Williamstown blanks Marietta

MARIETTA -It wasn’t flashy, but Williamstown did everything it needed to in an impressive 20-0 road victory over Marietta at Don Drumm Stadium Friday evening.

Yellowjacket quarterback Jake Tracewell rushed for 100 yards, scored two touchdowns and, more importantly, did not turn the ball over.

Marietta, on the other hand, committed three giveaways and had costly penalties that kept it out of the end zone against the Williamstown defense which bent but did not break.

“I thought our kids were focused,” said Williamstown head coach Terry Smith. “It took us, I’d say, about a quarter to adjust to how fast (the Tigers) were.

“They’re such good athletes that you never know when things are gonna break or when they’re gonna break something. Our defense withstood the test, for sure.”

Tracewell had a game-high 100 yards on 13 carries. David Hastings had six carries for 27 yards, Dakota Watson had 10 rushes for 28 yards and Trace Hart accounted for 21 yards on 10 touches.

The Tigers were led in the ground game by Chance Wright’s 51 yards on 11 carries. Quinton Coffield had 40 yards on 10 carries, Austin Jones had six rushes for 27 yards and John Henry ran it twice for 28 yards.

Grae Setterstrom was the game’s leading receiver with two catches for 35 yards. Matt Morris also caught a pair of passes for 13 yards. For Williamstown, Hastings had two receptions for 24 yards while Watson had a 23-yard catch.

Marietta got the ball first and moved it well. On fourth-and-1 at their own 40, the Tigers gave Coffield the ball on an end-around and the 5-foot-8, 138-pound speedster carried it for 28 yards to the Williamstown 32.

The ‘Jackets kept the Tigers off the scoreboard, though, as Kimbrough’s pass on fourth-and-5 was intercepted by Noah Bellew and returned to the 39-yard line.

Tracewell went to work, hitting Hastings on a 9-yard pass and then running for 2 yards for a first down before taking it to the house on the next play for a 49-yard touchdown run. Trace Elder made the PAT to make the score 7-0.

The next scoring play did not occur until late in the second quarter. With first-and-10 at its own 39, Williamstown went with a no-huddle offense. The key play of the drive was a 14-yard pass from Tracewell to Hastings on fourth-and-2 which gave the Yellowjackets first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Tracewell punched it in from there to give Williamstown a 14-0 advantage going into halftime.

“He runs, he throws, he does everything,” Smith said of Tracewell. “He’s really a super-athlete. He’s started for us both ways for three years. He’s a leader for us on and off the field.

“I just expect him to do good. I’m not real surprised. He better be good or we’re not gonna be any good.”

Arguably the dagger in the game came on Marietta’s second drive of the second half, when Marietta lined up for a punt on fourth-and-4 at its own 49. The snap was high and got past Tiger punter Eric Pierce, who fell on it at the 21-yard line.