Blue Devils beat Hawks again
It was business as usual Friday night for Williston-Elko High as they took on region rival Blackville-Hilda High in the Hawks’ Nest.
Williston-Elko High, which hasn’t lost to Blackville-Hilda High since 2008, extended its winning streak over its in-county rival with a 32-10 victory.
A quick start was the key to victory for the Williston-Elko team which scored touchdowns on its first three possessions.
The Blue Devils had a strong offensive performance spearheaded by quarterback Tyran Parker and tailback Demarkiis Doe. The duo combined for 261 yards of offense and three touchdowns.
The Hawks had a tough time containing Parker, who racked up 156 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Doe had a big part in the offense, finishing with a team-high 19 touches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, it was another exceptional effort by the Blue Devils squad coming off a shutout performance against North High.
Fueled by Jasper Lott’s 17-tackle outing, the Blue Devils held the Hawks to one touchdown and under 200 yards of offense for the game.
With the win, Williston-Elko High moves to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in region play.
“Another solid performance tonight,” Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said. “I thought we played well in all phases of the game.”
It didn’t take long for the Blue Devils’ defense to set the tone in the in-county rivalry. Just three minutes into the game, Preister of the Blue Devils picked a Hawks pass at their 38-yard line.
After the exchange of possession, the Hawks’ defense didn’t fare much better than their offense.
On the Blue Devils’ first play, Tyran Parker connected with Brandon Richardson on an eight-yard completion.
One the next play, tailback Demarkiis Doe took the handoff, swept around the right corner and out-ran several defenders to complete a 57-yard scoring run. Meddikis Priester ran into the end zone for the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Down by a touchdown, the Hawks looked to soar back on the following possession. The team, however, found yardage tough to come by against the Blue Devils’ defense.
A swarming Blue Devils unit highlighed by Evander Tyler, Jasper Lott, Kendel Brown and Kendall Myers, forced a quick punt after holding the Hawks to five yards on three plays.
After getting the ball back, the Blue Devils’ offense seemed to get bogged down facing a third down and eight.
Quarterback Tyran Parker, however, got the team out of a jam. Parker went left on a draw play. Parker then broke free from the pack and sprinted 38 yards to pay dirt. Parker then completed the two-point conversion to Keshawn Toney to extend the lead to 16-0 with 2:43 left in the opening quarter.
Ahead 16-0, the Blue Devils kept rolling early in the second quarter. This time, Kendall Myers alertly scooped up a short punt and ran down the sidelines 29 yards to the Hawks’ 12 yard-line.
From there, it took the Blue Devils four plays to get into the end zone. Priester scored on a two-yard run. Parker then added the two-point conversion.
The scoring continued for the Blue Devils late in the first half. This time Doe found the end zone for the second time in the game on a four-yard run. Priester ran for the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 32-0 at halftime.
Down by four touchdowns, the Hawks finally got on the scoreboard on an eight-yard run by Derrick Faust. Juwahn Isaac ran for the two-point conversion.
Trailing 32-8 in the fourth quarter, the Hawks then tacked a safety to close out the scoring.