The Watertown Purple Tigers used a potent air attack and capitalized on Jacket miscues to take a 487 victory on homecoming night last Friday night, in Watertown. The opportunistic Tigers also converted three of the Jackets’ five turnovers into touchdowns. The loss dropped the Jackets to 13 on the season, while the Purple Tigers are 40.
The Purple Tigers scored quickly, with a 29-yard pass from QB Seth Price to wideout Heath Price and the PAT made it 70 before the crowd was settled into their seats.
The Jackets lost a fumble on their first possession, the turnover bug continues to bite the Jackets, and six plays later the Price to Price combination struck again for an 8-yard touchdown, and the home team led 140 after a quarter.
The Jackets were able to convert a turnover into points themselves. After a 28-yard punt was muffed by the Purple Tigers and recovered by Jacket senior DB Mikey Myers, senior running back James McDaniel burst through the line of scrimmage and scampered 30 yards on the Jackets’ first play from scrimmage. Sophomore Johnny Adkins added the PAT and the Jackets had cut the Tiger lead in half at 147.
The Tigers wasted little time as Price threw his third TD pass of the first half when he connected with Corban Beene on a 34-yard strike. The PAT put the hosts back up by 14 at 217.
The Jackets moved the ball from their own 34 to the Purple Tiger 31, but turned the ball over on fourth down at the hos’s 38-yard line with a fumble that seemed to be an incomplete pass. Nevertheless, Price hit Vonte Bates on a 62-yard pass play and the conversion kick gave Watertown a 287 lead at the half.
The second half was much the same. The Jackets went three and out on their first possession and the Tigers moved 65 yards in nine plays and scored on a three yard run by RB Ty Love. The conversion kick made the score 357.
The Purple Tigers added another touchdown pass and a pick six in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
The Jackets were led offensively by the hard running tandem of McDaniel and sophomore Josh Wingo. McDaniel had 59 yards on seven carries, while Wingo added 49 yards on 10 carries. Adkins caught a 19 yard pass from sophomore QB Hagen Cash for the lone reception for the Jackets.
Defensively, Wingo had 12 tackles and Dewayne Grooms added 10 hits. Corbin Lusk and Myers added seven and six stops, respectively and they each recovered a fumble.
Head Coach Casey Tate is still pleased with the effort his team has given. He said, “The seniors play with a lot of effort and the young guys are making a lot of progress.” He went on to add, “We have to cut out the penalties and the turnovers.”
Coach Tate turned his attention to Upperman, who come to the mountain tomorrow night for a region clash. He offered, “We need a good week of execution in practice and come out ready to play against the Bees.”