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Davidson carried big load for football team

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by CJ HEMERLY Special to The Press in HS Sports

Andy Davidson expected to see a lot of the football heading into his senior year, but his work load even exceeded his own lofty expectations.

In Emmaus' 12 games played in 2014, Davidson rushed 310 times for 2,002 yards and 29 touchdowns in helping the Green Hornets go 6-6 and play for the Eastern Conference championship for the second time in the last five years. But the 2015 Emmaus High School graduate is a team player and relishes the opportunity to help his team win in any way that he can.

"I knew I'd have to be a leader, but I didn't expect to have to carry the ball 40-50 times a game," Davidson said. "But if that's what the coaches needed, then that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to make an impact and help us win."

Davidson made an impact on and off the field, which didn't go unnoticed. Division I programs such as Lehigh, Lafayette and Villanova all offered chances to play collegiately, but it was the U.S. Military Academy that made the most impact on his visits.

"I didn't think too much about going to a military academy early on," said Davidson. "I had some interest in other schools, but when Army and Navy came in, I talked a lot to my family, and we just knew it was a good opportunity for me. It was a realization of life after football.

"I was still unsure of it up until I visited campus. But that visit couldn't have gone any better. I got to talk to the coaches, and they helped me figure it all out."

Davidson eventually committed to Army and its football program.

Although his future is in football, it wasn't the only sport in which Davidson excelled. He was an East Penn Conference first-team selection at defense in lacrosse, and helped guide the Green Hornets to the District 11 title for the third year in a row.

"The seniors on the team have been playing together for a while, since we were eight years old," Davidson said. "Emmaus lacrosse always wins titles, and we didn't want to lose. Our seniors had a meeting after the loss in the conference playoffs, and we just wanted everyone to step up and go out and bring home a title. We were fortunate to accomplish that."

Out of the two sports, football seems to be more of a business for Davidson, as he thinks of it as a job. As for lacrosse, Davidson enjoys playing the sport for fun with his friends. Now he will get to continue that career for four more years in college.

Davidson reported to the five-week basic cadet training back on June 29. He will certainly be able to handle the rigors of the classroom, football field, and training thanks in large part to his time spent at Emmaus.

"Emmaus did a lot for me as a student-athlete," Davidson stated. "It helped me focus on my academic career. There were a lot of great teachers with great backgrounds. The coaches and teammates I had were hardworking and loved to win. I enjoyed my four years there."

His favorite subject at Emmaus was math, and Davidson will be majoring in business at Army.