McGill-Toolen at Davidson

This might be the year. four-star defensive end Sidell Corley and his teammates, from McGill-Toolen, have not beaten their rival Davidson in their prep careers. Corley's best friend, cornerback Michael McNeil, plays for the Davidson Warriors. It was rumored Corley might become a Warrior this year, but lost steam quickly. The Warriors will host the Yellow Jackets for a heated contest.

The tenth ranked McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets come into this test after a 2-0 start to the season. Those contests have barely seen them take a deep breath.

The Jackets defeated the (5A) UMS-Wright Bulldogs 34-13. The dogs came into the game without the services of one very big game-maker in wide receiver, four-star Brandon Gibson. The Yellow Jackets hosted region foe, M.T. Blount (1-1) last Saturday, and the Leopards were sent home with a 38-8 defeat.

While Corley has a soft verbal commitment to the Florida Gators, four-star defensive back and wide receiver Phelon Jones is going to fulfill a lifelong dream to become a Miami Hurricane.

Davidson has talent of their own. They have become one of the most productive high schools in the state of Alabama for producing athletes for the next level of play. This senior class is no exception. Offensive tackle Lionel Henderson, defensive end Damario Ambrose, linebackers Brandon Maye and Travis Means, and four-star safety Michael McNeil. The group holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Purdue, Southern Miss, West Virginia and UAB, just to name a few.

The Warriors squeaked out their first win 22-19 over 6A John LeFlore (1-1). Somehow they managed to come undone against region opponent Murphy the next week (41-7). Murphy had been taken apart the week prior (36-14) by what is clearly becoming one of the top teams in 6A this season, the Foley Lions (2-0).

Davidson turned the ball over seven times, two of those on the offensive snap. Davidson will play this week with a new center.

Coach Fred Riley tells us of the turnovers, "We just weren't playing fast enough. It wasn't poor ball handling. We hadn't practiced fast offensively for two weeks. With kids you can preach it, but sometimes they have to suffer the consequences of their actions. We saw it a little against LeFlore in the earlier game."

"We practiced well this week. We had gotten a little complacent and just going through the motions. We've practiced this week with more intensity and urgency. This is the first time we've practiced after a loss since September of 2004. Our losses have come in the play-offs since then, 17 straight wins in the regular season."

Riley convincingly said of this week, "We will play well. We are still young on offense, but we've got to get past that. We've got to play and practice fast."

The loss might be the worst thing that could have happened to McGill-Toolen. This is one determined group of Warriors.

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