GLASSBORO – Steve Everette, the Willingoro High School football coach, has some enduring memories of Shaun Davilla and he jokes that they were not all good ones.
“He was an absolute pain in my tail for the three years I coached against him,” said Everette of Davilla – a star player for West Jersey Football League Liberty Division rival Cinnaminson. “So now it’s a pleasure to have him on my side.”
Everette will be the head coach of the Blue All-Stars and Davilla will play defensive back for the squad in Thursday night’s Adam Taliaferro Foundation all-star game at Rowan University.
One of the things Everette recalled about Davila is his versatility. During his senior year Davilla played several positions, but he was mostly known for his play at quarterback.
He led the team to a 7-3 record and a berth in the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs. The season began with a 27-0 win over Willingboro on opening day, and Everette is still smarting from that result.
Davilla passed for one touchdown in that game and he ran for another. He passed for 56 yards and ran for 60.
“Shaun single-handily beat us this year,” the coach said. “He does everything well. He does anything that you asked him to. He plays a heckuva defensive back, he’s a heckuva quarterback – just a tough kid physically and tough-minded kid. He just has an absolute desire and a will to win.”
Davilla says he doesn’t have a preference for one position over any other, but he does have a plan of how he wants to approach each game.
“I just want to be on the field and make an impact,” he said. “I want to make an impact anywhere I can make one. I just want to go out there and play football. I love this game.”
During his senior season, Davilla posted statistics across the board.
As a quarterback, he completed 18 of 37 passes for 188 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 42 times for 241 yards.
Additionally he caught two passes for 40 yards and he scored seven touchdowns.
He had career totals of 1,806 passing yards and 22 touchdown throws. He rushed for 1,455 yards and he scored 24 touchdowns.
He’s looking forward to the experience of playing in an all-star setting.
“It’s obviously a blessing,” Davilla said “You get to meet a lot of new people on the other teams. You see some old friends and some new friends and you just go out there and compete.
“This is always a real competitive game and we’re going to go out there and do our thing. It should be a good game.”
Davillia has not been recruited to a major college, but will spend the next couple of season playing at Valley Forge junior college.
He plans to play football there and he suggested the coaches there are looking at him as a wide receiver.
After the football season he then went on to earn a berth in the wrestling championships in Atlantic City with a third-place finish in the regionals as a 182-pounder.
He won his preliminary match, and then added another win in one more match in the wrestlebacks.
“I had a good time over there,” he said. “It was great. There were a lot of great, great wrestlers down there. So that was a good experience for me too.”
He looks at the past four years playing and studying at Cinnaminson as a rewarding time in life.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I made a lot of good relationships, even with coach (Mario) Patrizi. He’s always talking to me to this day. There’s nothing but good vibes over there.”