Jackets sting Tigers: Tracewell leads Williamstown to 20-0 triumph over 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.”

Williamstown out-gained Marietta 237-214, including 183-166 on the ground. Neither team had a great game throwing the ball, as Tracewell was 4-for-15 for 54 yards while Marietta’s Anthony Kimbrough was 4-for-19 for 48 yards and three picks.

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 4th-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 4th-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 two 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.

Marietta’s second drive also went into Williamstown territory but did not result in points.

13-yard carries by Wright and Coffield set up the Tigers at the Williamstown 37. Later, with 1st-and-10 at the 25, Marietta tried to get Coffield to the outside again but he was stuffed for a 5-yard loss. After a 4-yard run by Wright, back-to-back incompletions by Kimbrough gave the Yellowjackets the ball back.

The next scoring play did not occur until late in the second quarter. With 1st-and-10 at its own 39, Williamstown went with a no-huddle offense. The key play of the drive was 14-yard pass from Tracewell to Hastings on 4th-and-2 which gave the Yellowjackets 1st-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.”

The Yellowjackets got the ball first out of the break but were forced into a 4th-and-8 situation at their own 49. In punt formation, Tracewell took the snap on the fake, but was rejected by the Tiger defense for a 2-yard loss, giving the Tigers great field position and momentum.

The Williamstown defense responded well, though, forcing Marietta into a 3-and-out.

Arguably the dagger in the game came on Marietta’s next drive, when Marietta lined up for a punt on 4th-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.

That would result in a 31-yard field goal from Elder to make a three-score game at 17-0.

Elder added another field goal in the fourth quarter from 24 yards out to make it 20-0.

Williamstown improved to 3-0 with the win and will look to stay undefeated at home next week against Ravenswood.

“We feel good,” Smith. “We’re gonna assess what we’re doing. You can always play better. We’ve got a week off and we’ll try to regroup a little bit.”

Marietta fell to 1-2 with the loss and will look to rebound on the road against Gallia Academy Friday.