Danville's Teater finally has chance to play for title

December 03, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

The first time Danville and Boyle County both played in the state championship games the same day, Davis Teater was among the fans at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

At the time, he was a freshman at Lincoln County dreaming of one day playing in a state title game. He watched Danville beat Newport Central Catholic to win the Class A title and Boyle beat Glasgow to win the Class AA crown.

He was back at the same stadium a year later to watch Danville and Boyle bring two more championships back to Title Town.

"That was something that really stuck with me," said Teater. "Once you get in high school, you want to get the same kind of opportunity."


Teater transferred to Danville for his junior year and was a starter last season when the Admirals lost to Mayfield in the Class A semifinals. He went back to Louisville to watch Mayfield beat Beechwood in the title game.

"Last year to be that close to a championship, not get there and then see Mayfield win was kind of hearbreaking," Teater said. "I really wanted to be there. Last year we came up shorter, but that would make this year even sweeter."

Teater will be in Danville's starting lineup Friday when the Admirals try to win their third state crown in four years when they play Beechwood in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The Admirals (13-1) would not be playing Friday if Teater had not caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 37 seconds to play in Danville's regional title victory over Holy Cross two weeks ago.

"Beside the walk-off home run I had against Campbellsville last year, that was the biggest play I've ever made in any sport," Teater said. "That's probably a play you tell your kids about when they ask you what you did in high school or how you played in high school."

Teater has five catches for 128 yards and four touchdowns this year even though he's played mainly in the defensive secondary. He is Danville's second leading tackler with 82 stops.

"He's such an intelligent kid," Danville coach Sam Harp said. "You tell him something one time, and he has it."

Teater didn't need long to fit in once he transferred to Danville, either.

"He fit in well right from the start," Harp said. "He's quiet, but his work ethic spoke volumes to our other players. He has skills, too, and is very team-oriented. But his work ethic is what really impressed our other players."

"My two years here have been nothing but special," Teater said. "I really can't find words to describe them. Everybody has been so great and supportive of me. I wish I had been here four years instead of two. I still think and read about what goes on at Lincoln County and wish them the best, but I'm glad I'm here."

Teater never envisioned himself as an all-state player or team leader for the Admirals like Charles Penix, Ronnie Hawkins or Kelvin Turner.

"They are all special players. I knew I would be a role player," Teater said. "I just do what I can to help us out and win games. I'm not a guy who is going to make a lot of game-winning plays. I try to make plays when I can, but I know what my role is.

"I know I have to be a leader on defense. Coach Harp tells me what to do. When people kind of mess up, I feel like I have to get everybody straight. If that's what it takes for us to win, I'm all for it."

Teater is just as passionate about baseball as he is football. He says the sports are different in many ways, but similar in others.

"Football is about contact. You have to do a lot of mental stuff to get ready, but once a game starts you just turn it loose," Teater said. "Baseball is more about control. You have to think what the pitcher will throw next.

"But in football you also have to think about what a team might run based on down and distance just like you try to figure out what pitch a pitcher might throw in a certain situation."

Friday he'll settle for trying to figure out what Beechwood will do.

"I can't tell you how much it would mean to me to be on a state championship team," Teater said. "I've been there to watch other teams win. I just hope now it's my turn to see what it's like to win one, too."

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