night's game was delayed an hour and 51 minutes due to lightning. The game was delayed with 9:30 left in the second quarter. Davidson said it was tough to overcome the long delay, and with some talk that the game would be resumed on Friday.
"After that delay, we all got tired, and didn't want to play anymore," Davidson said. "We were all focused on playing (Friday). We just lost control on defense, and offense too. I was getting sleepy, I'm not going to lie, but I wasn't going to give up on my team."
Earlier in the night, Davidson made his verbal commitment to Pitt. Last week, he spoke with Panther Digest, saying that Pitt made up significant ground in his recruiting process. After his game Thursday night, he explained why.
"It felt so good to get it out of the way," Davidson said. "For the last few weeks, it's been bothering me. I'm happy I got it out of my way, and now I'm a Pitt Panther."
Academics, and his relationship with chief recruiter Joe Rudolph were major factors in his decision to come to Pitt.
"It just felt like home to me," Davidson said. "They didn't care about me as a player--they cared about me as a person. They've been there for me."
"Joe Rudolph helped a lot, even though he's a Belle Vernon guy," Davidson joked. "It was close until Pitt did what they did. They blew everyone else off the charts. They're 3-1, and I'm excited about that, too."
Even though position wasn't much of a factor, Davidson said he will start off at receiver.
Even after the loss, Elizabeth Forward head coach Mike LeDonne praised his player for making his decision, and praised the Pitt coaching staff for the way they recruited Davidson.
"I'm just proud of him for making his decision, because I know he wanted to get it out of the way," LeDonne said. "I told him I would have been proud of him if he went to Pitt, West Virginia or Western Michigan. He gets to stay close to home, so I can go see him play.
"Joe Rudolph did a tremendous job recruiting him. He's a Belle Vernon guy, and he made JaQuan feel right at home. I'm very happy for him."