Blue Devils run through War Eagles in showdown
The Wagener-Salley High War Eagles are a good football team. However, they are not yet in the class with the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils jumped on the War Eagles early and never let up as they rolled to a convincing 29-10 win Sept. 29.
With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in region play.
The loss was the first of the season for Wagener-Salley High which falls to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in region play.
Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said his team rose to the challenge against a talented Wagener-Salley squad.
“This was probably the most complete game we’ve played since the Barnwell game,” Youngblood said. “We had a good week of practice and came in here focused. Our kids fought hard from the opening kickoff and came away with a well-deserved victory.”
The War Eagles offense, which averaged 34.2 points per game coming into the contest, had all sorts of problems sustaining drives against the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils’ defense harassed War Eagles quarterback Mikal Landy on almost every pass attempt with most of it coming from Da’quan Cuthbertson, Meddikis Priester, Jasper Lott, Evander Tyler and Kendall Myers.
The group fueled a unit that sacked Landy three times while holding him to a season-low 40 yards passing.
“Wagener-Salley is explosive on offense. They can put a lot of points on the scoreboard. It was very important for our guys to limit the big plays. I thought our defense did a great job of that tonight. We were able to contain their ground game and disrupt their passing attack.”
Meanwhile, a Blue Devils offense which struggled in last week’s win over Ridge Spring-Monetta, had a breakout game against the War Eagles.
Senior quarterback Tyran Parker was the key to the unit’s resurgence. Parker accounted for 169 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Parker got some help from Demarkiis Doe, who had a couple of nice punt returns and 56 yards rushing.
“Offensively, we did a nice job of running the ball. A lot of that credit goes to the offensive line who did a great job of blocking,” Youngblood said.
A War Eagles defense which allowed only five points a game, got tested early by the Blue Devils.
On the Blue Devils’ second possession, senior quarterback Tyran Parker led the team on a six-play, 44-yard drive that he capped with a one-yard run. Landon Hiers kicked the extra point. The score was set up by a 26-yard punt return by Demarkiis Doe.
In the second quarter, the Blue Devils added to their advantage when Doe completed a 61-yard drive with a one-yard run. Hiers then added a 25-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half to extend the lead at 16-0.
After being shut out in the first half, the War Eagles finally got on the scoreboard with a safety at the 10:53 mark of the third quarter.
The Blue Devils answered the War Eagles’ score with two touchdowns to start the fourth quarter.
First, Parker scored on a four-yard run. Jarius Davis followed with a one-yard run with 3:04 left to play to extend the lead at 29-10.
For the game, Keshawn Toney led the Blue Devils in receiving with three catches for 52 yards. Doe had two catches for 30 yards and Tres Rimes had a catch for 13 yards.
Defensively, the Blue Devils were led by Jasper Lott with 11 total tackles. Evander Tyler had eight total stops. Players with six tackles included Meddikis Priester, Demarkiis Doe, Da’quan Cuthbertson and Jazeon Washington-Dicks. Kendall Myers, Tres Rimes and Kendel Brown each had five tackles.