West Lincoln’s offense –– a hit-you-in-the-mouth rushing attack with very little passing –– flourished behind senior Daniel Davila.
Although small in size, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound fullback came up big for the Rebels and helped carry them in 2013 to one of their best offensive seasons under fourth-year head coach Tom Sain. After leading the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference in rushing as a junior, Davila finished second in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference this year in yards per game (116.3), third in total rushing yards (1,396) and second in carries (252).
All that individual output –– coupled with a rushing attack that featured another 1,000-yard rusher in quarterback Miguel Corella –– allowed West Lincoln to improve its offense this season by nearly 25 yards and three points per game, and helped it reach the state playoffs for a school-record fourth straight year.
2013 highlight reel: Davila rushed for 239 yards and three touchdowns in the Rebels’ 54-16 blowout of Cherryville in Week 3. They had a season-high 520 yards rushing that game, and Davila was named WBTV-3’s player of the week. He also finished his prep career as West Lincoln’s second leading rusher all-time with 3,650 total rushing yards, unofficially. Devyn Travis’ 3,870 yards from 2008-10 are the record.
Coach’s thoughts: “Daniel’s been a great worker while he’s been at West Lincoln. I think his hard work helped him become a great running back for us. We’re real proud for what he did and accomplished at West Lincoln for us offensively. His leadership qualities are on and off the field. He worked hard in the weight room in the offseason, and that continued on into the season. He’s a leader as far as practice and in games. He does a good job of encouraging other players. He’s a vocal leader, but he’s also a leader by what he does. He had great determination, and in that leadership he was a determined athlete. He never wanted to give nothing but his best offensively. He wasn’t going to let up. He was going to carry that team one way or the other. He just wanted to do everything he could do to make West Lincoln the best it could be.” –– Tom Sain