Defending 5A champion Cherry Creek goes into to playoffs having lost two of their last three games. Despite the rough streak, losing games to conference rivals Grandview and Valor Christian before righting the course with a 42-7 win over Eaglecrest. Solid on defense, Creek has struggled this season to find its offensive footing as numerous new players man the line and the skill positions.
Despite the loses, Creek did find a bright spot as senior move in Marquise Davis added an explosive element to the Bruin offense rushing for over 100 yards against a very tough Valor Christian defense two weeks ago and this past weekend rushing for 117 yards and a score against Eaglecrest.
A move in from Florida’s Nease High School, home of Tim Tebow, Davis is now more than comfortable in the Cherry Creek program stating, “You know we have a great group of guys on both sides of the ball. As you know, I play offense and defense and everyone around just makes me better, we all work hard and are hard on each other just to make us better.”
Davis, who does it all for Creek, playing corner, running back, special teams and sometimes lining up in the slot says, regarding running back, “I've gotten a lot more comfortable with playing running back primarily now. I switched from playing receiver and corner to play running back, which I haven't played running back since my sophomore year.” Key to Davis’ game is great speed. Davis self-reports a 4.46 forty and a 10.68 100 meters, watching him play, his film backs that up. Beyond his speed, Davis runs hard, gets downhill and his willing to finish runs.
The 2016 speedster has yet to gain a DI offer but is in contact with Kansas, Clemson, Utah State, Troy, Villanova and UMass. Davis is using his lack of an offer as motivation saying, “It just makes me work harder! I know I'll get one soon, I'm just patiently waiting, colleges will see talent and they'll find you. So the recruiting process is just a matter of being patient. ”
Davis does not feel his move has hurt his recruitment and in fact he believes he is gaining greater exposure. Recently Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado have shown some initial interest. Right now Davis is focused on Creek, playoffs and another run. This week Cherry Creek opens playoffs against Rock Canyon on a side of the bracket that is very winnable.