Rivalry sets Davis, Sulphur high schools, towns apart

Football tradition is in high esteem at Davis and Sulphur high schools. Both are in Murray County, and consolidating the schools has been mentioned before. But that idea meets resistance locally.
BY RJ YOUNG ryoung@opubco.com Modified: July 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm •  Published: July 29, 2012

“It's a family deal,” Maynard said. “They continue to support it regardless of what happened the year before. These people around here love it.”

Davis High School head coach Jody Weber took over the program from his father, Joe Weber. Jody's son Cole Weber was the Wolves' quarterback.

Last season, Jody led the Wolves to a 9-2 record. The Wolves have a 121-24 record during the course of his career.

“Winning is something that's been going on a long time,” Summers said.

Summers is an assistant coach at Davis and has been for 11 years. He believes the football program flourishes because its coaches stay put.

“We're not a bunch of gypsies,” Summers said. “We get here and seem to like this town.”

It's one of a handful of teams in the state that still runs the wishbone offense. The offense has been a mainstay of the Wolves for over 30 years.

Davis teenagers learn to run the wishbone as early as middle school and learn traits — teamwork, discipline, character — option football requires.

Jennings said learning those traits early in life helped make him the man he is today.

“What it gave me was not only lessons in football, but life lessons,” Jennings said. “I mean there's no doubt I wouldn't be where I'm at in my life without our coaching staff and the football program that I played in here.”

He's proud of Davis High Schools' playoff streak, proud of its state championships and proud of how the town supports its football team.

Yet, he's most proud of how prepared Davis High School football players are for the world ahead.

“We teach them to compete in life after football, whether it be good husbands, good fathers, how to handle adversity, just like the game teaches,” Jennings said.

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