Williamstown uses big plays to down Ravenswood
WILLIAMSTOWN — Maxwell Molessa’s 60-yard touchdown strike to Louis Goodnow got things rolling for host Williamstown here Friday night during homecoming and the Yellowjackets easily improved to 2-1 after cruising past Ravenswood, 35-8.
The 2-1 Yellowjackets of head coach Chris Beck scored on their first possession. The ‘Jackets used a 6-yard run by Rickie Allen and a 9-yard gain from Molessa to pick up a pair of third downs. Facing another third down at its own 40, WHS took the lead for good when Molessa hit a wide open Goodnow and it was 7-0 at the 7:15 mark after Isaac Joy’s extra point.
Ravenswood, which dropped to 0-3 and welcomes in Wirt County next Friday night to Flinn Field, was forced to punt on its first series after Kent Wigal had a strip sack on third down.
Coach Beck opted to go for it on fourth-and-4 at the Red Devil 42, but Molessa was held to a 3-yard gain.
The visitors then marched down the field as the first quarter ended. Signal-caller Jacob Bowling had a 4-yard gain on a fourth-and-1 play from the RHS 49. The Red Devils managed to convert two more third downs, which included a third-and-9 at the ‘Jacket 34 when Bowling scrambled 22 yards for a first down. However, a slant pass by Bowling was picked off at the 3 by Allen.
Thanks to receptions by Allen and Wigal along with a pair of Trevor Oates rushes, the hosts had it first-and-10 just outside the 10 when Molessa hit a wide open Logan White for a touchdown. Joy’s boot with 6:49 left before intermission made it 14-0.
Despite a 34-yard screen pass to running back Isaiah Casto, which got RHS into ‘Jacket territory, Molessa picked off Bowling at the 5.
The Yellowjackets didn’t waste any time finding paydirt again. Molessa aerials to Wigal and Oates set up a first-and-10 at the Red Devil 25. With Oates acting as the lead blocker, Molessa scampered in untouched for a 21-0 lead with 2:11 remaining before the break.
Ravenswood’s Shawn Banks returned the ensuing kickoff to near midfield, but the final Red Devil drive of the half was thwarted in part by sacks from Colton Melrose and Wigal.. Joy also had a first-half sack.
Things didn’t get any better for the Red Devils in the second half as their first drive resulted in another interception, this time from sophomore Colton Hesson.
WHS wasted little time finding the end zone again. Molessa had a 35-yard connection with Goodnow and after a trio of Oates totes and one Allen rush, Molessa bolted in for a 10-yard score and another Joy extra point pushed the lead to 28-0 at 4:07 of the third.
Thanks in part to a Jed Lane sack thwarting the next Ravenswood drive, the visitors had to punt. Although Goodnow actually had a 65-yard return for a score, it was called back. Forced to punt again, Ravenswood snapped the ball over the punter’s head and into the end zone. Despite getting a squib kick off, the ball was hauled in out of the air at the 3 by White, who waltzed in for an easy score, a 35-0 advantage and a running clock for the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils managed to avoid the shutout when Wyatt Milhoan had a 73-yard catch-and-run TD from Jacob Bowling and Wesley Hill added the conversion run with 75 ticks remaining.
“I thought offensively they did a great job,” said coach Beck, who was pleased to see his offense move the ball against a stacked box. “It opened things up in the passing game and Max through some good balls.
“If you want to stack the box, that’s fine. We’ve got other options. I thought our guys stepped up to the challenge and made those plays. I thought Max threw the ball extremely well and the O-line protected well.”
Molessa rushed 11 times for 90 stripes and also completed 8 of 11 attempts for 185 yards.
Bowling finished 6 of 10 for 179 yards while running back Isaiah Casto carried 23 times for 100 yards.