Every time you looked up, Nigel Davis was making another big play.
The St. Joe’s product dominated all aspects of the 39th annual Kensington Lions All-Star Football Classic Wednesday night as he played running back, defensive back and kicker, leading the North to a 28-6 victory over the South.
Davis ran for 100 yards on 14 carries, picked off two South passes (both in the red zone, one of which he returned 63 yards) and served as the team’s kicker.
“Coming out tonight, I just wanted to play hard for my friends and family out here supporting me,” Davis said. “I also wanted to close my career out on a good note. Coach put me in good spots. He gave me the ball when I needed it ,and he put me on the sidelines when I need a breather.”
Davis ran the North out to a 14-0 lead early with touchdown runs of 13 and 15 yards, the latter of which came after he reversed field for the score.
“I was running the sweep and our fullback had a great block,” Davis said. “The way they were coming for the backside pursuit, I had no choice. Once I cut back, I had open field to run.”
Davis missed some of his senior year, but will take his talent to Division II New Haven in the fall, where he’ll play both running back and defensive back.
The North team had no trouble running the ball in general as Davis, Daniel Bronson (Lockport), Roman West (Hutch-Tech), Evan Majewski (Starpoint), Moziah Townsend (Lockport) and Austen Lauricella (Akron) combined for more than 300 yards rushing.
The North took a 20-0 lead when Ryan Majewski (Williamsville North) hit his high school teammate Kolbe Hughes for a 60-yard touchdown.
The South team failed to score until there was just over a minute left in the first half when quarterback Jake Sisson (Jamestown) scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown.
The North defensive front dominated early, allowing just 13 yards and no pass completions passes in the first quarter. Led by defensive end Tommy Doctor (Grand Island), the North stifled the South’s offense throughout the game.
The South quarterbacks didn’t exactly show off the talent that made them All-Western New York selections. Sisson threw three interceptions and Brian Stoldt (Alden) completed less than half of his passes.
The teams seemed to be trying to one-up each other in the mistake department early in the second quarter.
First, Sisson threw a pass directly to Davis, which was returned to the South 36-yard line. On the third play of the ensuing drive, Bronson threw an interception to Derrick Sekuterski (Depew). On the very next play, Sisson was again intercepted, this time by Emaure Williams.
West added a late touchdown run to make it 28-6.