Monarch coach Calvin Davis was not concerned when he found out that he was losing his top receiver because of eligibility problems. When Calvin Ridley was declared ineligible for the remainder of the season, Davis just figured that the next man would stand up and be counted.
Ellex Davis was that man Thursday night against Coral Springs. Davis, who is known to his teammates as “Pooh,” stood up in a big way and let his presence be known.
The 5-11, 175-pound senior caught 12 passes for 306 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Knights over the Colts 70-31 in a District 11-8A contest at Butler Stadium.
Davis also picked off a Coral Springs pass and returned it 34 yards for a score in the second quarter to give the Knights a 43-18 lead with 4:42 to play in the first half.
“[Thursday night] was Pooh’s night to shine,” Davis said. “He has been doing that in practice every day since we have been here. These guys know that we have a world of Division I talent and that they have to be patient and wait their turn. Pooh took advantage of his reps and showed everyone what he can do.”
Davis, who has offers from FAU, FIU and Temple, was ready to assume the perch at the top of the mantle as the leader of the offense.
“I knew that once Calvin wasn’t coming back, I would have to be more productive in games,” Pooh Davis said. “I am looking to take his place as the main part of our offense and show the guys that they can count on me to get the job done. I just want to do what is best for the team and play to the best of my ability.”
Quarterback Michael Harris directed the Knights’ high-octane air assault as he went 24 of 35 for 439 yards and five passing touchdown.
Harris also gained 65 yards rushing and scored on a 1-yard keeper late in the third quarter.
“I know my role on this team, and that is to get the ball to our skill players and let them do what they do best,’ Harris said after the game. “I have to deliver the ball and let guys like Pooh run with it and score touchdowns. We did that pretty well [Thursday night].”
Harris’ counterpart from Coral Springs, Jake Bofshever, also had a solid game as he went 14 of 29 for 235 and one touchdown passing. He also rushed for 157 yards on 18 carries and scored one rushing touchdown. Bofshever, however, had two first-half interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
The interception return by Davis ended a very convincing first half for the Knights.
“My defensive backs coach told me to play for the slant and to move a little more inside,” Pooh Davis said. “The ball was right where we thought it would be, and I was off like a jet from there.
“There is no way that they were going to catch me. I was taking it to the house.”
The Knights (5-0, 3-0) had amassed 345 yards of offense in the first half. They scored on every drive in the first half, with the exception of one errant throw by Harris that was picked off by Evans Metellus, who also had the game’s first touchdown for the Colts.
“Our offensive production was on point,” Calvin Davis said. “When we are firing on all cylinders like that, we are a difficult team to stop.
“We are just overloaded with top talent. Coral Springs has some good players, but we are awfully tough to stop.”
Jahcour Pearson caught eight passes for 156 yards and a touchdown for Coral Springs. David Goodwin finished with 112 yards on 15 carries for the Colts. Goodwin also scored a touchdown on a 29-yard run in the third quarter.
Alabama commit Shawn Burgess Becker had two quarterback sacks and two tackles for loss to lead Monarch’s defense. Ronnie Hoggins also had an interception that he returned 65 yards for a Monarch touchdown in the second quarter.
“We did not accomplish what I wanted to do defensively, but you have to give Coral Springs credit,” Calvin Davis said. “They did not give up, and they kept fighting.
“They would not go away quietly.”
The Colts (3-2, 1-1) got on the board quickly as Metellus took Bofshever’s first-quarter pass 27 yards for the game’s first score. Coral Springs briefly led 7-0. It was all downhill from there for the Colts, who would not lead again.
Monarch tied the score at 7 after Harris threw his first scoring pass of the night to Davis, a 21-yard catch and run that saw Davis break a few tackles on his way to the end zone.
There was only one punt in the game, and it did not occur until the beginning of the fourth quarter, after Coral Springs failed to complete a third-down pass.