Williston-Elko overcomes slow start for playoff win
The Williston-Elko High football team didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard during the first half of Friday’s second-round playoff game against Dixie High.
The top-seeded Blue Devils led the Dixie High Hornets by only 6-3 at halftime and left a lot to be desired after a sputtering first-half offensive performance.
However, in the second half, the Blue Devils’ offense made up for their miscues. Sparked by senior quarterback Tyran Parker, the Blue Devils rolled up 231 yards of offense and scored two touchdowns to pull out an 18-3 win.
Parker turned in a good, all-around performance with 271 total yards while also rushing and passing for a touchdown.
Parker, who passed for 232 yards, completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to Keshawn Toney late in the third quarter to give the Blue Devils a two touchdown lead.
“Tyran Parker is just a terrific athlete,” Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said. He came through for us tonight in a big way.”
Toney also had a big night offensively with six catches for 134 yards. He also scored on an eight-yard run.
Also producing on offense was De’Markiis Doe with 138 total yards, including 72 rushing.
The Blue Devils’ defense didn’t show any signs of rust coming off the first round bye.
An aggressive unit paced by Jasper Lott, Meddikis Priester, Kendel Brown, Daquan Cuthbertson, Jazeon Washington-Dicks and Furious Knight produced seven quarterback pressures and seven tackles for losses.
Lott was a constant disrupter in the Hornets’ backfield as he finished with 12 tackles, including two for losses.
Priester had another strong game with eight tackles.
Brown finished with six tackles, including two for losses.
Players finishing with four tackles included Cuthbertson, Dicks and Knight.
“Our defense has been playing well all season long,” Youngblood said. “We put them in a bad situation at start of the game, but these guys always respond. I have to give a lot of that credit to coach Tony Flowers. He does a good job of coaching them.”
With the win, Williston-Elko High advances to the third round of the playoffs. The Blue Devils will play at home Friday against Lamar High at 7:30 p.m.