Three first-half touchdowns by Watertown allowed the Purple Tigers to cruise to a 28-8 win against White House Giday, Sept. 20 at Robinson Stadium.
The Purple Tigers’ second drive of the game ended with a quarterback Brayden Cousino screen pass to Brandon Watts for a 4-yard touchdown to give Watertown (5-1) a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Watertown running back Deramus Carey took a dive up the middle for 18 yards and the Purple Tigers’ second touchdown with less than a minute left in the first.
The ensuing White House (3-2) drive stalled 20 seconds later when Watertown’s Jordan Carter intercepted a pass at the Blue Devils’ 45-yard line and returned it to the 26.
That drive stalled for Watertown, but the next wouldn’t.
Early in the second, Cousino hit Quanterrius Hughes-Malone on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the back corner of the end zone that gave the home team a 21-0 lead.
White House tried to put a drive together on its next possession, but a second interception by Watertown’s Lance Fripp gave the Purple Tigers possession again.
“We have been hammering a lot of things, trying to talk about being disciplined and focused,” said Watertown head coach Gavin Webster. “We came out and played probably the best quarter we’ve played all year in the first quarter and not a bad second quarter.”
White House broke a stalemate that resulted in no scores for either team in the third. A botched Watertown snap on a punt early in the fourth led to the ball downed in the end zone for a safety to give the Blue Devils their first points, 21-2.
On the Blue Devils’ ensuing possession, it took just more than a minute to find the end zone. White House running back Ranen Blackburn scored on a 38-yard touchdown run up the middle. The two-point pass attempt fell to the turf, but the Blue Devils cut the Watertown lead to 21-8.
“We didn’t play to our potential, obviously,” said White House head coach Ryan Hamilton. “On a road trip and a lot of preparation and things like that, you can’t play the game that way. You can’t just show up and play. You prepare, and you play. Obviously, they were prepared; they played. We didn’t.”
Following a Watertown punt, White House found itself driving again until Watertown’s Jordan Cason pulled down an interception and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth.
“I’m not too pleased with what we did offensively in the second half,” Webster said. “We just kept having some mishaps in the second half offensively that we’ve got to sure up.”
Cousino finished 9-of-18 passing for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Carey had 141 yards on 14 carries and added a touchdown. Watts had four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.
White House quarterback Caleb Anderson threw 5-of-13 completions for 60 yards and three interceptions. Blackburn finished with 22 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown.
The Blue Devils will face district rival Portland (3-2) on the road Friday night. Watertown will travel to face Westmoreland (3-2) also in district play.