Yellowjackets cruise to a 41-0 win over Buffalo
WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown still believes.
The Yellowjackets’ road to the West Virginia Class A playoffs is not an easy one, but following a dominating 41-0 performance against Buffalo Friday night Williamstown has hope.
“It’s just a team thing with us,” said sophomore lineman Nick Bondi, who recorded a sack. “We’re still getting better, and we’re still working hard.”
Williamstown closes the season at Wirt County (Friday), at Parkersburg Catholic (Oct. 20) and Tolsia (Nov. 3). Even if the odds are against them, Williamstown coach Terry Smith said the players and coaches are doing their part to earn a playoff nod.
“We all know what the situation is,” he said. “We have to take care of business, and we did that tonight. We also had a great week of practice, and at this point, I’m still looking for effort. We had a great effort tonight.”
Williamstown (3-4) got on the board following Donathan Taylor darting up the middle for a 25-yard score in the first quarter. From there, Williamstown’s offense couldn’t be stopped.
The ‘Jackets cruised to 28 second-quarter points to take a commanding 35-0 halftime lead. Taylor added an 11-yard touchdown run and finished the game with 56 yards on five carries.
The rout was on when Carter Haynes connected with Evan Amos on a fullback screen that turned into a 49-yard score, and Williamstown took a 21-0 lead. However, the Yellowjackets were not done.
Following a 38-yard punt return by Taylor that gave WHS the ball on the Buffalo (1-5) 25. Five players later, Haynes scored from 1-yard. Haynes was also part of the final score of the first half when he found Collin White slanting over the middle for a 14-yard score.
“We know what we have to do to get into the playoffs, and we showed some of that,” said senior Preston Mayer, who had a fumble recovery and four receptions for 66 yards.
Another piece of the Williamstown attack that can’t be overlooked is the consistency of kicker Boston Caruthers, who was a perfect 5 of 5 on extra points. A fumbled snap on the final PAT attempt turned into a failed two-point attempt.
“The guys hustled, and they did a really good job of creating turnovers and getting on the ball,” Smith said. “You also have to hand it to the offensive line. There were some pretty big holes to run through.”
Williamstown finished with 335 total yards, which was bolstered by six players combining for 196 yards on 41 carries. Leading the way was Ty Moore with 56 on 17 carries to match Taylor’s 56 yards.
Haynes also had a nice passing night with 139 yards by completing 9 of 12 with no interceptions. Williamstown was fortunate not to have any fumbles considering the ‘Jackets put the ball on the ground four times.
The Yellowjackets’ defense was equally impressive, holding the Bison to just 107 total yards.
“We are working hard every day because we want to earn a spot in the playoffs,” Bondi said.