COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the high school football season, high-lights usually feature touchdowns and flashy offensive plays, but Hilliard Davidson’s football program prides itself on defense.
And their outstanding defense is a big reason why they are heading into round three of the Division I playoffs this Saturday night against Wayne High School at Dayton Welcome Stadium.
Coach Brian White says, “It’s kind of a program philosophy…that we’re going to play good defense and do everything we can to help our defense be successful.”
And successful they’ve been this season. Over the last twelve games. the Wildcat defense has only given up an average of five points a game. The team says they attribute a lot of their success this season to their unique chemistry.
Senior linebacker Andrew Kozman says, “We’ve all played together for a very long time, and that’s a huge part of football, that chemistry.”
With the success of the defense, many would think these athletes would be massive in size, but it’s just the opposite. The Wildcats only have two players on their defensive roster who weigh over 200 lbs.
Coach Brian White says, “While his defense is not the most imposing looking, he’s proud they are all playing up to their full potential this season.”
The team says their physical size does not matter as much as their work ethic and trust they possess for their brothers on the field. They also cherish their traditions off of the field.
Senior outside linebacker Dre Rodriguez says, “”We’re all pretty close, we’ll crack a joke about someone’s girlfriend or something, but when we get out on the field, we’re dead serious.”
They also say their favorite team tradition is listening and dancing to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers in the locker room after a team win.