Watauga JVs belt Patton 29-6
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's junior varsity football team scored three touchdowns in the first half and cruised to a 29-6 win over Patton at Jack Groce Stadium Thursday.
Evan Suggs broke loose for touchdown runs of 13 and 24 yards to score the first two touchdowns. Quarterback Hamilton Castle added a touchdown run of five yards with 3:13 left in the first half to put the Pioneers in front 23-0.
"We came out and jumped on them early," Pioneers coach Dustin Kerley said. "That's what we wanted to do."
Suggs gained 83 yards on just 11 carries. Suggs had runs of 24, 18, 13 and 11 yards.
"I told him that they need more than one guy to tackle you," Kerley said of Suggs. "I've said that before. He ran hard and he always runs hard."
Watauga (5-3, 3-2 NWC) opened the second half with a eight-play, 56-yard drive capped by a Castle 33-yard TD pass to Case Taylor, who was running a seam route on the play.
Castle connected on all three of his passes for 56 yards. The Pioneers finished with 136 yards rushing and 192 in total offense.
"We played with good effort," Kerley said. "That's what we want the jayvees to do. We want them to come out and get lined up and just play hard."
Watauga's defense set up Suggs' first touchdown when Elijah Temple picked off a Darius King pass and returned it to the 13-yard line. Suggs scored on the next play.
Watauga also got a break when Patton hiked the ball over its punter's head, which gave the Pioneers a first down at the Patton 5-yard line, but Watauga fumbled the ball out of the end zone and Patton took over at its own 20-yard line on the touchback.
Watauga's defense held Patton to eight yards rushing and 17 yards in total offense in the first half. The Panthers had more success moving the ball in the second and finished with 74 yards in total offense.
Patton did not score until its final possession on a 2-yard touchdown run by Emiya Wooton with 2:11 left in the game. Wooton finished with 50 yards rushing, all in the second half.
Watauga plays at Hickory on Oct. 31.