Watauga JV football team outlasts A.C. Reynolds
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga’s junior varsity football team got one of its biggest plays from one of its smallest players.
The result was one of its biggest victories in over a decade.
Anthony Deiters, a sophomore listed at 5-foot-4, 130-pounds, caught a 17-yard, fourth down touchdown pass in overtime to lift Watauga to a 54-46 victory over A.C. Reynolds in a wild shootout at Jack Groce Stadium.
Deiters, who had just one catch for two yards before the overtime period, found a seam in the Reynolds secondary after the Rockets used a safety to double cover Watauga receiver Michael Ebaugh. On a fourth-and-17, quarterback Aaron Dobbins found Deiters for the go-ahead score.
Deiters added a two-point conversion when he caught another Dobbins pass just over the goal line.
The game was over just yet. A.C. Reynolds gained 378 yards in total offense against Watauga’s defense, but it was the one yard the Rockets could not gain that settled the final result of the game. A.C. Reynolds quarterback Tevin Stafford, who generated 269 yards of individual total offense, was stopped one yard short of the goal line on a fourth-and-one in the Rockets’ overtime period.
Both quarterbacks had big games. Dobbins had a hand in all eight of Watauga’s touchdowns, three rushing and five passing. He completed 15-of-27 passes for 191 yards with no interceptions.
Dobbins’ favorite target was Ebaugh, who caught eight passes for 150 yards and touchdowns of 13, 30 and 33 yards.
Ebaugh’s 30-yard touchdown was scored after the Pioneers recovered a kickoff that Reynolds misplayed with 20 seconds left. Dobbins found Ebaugh on a “go” route on the Pioneers’ first play from scrimmage.
Dobbins rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries, including touchdown runs of 1, 1 and 7 yards. Dobbins scored his second 1-yard run with 20 seconds left in the first half, which set up the kickoff the Pioneers recovered just before halftime.
Watauga’s running game finished with 194 yards on 43 carries. Nathan Ford, a 5-4, 145-pound freshman, rushed for 114 yards on just 15 carries. His 73-yard run in the first quarter helped the Pioneers to a first-and goal at the Rockets’ 8-yard line, and set up Dobbins’ 13-yard touchdown to Ebaugh.
Watauga looked like it would not be able to keep up with the Rockets. After taking a 14-8 lead, the Rockets scored the next three touchdowns to take a 30-14 lead with 8:13 left in the first half.
Watauga’s two touchdowns before halftime pulled the Pioneers to 30-27.