|And That's Five....|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Saturday, 28 September 2013 02:40|
The Watauga High football team just keeps rolling along. The Pioneers exploded for 21 points in the first quarter and defeated St. Stephens 42-21 Friday night at Jack Groce Stadium in the Northwestern
3A/4A Conference opener for both teams.
Add to the fact, the Pioneers (5-0 overall; 1-0 NW3A/4A) also celebrated Homecoming in style with their lopsided win. But the smallest player on the field made the biggest play of the game.
Zach Williams climaxed a six play, 63-yard scoring drive on the opening possession of the game with a seven-yard run for a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kick-off, Anthony Deiters, who stands 5-foot-six-inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, took the ball away from D.J. Lynch of the Indians and returned it, unoffically, 18 yards for a TD.
In just 11 seconds, the Pioneers had doubled their lead at 14-0. The Indians turned it over three times. Deiters had two of the take-aways; Hunter Isaacs had the other.
"It's always nice to win that first conference game," said WHS coach Ryan Habich. "I told the guys that the season starts tonight. All those other games don't mean a thing now. That was the pre-season Our goal tonight was to start fast, especially against their big defensive front. Go right at them. We really hurt them with the pass. It opened things up."
Aaron Dobbins paced WHS by completing 7-9 passes for 206 yards and three TD passes. He hooked up with T.J. Poulos twice on scoring passes of 80-and 25-yards. That 80-yard toss capped off a two-play, 80-yard drive and gave WHS a commanding 21-0 lead with 6:46 left in the opening period.
"Deiters made a big play for us," Habich saids. "He goes hard all the time. "He's a good special teams player. He just goes after the ball. He's aggressive."
"Going up two scores early was real good for us," said Dobbins, who now has 11 TD passes with no interceptions this season.. "We just wanted to open it up a bit.. We had a lot of momentum to start the game."
But the Indians (0-5; 0-1) may have exposed a chink in WHS' armour. Trailing 36-0, St. Stephen finally got its running game in gear and literally controlled the game from the latter part of the second quarter and for the majority of the second half.
That also proved to be the Indians best defense. It kept WHS' offense on the sidelines; in the meantime, the Indians, who scored on Spencer Brown's one-yard run with 50.9 seconds left in the first half, held on to the ball for 21:04 during that stretch, and that includes 10:40 in the third quarter. The Pioneers only ran three plays in the entire third quarter.
"We knew that we had to jump on them early, early on," Habich said. "We had to stop them with our offense. But we also forced some turnovers, and those are big in football. Aaron made some good decisions tonight. The thing about Aaron is that he can extend a play. That allows people to get open."
The Pioneers finished up with 386 yards offensively, including 180 on the ground. Williams turned in another strong performance. He ran for 102 yards on 13 carries with a TD. Poulos had two receptions, both for scores, for 105 receiving yards. He also scored on a 13-yard run in the second quarter that gave WHS a 29-point advantage.
The Indians ran for 271 yards. Jenarion Knox led the way with 130 yards on 22 carries and a TD; Brown finished with 98 yards on 18 attempts with two scores.
"They moved the ball on us early on," Habich said. "But they made some turnovers. But we knew they were going to be strong running the football. That's why we didn't want to make this a close game. The pass opened things up.
"We have to shore some things up defensively. Our goal is to be competitive in conference this year. And defensively, we've got to get our linemen and linebackers to make plays. We can't let teams make long drives on us."
The Pioneers, who only had four possession in the second half with a turnover, put together a quick scoring drive early in the fourth quarter. Leading 36-14, Dobbins hooked up with Cam Baker on a 37-yard scoring strike with ten minutes left to play. WHS marched it 76 yards in just five plays.
"We were just going with what they gave us," Baker said. "We had no idea that teams had completed (80%) of their passes against them. But we have to stay humble and keep working on on winning football games. We can't worry about what our record is. We have to have a different mind set, execute and win football games."
"We have a team that is very coachable and willing to learn," Habich said. "And they have a good attitude. That's how you build a winning program through coachable kids. They want to just keep getting better."
The Pioneers hit the road next Friday night. It will be their first road game since September 13, when they played at Avery. The Pioneers travel to Newton, N.C., to play Fred T. Foard. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m., on AM 1450, WATA and GoBlueridge.net.
NOTES: The Pioneers are 5-0 for the first time since 2006.....WHS has won two straight against the Indians. But Saint leads the all-time series, 7-5....Jake Chasteen, of the WHS boy's soccer team, and Meredith Farthing, a member of the WHS volleyball team, were crowned the Homecoming King and Queen, respectively....The Pioneers defeated Saint 43-21 last season. They've scored 85 points against the Indians in their last two games.
WATAUGA 42, ST. STEPHENS 21
1 2 3 4 Total
St Stephens High 0 8 6 7 - 21
Watauga 21 15 0 6 - 42
9:49 (W) WILLIAMS 7 YARD RUN (SHIRLEY'S KICK), 6-63, 7-0
9:38 (W) DEITERS 18 YARD RETURN (SHIRLEY''S KICK), 14-0
6:46 (W) DOBBINS 80 YARD PASS TO POULOS (SHIRLEY'S KICK), 2-80, 21-0
8:04 (W) DOBBINS 25-YARD PASS TO POULOS (GREER RUN), 6-58, 29-0
5:17 (W) POULOS 13 YARD RUN (SHIRLEY''S KICK), 2-16, 36-0
0:50 (S) BROWN 1 YARD RUN (BROWN PASS TO LYNCH), 11-67, 36-8
0:00 (S) KNOX 4 YARD RUN (RUN FAILED), 9-60, 36-14
10:00 (W) DOBBINS 37 YARD PASS TO BAKER (KICK FAILED), 5-76, 42-14
4:14 (S) BROWN 1 YARD RUN (VO'S KICK), 4:24, 42-21
FIRST DOWNS: WHS 20, STS 23
RUSHING YARDS: WHS 180, STS 271
PASSING YARDS: WHS 206, STS 31
TOTAL YARDS: WHS 386, STS 302
PENATLY YARDS: WHS 3-30, STS 3-20
WHS - WILLIAMS 13-102-TD
STS - KNOX 22-130-TD, BROWN 18-98-2TD
WHS - DOBBINS 7-9-206-3TD
STS - BROWN 4-5-31
WHS - POULOS 2-105-2TD, BAKER 3-73-TD
STS - SUTTON 2-15
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