Yellowjackets take down Tigers, 33-22

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times Marietta’s Tanner Stack (8) runs after a catch during a high school football game against Williamstown Friday at Don Drumm Stadium.

Donathan Taylor rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns and the Williamstown defense came up with big play after big play at the most crucial points of the game as the Yellowjackets captured the “Rumble On The River” with a 33-22 win Friday night over the previously unbeaten Marietta Tigers at Don Drumm Stadium.

Taylor scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns while the ‘Jacket defense sacked Marietta quarterback Corbin Alkire six times while forcing the Tigers into four turnovers.

“It was just a hot, hot week all week in practice and I wasn’t sure how we were going to come out,” said Williamstown head coach Terry Smith. “Our guys just said we are going to get this done and I’m proud of the way they worked this week and the way they played tonight. Marietta gave us a couple of turnovers and that really helped the cause and we were able to take advantage of them”

Williamstown grabbed the early 7-0 lead when senior quarterback Carter Haynes broke free on a 48-yard touchdown on their first possession of the game.

The orange and black responded quickly as they put together an eight-play, 67-yard drive capped by a Kory Science 5-yard run.

Photo courtesy of Neal Smith Williamstown’s Ty Moore (2) carries the ball as Marietta’s Dylan Beardmore (54) attempts to bring him down during a high school football game Friday at Don Drumm Stadium.

MHS elected to go for two after the ‘Jackets were whistled for a penalty and Alkire converted to give the Tigers an 8-7 lead.

WHS jumped back in front on the second play of the second quarter when Taylor scored the first of his three touchdowns, an 8-yard run that capped a long ‘Jacket drive that was keyed by a 25-yard pass play on third down from Haynes to Mason Deem.

While the turnover bug would get the Tigers several times in the game, a Tiger interception by senior defensive back Kail Hill gave MHS the ball in Williamstown territory early in the third period and junior back Chase Taylor made the maroon and gold pay in a big way when he rambled 39 yards for a touchdown and a 15-14 Marietta lead.

With the momentum now firmly on the Tigers’ side, Williamstown needed to put points back on the board and it did exactly that as they put together a pounding 15-play, 72-yard drive finished by Hayne’s second touchdown of the game to retake a 21-15 lead.

Marietta quickly moved the deep inside the Williamstown 10-yard line but a holding penalty moved the ball back to the 20-yard line before Deem came up with the biggest defensive play of the game when he intercepted an Alkire pass attempt at the goal line and returned it 59 yards into Marietta territory.

WHS continued to successfully use its run game as the ‘Jackets ran the ball eight straight times with Taylor finding paydirt once again to open up their biggest lead of the game at 27-15.

Marietta failed to answer on its next possession but found new life later in the final period when Alkire connected with Tanner Stack on a 34-yard touchdown with 3:51 to go in the game to make it a one possession game once again.

All that stood between the Tigers giving their offense one last chance at a comeback win was their defense coming up with one big stop and it appeared they just might do that as Williamstown faced a fourth-and-4 at the MHS 31-yard line.

Taylor dug the final dagger into the hearts of the Tigers however as he broke free on the left side of the line and rambled untouched into the end zone for his third score of the game.

“Our line was just terrific all game long tonight,” said Taylor. “I got the ball and looked up and I saw a gold mine sitting there and a large hole and I just ran through it.”

The win improved Williamstown’s season mark to 2-1 as Haynes joined Taylor in eclipsing the 100-yard mark as he carried the ball 24 times for 103 yards.

Defensive back Kole Sutton came up with two interceptions in the game while defensive lineman Kyle Kitchen was involved in at least three of the ‘Jackets’ six sacks.

Marietta, which fell to 2-1 on the season was led by Alkire who completed 14 of 32 pass attempts in the game for 215 yards while Stack finished with seven receptions for 125 yards and Tony Munos tallied 100 total yards.

“Give Williamstown all the credit in the world because they played extremely hard and just outworked us,” said MHS head coach Jason Schob. “I thought we had a couple of penalties that put us behind the sticks and it was just too much to get back from those long-yardage situations.”

Both teams will head down Interstate 77 next week for road games as Marietta travels to Ripley and Williamstown takes on Ravenswood.