LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Longtime DeSales assistant and now head coach Harold Davis knows all about the Colts history. As a senior in 1981, he led DeSales to its first ever state football final.
So far this year, the Colts appear to be on track for another visit with a 5-and-0 start…and a coach who can lean on his experience to motivate this squad.
"It feels good to be a part of it. As a player back then, it was good. It was the first time we had ever (gone) that far…and now, it's been great to be a part of it (this year)," says Davis.
DeSales senior safety Connor Shipley says Davis talks about the history of DeSales but doesn't rest on the laurels of seasons past.
"He stresses how much we pass that (previous history) and write our own history, so he's on us a lot about what we can do and I think it drives us a lot," says Shipley.
One piece of history was recorded Friday night when senior running back Dylan Byrd passed Andrew Beeler's rushing mark in a 49-0 win over Shawnee.
"It was exciting," says Byrd. "It was altogether a team effort."
Byrd, along with quarterback Nathan Roush, is leading a ground attack that is averaging 44 points per game.
The offense may get a lot headlines, but the Colts defense is getting things done as well.
The Colts have recorded 3 shutouts in five games and they're Top 15 in rushing and passing defense in all classes.
"Defensively we've played well. We're trying to be aggressive defensively. We've been successful against the teams in our district so far," says Davis.
The Colts doing it with a lack of a home field advantage. They practice at the school but play games at Southern, Iroquois and Fairdale. So far, the fans have traveled, giving the Colts all the support they need.
"I always feel the advantage because our fans follow us everywhere. When we played at John Hardin and Warren Central, we had just as many fans as they had there," says Shipley.
"You know, I played here and we didn't have a home field then," says Davis. "We consider our home field wherever we're playing."
Desales meets Bardstown Friday night. The home field will be at Southern High School.