‘Jackets roll past Knights, 41-6
Williamstown makes life hard for visiting Tyler Consolidated
WILLIAMSTOWN — Senior quarterback Brayden Modesitt passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third while junior Trevor Oates ran for a pair of scores to lead the Williamstown Yellowjackets to a convincing 41-6 victory Friday night over the visiting Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights.
The Yellowjackets jumped out to a big first half lead and never let the Knights back in it as they notched their fifth win in six games.
“I was really proud of the effort we came out with,” said first-year Williamstown head coach Chris Beck of the victory that came on homecoming night.
“I thought our seniors brought a high level of intensity and really led us out there tonight.”
After stopping the Knights on their opening possession WHS started their drive with great field position and wasted little time marching the ball down the field where Modesitt eventually connected with fellow senior Caleb Stansberry on a slant pass for 7 yards and a touchdown.
Tyler Consolidated answered with one of its best drives of the game.
The Knights moved the ball all the way down to the ‘Jacket 37-yard line before turning the ball back over on downs back to the Williamstown offense.
Williamstown quickly moved the ball deep into Knight territory when Modesitt teamed with sophomore Kent Wigal on a perfectly executed tight end screen that moved the ball all the way down to the Tyler Consolidated 7-yard line.
Oates carried it in on the very next play for his first score of the game and Garrett Hill’s point after kick was good to give WHS a 14-0 lead.
The Yellowjacket defense was able to get pressure all game long on Tyler quarterback Trenton Huffman.
That pressure resulted in a key turnover when senior Leewood Molessa sacked Huffman and forced him to fumble where Brady Ankrom recovered at the Silver Knight 34-yard line.
It took Modesitt and the Jacket offense just one play to make the Knights pay for their mistake when he delivered a perfectly thrown ball into the arms of sophomore Rickie Allen for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Modesitt completed 10-of-13 passes in the game for 139 yards and no interceptions
“Brayden is very much a leader for us and he really deserved to have a game like this,” said Beck of his senior quarterback. “The kid works as hard as anybody and we are going to need him to have big games like this.”
After forcing the Knights into a three-and-out and getting the ball in great field position once again, the Jackets extended their lead to 27-0 when Modesitt took a quarterback draw right up the middle 25 yards for yet another touchdown and a 27-0 lead.
An interception by sophomore T.J. Billingsley gave the ‘Jackets one more possession in the opening half and they made great use of it when Oates scored on a 27-yard touchdown run with a little more than two minutes to play in the half to increase their lead to 34-0.
Tyler Consolidated finally broke though in the final period when Hunter Throckmorton scored on a 15-yard touchdown run while WHS answered with a 1-yard plunge by Billingsley late in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Williamstown allowed the Knights just 187 total yards of offense while piling up 371 of their own including 232 on the ground.
Beck felt his team played outstanding in all phases of the game.
“I was extremely happy with the way we played especially in the first half. I thought we played tremendously on offense and defense and special teams for that matter, “ said Beck. “We got a little flat in the second half but give credit to Tyler they didn’t give up.”
Oates finished the game with 124 yards on 20 carries while Modesitt caried the ball six times for 42.
Allen carried the ball 5 times for 26 yards while hauling in a pair of passes from Modesitt for 43 more.
Throckmorton also went over the century mark for the visitors as he carried the ball 22 times for 121.
Williamstown is scheduled to host Moorefield next Friday while Tyler Consolidated remains on the road at Magnolia.