The senior QB refused to lose Friday night’s homecoming game on the one-year anniversary of when his brother, Chris Davis, was killed in Oxford. He was good on his word, too. White Plains beat Pleasant Valley, 21-14.
The win was one thing, but the dominant performance by Reddick under the circumstances should gain respect county-wide.
He racked up a total of 257 yards and scored all three of the Wildcats’ touchdowns while giving his team the determination to pull the fourth-quarter comeback victory the entire second half.
“I just said, ‘Look, find somebody to play for.’” Reddick recalled. “’If you don’t have anybody to play for, then play for me. Do something.
“It was hard for real, but it was like he was still here looking at me,” Reddick said. “Last year, the homecoming game was the last time he got to watch me play. I just acted like he was there with my momma, looking at me and telling me, ‘Good job, keep going.’”
It was that same determination that Davis taught Reddick while he was growing up and learning the game.
“He just always kept telling me, ‘Hey man, keep pushing forward, keep pushing forward on Friday,’” he said. “My brother did all he could trying to keep me on track. He was always trying to be there for me no matter what. He tried to make it to all my games that he could.”
In a game that meant everything to Reddick, he meant everything to the outcome.
Running or throwing the ball on 38 of the Wildcats’ 42 snaps, not including punts, Reddick’s number was called the last 24 plays of the game. That total was every snap except for one after White Plains began the game with a three-and-out drive.
“When I have a lot on my mind, I don’t really think about my endurance,” he explained. “I look at what I’m trying to do and I look at who I’m doing it for.”
Putting everything into getting a homecoming win, Reddick said on Monday it felt great to win Friday night’s game in his brother’s honor.
“My brother would have wanted that,” Reddick said. “I could actually sleep good that night. I knew my brother was happy and the team was happy. It was a big boost for the community, too.”
• Defensive stand: Clay Central has an offense that can score at will, but don’t forget about defensive coordinator Kris Herron as you’re watching the Volunteers score touchdown after touchdown every week.
After posting a 60-0 shutout against Holtville, holding the Bulldogs to 39 total yards of offense, Clay Central made another defensive stand last Friday night against Munford.
Despite Munford ending the game with close to 150 yards of offense, Clay Central held the Lions to one first down and one yard of offense in the first half. You read that correctly—one yard of offense.
“When it came to first downs, we played about as well as we can play,” Clay Central coach Steve Giddens said on Monday. “Overall, in the first half we played the best defensively as we have all year.”
Good luck to everyone on the Volunteers’ schedule—you’ll need it. Clay Central is outscoring opponents 227-33, an average of 45.4-6.6 per game.
• Pink out: I could use a cliché or corny phrase, but the Faith Christian volleyball team sure was looking pink last night. And if you liked it, that’s good because you’re going to be seeing the new pink uniforms a lot in the future.
At last night’s game, Stephanie Camp, a breast cancer survivor, made the announcement that Faith Christian will be rocking the pink uniforms every October for … well, the rest of her life.
“I’ve already given them their socks and shoelaces,” Camp said on Monday. “I’m not sure what club, but they surprised them, too, and got them pink jerseys.”
Despite Camp making such a generous year-by-year life-time donation, she was actually returning a favor for what the girls did for her last year. Faith Christian announced at the school everyone should wear pink, but didn’t say it was for her.
“They just said it was Pink Out Night or something like that,” Camp added. “That night, the girls came over to me and said, ‘We’re all wearing pink ribbons in our hair for you.’ It was very touching to me.”