Blue Devils peaking at right time
It certainly seems the Williston-Elko High varsity football team is peaking at the right time of the season.
The Blue Devils are riding a five-game winning streak and coming off their most dominant win of the season Friday night in a 53-0 homecoming rout over North High.
With the victory, Williston-Elko High improves to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in region play. The win also gave the Blue Devils their second straight region crown and third in the last four years.
“I’m really proud of this group. Right now, we’re playing some really good football,” Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said. “Tonight we were able to get out to a big lead and play a lot of our backups. I thought some of our younger players did a good job on both sides of the ball.”
In the game, the Blue Devils totally dominated the Eagles. Offensively, the Blue Devils amassed 298 yards to the Eagles’ 69.
The Blue Devils used a balanced attack to dismantle the Eagles with a season-high six different players scoring.
Highlighting the offense was Demarkiis Doe, who ran for two touchdowns and returned a punt 67 yards for another score. Doe finished with 57 yards rushing on two carries.
Also having an exceptional game was Jarius Tobin. Tobin nearly reached the century mark, finishing with 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Others shinning offensively included Tyran Parker, who threw for a touchdown and rushed for 32 yards. Keyshawn Toney had two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. Treis Rimes also ran for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils defense was just as impressive, limiting the Eagles to only 34 yards of offense in first half for their second shutout of the season.
Evander Tyler was the most active on the unit with eight tackles and a fumble returned for a touchdown.
Also shining was Noah Wootten, who had a breakout game defensively with eight tackles, including three for losses. Jasper Lott had another strong outing with six tackles, including two for losses.
Rounding out the defense was Kendall Brown with seven tackles and a forced fumble. Kendall Myers registered seven tackles, including three for losses.
“I thought we were excellent defensively,” Youngblood said. “For most of the game we had backups in and they competed really well.”