Roland Davis stood on the visitors’ sidelines of Ripon High’s Stouffer Field.
On the field was a standout player with the same exact name.
“This game was really tough for me,” Weston Ranch’s new athletic director said Friday.
On the field, Indians’ senior Roland Davis was spearheading the defense and, on offense, scored the game’s first touchdown on a 5-yard run in the first quarter.
He’s the son of the Weston Ranch AD.
“It was different seeing him on the other sideline,” said the younger Davis following his team’s 34-0 victory.
No doubt, he was satisfied with the outcome. “I really wanted to beat my Dad today,” he added.
Roland Davis, the elder, was proud of his son’s play. He did his best to refrain from any display of emotions while wearing the gray and maroon of the Cougars.
Following the game, the Davis wearing the No. 4 red jersey gave his father a friendly shove while celebrating the final outcome of the non-league affair.
“We played well against a big school,” said the younger Davis, crediting the defense. He’s the outside linebacker for Ripon.
His father was officially named the AD at Weston Ranch not too long ago. For the past three years, he was the principal at Steffan Manor Elementary School in Vallejo.
Davis looked forward to change, despite limiting his chances to see his son play football. Jacque Davis, his wife and principal at Great Valley Elementary School in Weston Ranch, is the big RHS booster, openly rooting on Roland Davis No. 4.
“I’ve always wanted to be involved in athletics,” he said. “I look forward to being part of Weston Ranch — it’s a great community.”
The Davis family has called Ripon home for the past 15 years.
Roland Davis was previously principal at Commodore Stockton Skills Elementary School and served as an assistant principal and teacher at Tracy Unified, including Monte Vista Middle School, George Kelly and McKinley, to name a few.
Davis replaced Jason Furtado, who is now the assistant principal at Escalon High.
Roland Davis also attended San Jose State and coached for the Ripon Chiefs youth football program.
He was thrilled that his first on the road assignment as the Weston Ranch AD was at Ripon High, where he was greeted by many familiar faces from both sides of the field.
Davis, in addition, welcomes the new challenges ahead.
“We’re in a tough league,” he said.
What’s more, the Weston Ranch football program will be on the road for most of this season as much-needed work is currently taking place on stadium.
Yet another challenge for the new AD.
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