WILLIAMSTOWN - Good thing for Williamstown style points don't factor into football ratings.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Yellowjackets all but assured themselves of a playoff berth with last week's 16-13 win at Parkersburg Catholic. At 7-1, the next mode of operation is to secure home field for as many games as possible in the playoffs.
I think we will host a first round game, and if that happen you want to be greedy and host a second round game," Williamstown coach Terry Smith said. "Last week against Parkersburg Catholic, we just couldn't block them up front. Offensively, we couldn't get anything going. When (quarterback) Jake Tracewell is not getting anything going, you know you are going to have problems."
MICHAEL UHL Special to The Times
Williamstown quarterback Jake Tracewell (14) dives for yardage against Parkersburg Catholic Saturday night.
Williamstown closes out with a pair of Class AA programs in Ritchie County (5-3) on Friday night followed by Roane County next week. The Rebels were dabbling with the numbers and pursuing a possible home game for the first round of the postseason before Tyler Consolidated put a crimp in those plans after pulling out a 20-14 victory last week in Ellenboro.
The Silver Knights scored the game-winner on a 40-yard screen pass with 35 seconds remaining in the game.
"We didn't capitalize early on and we let Tyler Consolidated hang around," Ritchie County coach Mike Dawson said. "We were in the red zone six or seven times and we came away with 14 points. It was disappointing."
Despite the loss, Ritchie County has a weapon in quarterback Alex Lipscomb who can turn any play into six points. The senior has completed 53 percent (71-of-133) of his passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns with only three interceptions. On the ground, he has rushed 102 times for 760 yards and eight touchdowns.
According to Ritchie County coach Mike Dawson, Lipscomb's stats would rank second in the NFL behind Peyton Manning.
"Ritchie County's quarterback runs real well and throws real well," Smith said.
"He's a super athlete."
Against Tyler Consolidated, two of Ritchie County's wideouts - Dylan Frye and Jayden Allender -were sidelined with injuries. Their status for this week remains uncertain.
"Ritchie spreads you out and puts two receivers on both sides," Smith said. "Last year, they ran out of the power-I, but they haven't shown that a lot this year."
Coach Dawson is impressed with Williamstown defense, which has allowed two or fewer touchdowns in six of its eight games.
"You can tell Williamstown is well-coached," Dawson said. "They are real aggressive and take the run away if they can. I don't think they are willing to give you the pass, but they say you won't run the football against them.
"They play the 4-4 as tight as you can play it. I saw the Parkersburg Catholic game, and it was hard to run east and west on them."