Blue Devils torch Trojans, 36-12
The much anticipated battle between Region 4A powers Williston-Elko High and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High turned into a one-sided affair Friday night in Norway.
The Blue Devils struck early and often as they handled their adversaries with ease in a 36-12 decision.
After taking a 14-6 lead late in the second quarter, the Blue Devils pulled away from the Trojans with three straight touchdowns.
With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in region play.
Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said it was another big road win for his team.
“In the last couple of weeks, we played two pretty good football teams on the road and were fortunate to come out on top,” Youngblood said. “I’m very proud of this group of players. We came out tonight and performed well against a talented Hunter-Kinard-Tyler team.”
The Blue Devils’ defensive came into the game looking to stop Trojans play-making quarterback Devonte Scott, who had 231 all-purpose yards against Blackville-Hilda the previous week.
Against the Blue Devils, Scott was able to break off a few runs but, for most of the game, a unit manned by Jasper Lott, Kendell Myers, Keshawn Toney, Evander Tyler and Daquan Cuthbertson, did a good job of containing him. Scott finished with less than 100 yards rushing.
“They have a very good quarterback. He’s capable of making a lot of splash plays during a game. I thought our defenders did a good job of containing him and not giving up the big pass and run plays,” Youngblood said.
Just like the past couple of games, it was the Blue Devils’ defense that set the tone early again.
Facing a fourth and one from their 43-yard line, the Trojans decided to go for it midway in the first quarter.
The gamble, however, didn’t pay off for the team. On the play, Scott tried to advance the ball on the left side, but he was stopped for a yard loss by Jasper Lott, Evander Tyler and Kendell Myers of the Blue Devils.
From there, the Blue Devils offense quickly took advantage of the good field position. Behind the running of Terrell Young, Jarius Tobin and Demarkiis Doe, the Blue Devils drove inside the Trojans’ 10-yard line.
Moments later, Doe completed the six-play march with a two-yard run. The point after was missed.
The score remained that way until early in the second quarter when the Blue Devils scored on a three-yard bootleg run by Treis Rimes. Young scored on the two-point conversion.
The score was set up on an eight-yard pass from Treis Rimes to Tyran Parker on third down and six. Keyshawn Toney highlighted the 54 yard march with a 17-yard reception on fourth and five.
Down 14-0, the Trojans got back into the game in a matter of seconds when Scott received the ensuing kickoff and raced 78 yards for a touchdown.
“We didn’t stay in our lanes on the run back. We gave him a free opening and he took it for a score,” Youngblood said.
After giving up a quick touchdown, the Blue Devils quickly redeemed themselves.
On second down and five from their 39-yard line, Parker found Doe along the sidelines for an eight-yard completion. Doe then shrugged off a Trojan defender and raced into the open field for a 57-yard gain to the Trojans one-yard line.
Young found the endzone one play later. Meddikis Priester followed with a two-point conversion run for a 22-6 advantage.
“I was pleased with the way we bounced back right before the half. That was a big score going into the break,” Youngblood said.
With the many scoring opportunities the Blue Devils saw in the first half, the Trojans were lucky to be only down by two touchdowns at halftime.
During the second half, however, the Trojans could no longer keep pace with the Blue Devils.
Right away, the Blue Devils scored on a nine-play, 75-yard march. Parker completed the drive with a two-yard run.
As the game rolled along into the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils continued to dominate possession of the ball. This time, Tobin finished off a seven-play, 63-yard march with a five-yard run to extend the lead at 36-6.
For the game, the Blue Devils finished with 380 yards on offense. Young had his best rushing game of the season with 112 yards. Parker had 60 yards and Tobin added 40 yards.
Doe was the Blue Devils’ top receiver with two catches for 100 yards. Toney had three receptions for 42 yards.
Defensively, the Blue Devils were led by Jasper Lott with 11 total tackles, including two for losses. Demarkiis Doe and Meddikis Preister each had seven tackles. Players with six tackles included Keshawn Toney, Evander Tyler, Kendell Brown and Jazeon Washington-Dicks. Da’quan Cuthbertson and Kendell Myers each had five tackles.