MIDDLEBOURNE - It was a tale of two halves. What started out as a competitive 7-7 game at halftime turned into a Williamstown blowout as the Yellowjackets scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Silver Knights, 30-7, on Friday night.
Tyler Consolidated (0-1) outgained Williamstown (1-0) in the first half with 161 total yards compared to 130.
"I thought it was good win," Yellowjackets coach Terry Smith said. "I would not say we got outplayed in the first half, but we had a couple opportunities that we let slip by. They did not give them up, and we had some chances and we did not take advantage of them."
Williamstown got on the board first when senior quarterback Dakota Watson found the end zone from 1 yard out.
Tyler Consolidated quickly answered with its ensuing possession. Junior Jordan Baker took the snap and went 59 yards to the house to tie the game up 14 seconds later.
After that, it was all defense to end the half. The Silver Knights had Watson's number. The QB ran the ball 12 times for 54 yards and a score, but six of those rushes were for negative yardage.
On the other side, Baker had 12 rushes for 86 yard and a score.
"The first half what we expected," Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton said of Watson, who also had an interception. "They were physical and we were physical. And in the second half, we come out and adversity jumped up and bit us a couple of times. They capitalized on our mistakes."
He broke the tie about midway through the third quarter on his second touchdown run, this time from 5 yards out. And when the Yellowjackets made a mistake, Watson made sure to make up for it.
With about 4:08 left in the third, senior Hunter Neely's punt return for a score was called back after a clipping penalty. Two minutes later, Watson found the end zone one final time on a 32-yard scamper to make the score 20-7.
"He is a hard-nosed kid and is strong," Walton said. "We had trouble keeping a hold of him in the second half."
"We expect that from him. We expect him to be good. He has to be good for us to be good. He was a captain and leader on the team like he was last year and his sophomore year. So we expected him to be good and he was."
Austin Rains widened the Yellowjackets lead with a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Trace Elder iced the game with a field goal with 2:39 left to play.
"The kids got to know this is a four-quarter game," Walton said. "You look at that game, in the first two quarters, we are toe-to-toe. In the second half, adversity jumped up and got us, and they capitalized. Hats off to them because they created that. We have to get up to that. It is a four-quarter sporting event, not just two. They got to finish what they started.''
Watson finished with 137 yards through the air and 145 on the ground with his three scores. Baker had 85 passing yard with two interceptions and had 110 rushing.
Neely caught five balls for 85 yards to lead the way for the Yellowjackets. Jace Reed had three catches for 32 yards along with his 52 yards on the ground on 12 touches.
"We got to sure up a few places," Smith said. "They ran the ball pretty well on us in the first half. But it is hard to say until you look at video. We got to see why and how it happened. We might have been in the right place, and we were just getting blocked. It is a possibility."