Blue Devils fall in overtime

  • Brandon Richardson, #12 of WEHS, takes a tough hit after picking up 24 yards on a reception in the second quarter against Woodland.

After stopping Williston-Elko High on its two-point attempt in overtime, the Woodland High players spilled onto the field to celebrate a 27-26 win.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils coaches and players could only watch the celebration in disgust with a sickening feeling in their stomachs.

The Blue Devils once again let a prime opportunity to beat a division 2A team slip through their fingers.

Unlike their loss to Barnwell High, the Blue Devils had the Wolverines in check for most of the game.

After dominating the first half with nearly a 2-to-1 (137 to 73) edge in yardage, the Blue Devils held a slim 6-0 lead.

In the first half, the Blue Devils squandered several scoring opportunities with just one touchdown to show for three trips inside the Wolverines’ 10 yard-line.

“This is very frustrating to lose a game like this,” Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said. “We played so hard, but made some crucial mistakes. Hopefully, we can learn that we can’t keep beating ourselves with mistakes.”

The teams battled to a 20-20 tie at the end of regulation.

In the overtime period, the Wolverines got possession first and scored a touchdown three plays later. A successful extra point kick made the score 27-20.

The Blue Devils then got possession and answered the score with a two-yard touchdown run by Tyran Parker. The Blue Devils then tried for a two-point conversion to win the game, but the try failed.

“We felt good about the play we called. They just made a good play on defense,” Youngblood said.

The loss overshadows an outstanding defensive performance by the Blue Devils, especially in the first half.

For the Blue Devils, Meddikis Priester, Tyshawn Toney, Tres Rimes, Demarkiis Doe and Evander Tyler fueled a unit that forced two take-aways while holding the Wolverines to under 100 yards on four possessions.

Priester, who has been arguably one of the best defenders in class A over the past two games, turned in another strong performance. In the first half alone, Priester had six tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery.

“Meddikis Priester has been playing lights-out lately. He’s developed into a real leader for our team,” Youngblood said.

Offensively, despite their troubles, the Blue Devils managed to finish with 278 yards. In the first half, Tyran Parker converted a fourth down and 18 play with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Brown.

Trailing 13-6 late in the third quarter, Parker brought the team back with a touchdown run and a scoring pass to Toney to tie the game at 20-20.