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Grafton v. Williamstown extra points
October 11, 2008 - Jody Murphy
Just before kickoff of Friday night, as I was leaving the press box - there was no room (arrrgh!) - a guy from Grafton introduced himself.
A very nice fellow, but clearly a homer, wearing a Grafton hat and school-colored shirt. More about that later.
He was telling me and another fella about Grafton's team, specifically Bearcats running back Damon Waters.
"Waters runs a 4.5," he said.
I leaned over to the other guy, and asked if they used the same 40-yard clock on Waters they used on St. Marys running back Derek Spitzer.
Internet goofballs claim Spitzer ran a 4.3, 40. For those of you who don't know, a 4.3 time is a shade above world-class speed. It's pretty damn fast and equally hard to believe.
Spitzer is a nice kid and a pretty quick, but if he runs a 4.3, I'm Rick Reilly!
Five minutes into the game, my doubts - along with everyone else - of Waters' speed was left in the dust.
The kid is a burner. His 4.5 speed is likely legit. Don't beleive me? Ask Williamstown.
In addition to being fast, he's slippery, I'm not sure the first Yellowjacket to reach Waters ever tackled him and no one player could bring him down. Not bad for a kid listed at 5-8 (I'm not so sure) and 175 pounds.
Grafton's offense was both efficient and impressive. It was diverse and Williamstown didn't have much of an answer.
Grafton does have a weakness though. It can't line up and power the ball.
Six times the Bearcats got inside the Williamstown 20. Only once did they score on a run. The Bearcats were also forced to try four field goals, making three.
Grafton could not line up in a power formation and push Williamstown around. But they could spread the ball out and move at will.
Grafton may not be the best team in Class AA, but they are close.
On the flip side, Williamstown was able to move the Beartcats pile running ball, early on anyway. But the Yellowjackets couldn't do much else.
Quarterback Adam Kerns was under pressure most of the night and he and the recievers never quite got on the same page.
After their initial score, the Yellowjackets never seriously threatened again. I don't know if Grafton made adjustments or just figured out the Yellowjacket plays.
PS I feel sorry for Wahama next week. The White Falcons are gonna run into a hive of angry Yellowjackets.
*** I asked the Williamstown press box announcer what happened to his trademark "First Down ... Williamstown!" call.
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