Micah Irwin topped 1,000 receiving yards for the season during Friday’s victory over Johansen High, joining elite company in the history of Davis football.
Davis coach Tim Garcia, a link to the Spartans’ glory days, can’t remember the last time a Davis player had more than 1,000 receiving yards. It will take some digging, he said.
Irwin achieved the milestone in a 50-0 rout of Johansen. He had eight catches for 159 yards and touchdown, giving him a Stanislaus District-best 1,099 yards on 59 catches.
“We’ve been keeping it under the radar. We’re trying to teach these kids how to handle the little bit of success they’ve had and what it means to be hungry and continue to grind,” Garcia said. “We’ve tried to downplay (his pursuit of 1,000 yards), but coming into a game like this, it was a great opportunity for him to go over that mark.
“He should be happy for himself.”
Irwin has been one of the top comeback players in the district. He missed his junior season with injury, which fueled his drive this fall.
“He’s a really good football player and he’s done a great job bouncing back from the injury last year,” Garcia said. “He’s a kid with tremendous heart who is coachable. He deserves to have this kind of success.”
With the win, the Spartans snapped a six-game losing streak.
Xavier Rodriguez enjoyed his best game of the season, completing 18 of his 29 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Francisco Mercado also had two rushing touchdowns for Davis (3-6, 1-4), which closes the regular season against Enochs at Don Lanphear Stadium.
“I’ve been telling people we’re a pretty good football team,” Garcia said. “The kids have improved in a lot of ways. When you play the big dogs (Gregori, Modesto and Downey), you have to play at a high level for a long time. If you lose momentum, it makes things difficult.
“We’re getting a lot of mileage out of the kids and I feel we’re better than our record shows. Realistically, we’re one or two or three plays from being 6-4 or 5-5.”