Williamstown claims senior night victory over Tolsia, 42-0

Williamstown quarterback Carter Haynes hands the ball off to runningback Evan Amos during Williamstown’s senior night win Friday against Tolsia. Photo courtesy of Neal Smith.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown needed a few pieces to fall into place Friday night to make the Class A playoffs, but none of those mattered if the Yellowjackets lost.

WHS (5-4) didn’t have any problems getting a win in the regular-season finale, as the Yellowjackets rolled to a 42-0 victory over Tolsia (2-8).

“We hustled and played well,” said Williamstown coach Terry Smith. “I’m really happy for the seniors to get a win in their final home game. We know if we make the playoffs we’ll be on the road.”

Williamstown’s fate wasn’t clear late Friday. Wins by St. Marys, Ripley and Madonna helped WHS’ fortunes, but Pocahontas County’s 28-17 victory over Shady Spring could mean the Yellowjackets are pushed out of the top 16 teams.

“If we get in, we’re good enough to win some games,” Smith said.

The Yellowjackets hadn’t played a game in 21 days, but that didn’t show against the Rebels. Junior Carter Haynes got things going by recovering a fumble on the first play of the game, and then he rushed 39 yards on WHS’ first play for an early 7-0 lead.

Williamstown’s defense was dominating and held Tolsia to 101 total yards, including just 43 on the ground and three first downs.

On the Yellowjackets next possession, Williamstown needed just two plays to score. Sophomore Ty Moore outran the Tolsia defenders for a 35-yard score.

“He deserves it because he works very hard,” Smith said. “He’s going to be a good one for us.”

Moore led the Yellowjackets by rushing 13 times for 88 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on runs of 1 and 15.

“It was a lot of fun running the ball tonight,” Moore said. “I think the whole team did a great job. If we practice hard and play hard, we will have a chance to win.”

Moore believes if WHS makes the playoffs they will be tough to beat.

“We’ve been getting better each week,” he said. “The biggest thing is we are making fewer mistakes. Things have really come together for us.”

Haynes also had another strong outing. He completed 6 of 11 passes for 100 yards, while also carrying the ball 11 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Evan Amos chipped in with 52 yards and one touchdown on seven carries. He also had two receptions for 17 yards, while Eric Brown had a 49-yard reception.

Steven Vanhoose led Tolsia with nine carries for 30 yards, while Wayne Williamson completed four passes for 58 yards.