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Waterford cruises past Miller to advance in playoffs

Photo by Patricia Miller Waterford’s Jacob Huffman (10) runs with the ball during a high school football playoff game against Miller Friday. Waterford won, 49-0.

WATERFORD — With a dominating 49-0 win over Miller in the first round of the Division VII, Region 27 playoffs Friday, Waterford will be moving on.

The Wildcats got on the board first at the 3:24 mark in the first quarter on Joe Pantelidis’ short touchdown run. Holden Dailey ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

After Jake Pantelidis recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Grant McCutcheon hooked up with Luke Teters on a touchdown pass to make it 15-0 at the 1:15 mark.

Early in the second period, Joe Pantelidis rushed for a 56-yard TD to make it 22-0 before Jacob Huffman ran for a touchdown of his own to extend the lead to 29-0 with 5:09 to go in the first half.

Dailey scored his first touchdown of the night on a run with 2:39 left before halftime to put the hosts up 36-0.

Coming out of the break, Dailey found paydirt again on a 45-yard run to make it 43-0.

After Teters intercepted a pass by Miller’s Trey McCoy, Waterford scored one last time on Lane Cline’s touchdown run to make it 49-0 with 1:20 left in the game.

Waterford will take on third-seeded River next Friday in the second round.

Williamstown 15, Summers County 12

HINTON, W.Va. — Class A No. 7, Williamston looked to build on its big win over then No. 1 St. Mary’s when it travelled to Garten Stadium to clash with co-No. 10 Summers County Friday night.

What the Yellow jackets encountered was an upset-minded Bobcats squad that took them to the final play of the game.

Surviving two costly fumbles in the second half, Williamstown rode the legs of running back Trevor Oates and hung on for a 15-12 win.

“I feel like we stole one tonight,” Williamston head coach Chris Beck said. “(Summers County) probably deserved to win the game, but credit our kids. They were really resilient and found a way to win. We did everything we could to try not to win, but that is testament to Summers County. That is a good physical football team.”

Trailing 7-6 at the half, Summers County forced a fumble deep in Yellow jacket territory late in the third quarter. Logan Fox cashed in six plays later to put the Bobcats up, 12-7, with just over nine minutes to play.

Williamstown responded with a 13-play drive that covered 66 yards with Oates scoring the eventual game-winner from six-yards out.

“(Trevor) was really big in that last drive,” Beck said. “That was really reminiscent of the Marietta game earlier in the year. We got the ball with four minutes to go and put together a sixty-yard drive. Trevore is a horse. He put it on the ground, but he seemed to respond from that and carried us there at the end.”

Summers County drove the ball down the field on the final possession inside the Williamstown 10-yard line. However, a field goal attempt with time running out was blocked by the visitors to preserve the win.

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