The Williamstown Yellowjackets find themselves one win away from the West Virginia Class A state championship game.
To get there, they will have to defeat undefeated and top-seeded Madonna (12-0) Friday night at Weir High School in the semifinal game. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The 'Jackets are coming off a dominating 54-12 victory over Bishop Donahue last week. Quarterback Jake Tracewell led the way offensively for Williamstown with 139 rushing yards on 10 carries and 121 yards on seven pass completions. Tracewell was involved in four total touchdowns.
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Williamstown quarterback Jake Tracewell, left, hands off to running back David Hastings (32) in last Saturday’s Class A quarterfinal football game against Bishop Donahue. The Jackets won 54-12.
David Hastings had a monster game against the Bishops with 177 yards on 13 rushes and a TD, while Dakota Watson added 60 yards and a score on eight carries.
Madonna, which surrendered 50 points in a win over Wahama last week, will need to find a way to stop the potent rushing attack that Williamstown brings to the table. Wahama's Kane Roush amassed 181 yards on 10 carries and six total touchdowns, which is the kind of success Williamstown's backs will be hoping for Friday. However, the Blue Dons won't be the only team on the field with a challenge on defense.
Williamstown faces the task of having to solve a Madonna offensive attack that dropped 77 points on Wahama.
Ross Comis and Elliot Nero combined for 45 carries, 447 rushing yards and all 11 touchdowns for the Blue Dons in their victory over the White Falcons.
Williamstown gave up just 88 yards on the ground against Donahue, but the Bishops did total 186 yards through the air. If Williamstown can successfully limit Madonna's running game and force it to throw more, the 'Jackets could have the advantage.
Madonna head coach Doug Taylor expects his team to be familiar with the Yellowjackets.
"We didn't get a chance to see them play, but we've played them in the past so there is some familiarity between the programs," Taylor said.
Williamstown defeated Madonna in the state championship game in 2008 and again in a playoff game in 2011.