WE rebounds with win over Bulldogs

  • Blue Devils quarterback Tyran Parker, #3, fires the ball downfield in Friday’s matchup against the Bulldogs of Silver Bluff.

After a disappointing loss last week to in-county rival Barnwell High, many thought Williston-Elko High might have a little trouble with Silver Bluff High.

That, however, was not the case in the Devils Den Friday night.

The Williston-Elko football team found redemption in a 22-6 victory over the Bulldogs.

With the win, Williston-Elko High evens its record at 1-1 in the standings.

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said the team picked up a big win.

“This was an important win for us tonight because we didn’t want to go down with two straight losses,” Youngblood said. “It was a tough game, but our players found a way to make plays. I thought we did a solid job of making the most of our opportunities.”

For Williston-Elko High, it all started up front with the performances of both its offensive and defensive lines.

The offensive line blocked well, paving the way for 122 yards on the ground. Tyran Parker, who scored two touchdowns, led all rushers with 65 yards. Terrell Young accounted for 23 yards rushing and a touchdown.

“Offensively, we did a little better job of finishing drives than we had in the season opener,” Youngblood said. “Tyran Parker and Tres Rimes played well at the quarterback position and Keyshawn Toney came through with some clutch catches to keep drives alive. Overall, it was an efficient night on offense.”

The Blue Devils defensive line bottled up the Bulldog’s offense, especially in the first half, limiting them to only 39 yards of total offense

The unit, which allowed only seven first downs in the game, was led by Da’quan Cuthbertson, Demarkiis Doe, Jazone Washington-Dicks, Jasper Lott, Evander Tyler and Meddikis Priester.

The Blue Devils’ special teams also performed exceptionally. Punter Fabian Bing landed several kicks inside the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line. Also, Brandon Nix came out with a big hit on a muffed punt allowing Meddikis Priester to make a recovery.

For the game, Demarkiis Doe and Jasper Lott led the defense with seven tackles each. Doe also had three tackles including three for losses. Evander Tyler registered six stops.

Offensively, Fabian Bing had 39 yards rushing and Jarius Tobin added 30 yards on the ground. Keshawn Toney led the receivers with three catches for 49 yards. Brandon Richardson, Demarkiis Doe each had a catch for 10 yards. Tres Rimes completed a pass to Noah Wootten for the team’s only two-point conversion.

“We were able to get it done on special teams, defense and with our offense tonight,” Youngblood said. “We knew coming in Silver Bluff was a good team so we knew we had to be disciplined in all areas. Defensively, we shut down their running game and forced a few mistakes. The unit also did a great job of setting the offense up in great field position.”