Nitros Stage Rally
If Michael Davis played on a winning football team, there’s no telling how much fanfare he would have generated.
Instead, the senior wide receiver at Glendale High toils in relative anonymity, but it seems to suit him.
Davis, a sprinter on the Nitros’ track team, is known around the Pacific League as being one of the fastest, but it was his 59-yard pass to Martin Marin that sealed Glendale’s 20-17 upset win last Friday night over Crescenta Valley at Moyse Field that caught everyone’s eye.
Glendale (2-6 and 1-4 in league) trailed by four points until Davis took a handoff from quarterback Kevin Felix, and on a sweep, stopped and hit wide receiver Marin alone down the right sideline.
“I think we had our ups and downs,” said Davis (32 yards on seven rushes), who has a football scholarship from Brigham Young University. “In the fourth quarter, we came together.”
Davis is often used as a decoy, and was asked what he was thinking after hoisting the pass. “I hope he catches it for a touchdown,” he said.
Marin (135 yards and five catches) bobbled the ball, but found the grip and raced into the end zone with 2:39 left in the fourth quarter.
“I want to give thanks to the offensive line for blocking good, and for Michael throwing me the ball,” said Marin, who also had a 36-yard catch from Felix (nine of 15 for 118 yards) with 7:43 left in the final quarter as CV’s lead was reduced to 17-13. “I knew they were going to double team Michael.”
CV (228 total net yards) had two final opportunities, but quarterback Joe Torres was sacked by Carlo Maquiddang, who forced a fumble which was recovered by Luis Herrera, and Torres tossed four incomplete passes deep inside Falcons’ territory.
On the game’s opening play, tailback Christian Osorio (84 yards and 17 carries) bolted 48 yards, and two plays later, Osorio scored on a three-yard run that gave Glendale (288 total yards) a 7-0 lead.
David Hakobyan sacked Felix in the end zone for a safety with 5:26 showing in the first quarter to make it 7-2.
After a 75-yard march, the Falcons (3-5 and 1-4 in league) jumped ahead 10-7 as running back William Wang (173 yards on 23 rushes) had a five-yard run with 1:29 remaining in the initial quarter, and it became 17-7 when Ben Rees scored on a one-yard dash and 8:20 left before the half.