That's the best way to describe Thursday night's junior varsity football game between Watauga High and Alexander Central. The contest resembled a racket ball match.
The Pioneers outlasted Alexander Central in a wild game, 47-42, at Jack Groce Stadium Thursday night. The teams combined for 761 yards offensively, including 599 on the ground.
The Pioneers (1-0) racked up 445 yards themselves, including 349 yards rushing. Cory West and Emory Wallace paced the running attack. West ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns; Wallace erupted for 155 yards and three TDs.
Watauga took a 35-21 halftime lead. Wallace scored on runs of five, 23 and three yards; West scored touchdown runs of five and 72 yards.
Alexander Central racked up 316 yards offensively, including 205 yards on the ground. Devon Weiss led the Cougars (0-1) with 82 yards and a TD; Bryson Godfrey ran for 81 yards and scored on TD runs of 15, 18 and 34 yards.
The offense didn't let up as Alexander Central scored on its first posssession of the second half on a 53-yard pass from quarterback Gunnar Anderson to Matt Fedota that made it 35-27 in the third quarter. But a turnover derailed any comeback hopes the Cougars might have had.
Alex McConnell jumped on a Cougars' fumble and returned it 18 yards for a defensive TD that gave the Pioneers a 41-27 lead. Alexander Central scored on a Bryson Godfrey's 18-yard run in the fourth quarter with 9:21 left to play, but Watauga quarterback Hamilton Castle capped-off a 45-yard scoring drive with a nine-yard touchdown run to put to give WHS a 47-35 advantage with 3:34 left to play.
Godfrey's 34-yard TD run with 1:21 left in the game narrowed WHS' lead to five point, but the Pioneers recovered the ensuing onside kickoff to clinch the victory. Fedota caught all six of Alexander Centrals passes. Antonio Romero, West and Wallace each caught a pass from Castle, who was 3-for-5 passing for 51 yards.
The WHS JV team travels to Ashe County next Thursday night.