Blue Devils fall to Silver Foxes
Friday’s third round playoff game in the Devils’ Den between top seeded Williston-Elko High and Lamar High was supposed to be a closely-contested game.
However, from an early point it became clear it wasn’t going to be Williston-Elko High’s night.
A nightmarish start put Williston-Elko High in a 20-0 hole.
From there, Lamar High continued to benefit from Williston-Elko High miscues on its way to a convincing 48-14 win.
With the loss, Williston-Elko High completes the season at 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the playoffs.
Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said they had a tough time against a very talented Lamar High team.
“It was just really a tough night for us.” Youngblood said. “We fell behind early, but I thought we had a chance after getting four turnovers in the second quarter. Offensively, we had some chances early in the game, but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.”
The Blue Devils’ special teams and defensive did all they could to keep the game close in the first half.
Trailing 14-0 late in the second quarter, Demarkiis Doe returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards to the Silver Foxes’ three yard-line.
The Blue Devils were unable to cash in on the great field position. A short run and two incomplete passes forced the team to try a field goal on fourth down. The field goal attempt was blocked to end the threat.
Down 20-0 early in the second quarter, Keshawn Toney stole the ball from a Silver Fox runner and raced 54 yards for a touchdown.
On the ensuing series with the Silver Foxes driving deep in Blue Devils territory, Toney recovered at their 32-yard line.
Moments later, the Blue Devils got their third turnover of the quarter when Meddikis Priester intercepted a pass at midfield.
The final Blue Devils turnover of the quarter came when Daquan Cuthbertson stripped a ball carrier of the ball Kendel Brown recovered.
Despite the Blue Devils’ defense heroics, the team simply didn’t have an answer for a Silver Fox ground game that racked up 445 yards.
Jacquez Lucas did the most damage with 213 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Lucas’ backfield counterpart Tyrik Herion was also a headache for the Blue Devils’ defense. He ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
The Blue Devils’ final touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Tyran Parker to Meddikis Priester.
Youngblood said the loss is disappointing, but he’s proud of the accomplishments of the team this season.
“Overall, I thought we had another great season,” Youngblood said. “We didn’t win tonight but we played hard to the wire and that’s a testament to our great senior leadership. We have a really great group of seniors and they left a great legacy.”