Labronz Davis leads CYAA Saints to 11-0 season


Labronz Davis leads CYAA Saints to 11-0 season

When Labronz Davis steps under center next year as an eighth grade quarterback and then moves on to high school at Columbus (Ohio) Academy, he’ll try to match his rousing success from this past season. And it will be quite a challenge.

Davis is still pumped up about leading the CYAA (Christian Youth Athletic Association) Saints to a perfect 11-0 record. “It was an amazing season,” he said. “Winning games and going undefeated with your teammates and friends was just a great feeling. It was a lot of fun.”

The Saints capped the season by beating the Eastland Vikings 21-7 to win the USA League championship game. “I’ll never forget jumping up and down on the 50-yard line after we won,” Davis said. “We all worked hard to go undefeated and win the championship.”

For the season, Davis connected on 84 of 118 passes for 1,636 yards. He also had 26 passing touchdowns and was intercepted just once. On the ground, Davis ran for 286 yards and 3 TDs.

“The ball really came out of my hand good all season,” he said. “All I wanted to do was get the ball to my receivers and when I did they were able to make the plays. I didn’t need to run too much. But when a play broke down and I had to make a play somehow, I’d run the ball.”

Davis has been going to NFA camps for three years, and Coach Mansur Ivie is not surprised by his stellar season. “Labronz is one of the athletes I knew pretty well going into the Duel of the Dozens this past summer, being a repeat camper at our Indianapolis camps,” Ivie said. “Labronz posses great athleticism, he has a quick and powerful release, as well as a very high football IQ. That’s a very powerful combination and I’m very excited to see his progress over the years.”

Football smarts

Davis has been playing QB since he was 5 years old, and the experience has boosted his football IQ. “I know almost all of the positions on the field,” Davis said. “When the players would ask me where they should line up or how to run the play, I could just look in mind at the play and tell them what to do because I just have a background of the game.”

Working with NFA has helped Davis develop his smarts and skill at quarterback. “NFA’s taught me all the little stuff about playing quarterback that most coaches can’t teach,” he said. “They’ve helped me learn how to read coverages and zones and they’ve helped me improve my mechanics and throwing.”


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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University