Interception key to Watauga victory
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's Michael Ebaugh returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown with just 26 seconds left in the second quarter. His touchdown gave the Pioneers a 28-0 lead that Watauga took into halftime.
The touchdown signaled the beginning of the end of Wilkes Central.
The pass was intended for Wilkes Central running back Victor Williams.
On the previous play, Ebaugh let Williams get open, but Landy Morgan sacked Wilkes Central quarterback Jonathan Cook for an 11-yard loss.
Ebaugh said Watauga coach Ryan Habich reminded him to watch for Williams should the Eagles run the play again. This time, Ebaugh was ready.
"I got chewed out the play before for not looking for 23," Ebaugh said. "Coach came over after I got that and said (jokingly), 'Do I need to chew you out more?' I said, 'No, I'm good.' He said to always key No. 23."
Ebaugh was quarterback Aaron Dobbins' favorite target when the two played for the Watauga Wolverines middle school team, and again last season on the Watauga junior varsity.
Ebaugh started the 2013 season at wide receiver, but was also tried at wingback and at tight end before being moved to defense.
He had one solo tackle and two assists against Wilkes Central on Friday.