Watauga JVs trip Ashe 14-6
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's junior varsity football team did not reach the end zone for most of the first half.
It took an Ashe touchdown to spark the Pioneers' offense. Watauga moved 72 yards in just 18 seconds to score the go-ahead touchdown in a 14-6 Pioneers victory at Jack Groce Stadium.
Ashe converted a Watauga fumble into a 10-yard scoring drive after getting the ball back with 53 seconds left in the first half. Ashe scored on a touchdown pass and kicked the ball back to the Pioneers, who took over with 18 seconds left in the half.
But the Huskies missed the extra point, which left them in front 6-0.
Watauga responded quickly. Evan Suggs started the drive with a 16-yard run, which was followed by a 35-yard pass completion that was combined with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty on the Huskies.
One play later, Watauga quarterback Caleb Bryson found Corey West for a 16-yard touchdown pass as time expired. The Pioneers made the extra point and took a 7-6 lead into halftime.
Watauga added a touchdown on its first drive of the second half. Evan Suggs gained 21 yards on the first two plays of the drive before breaking through for a 43-yard touchdown run. The conversion was good and the Pioneers claimed a 14-6 lead.
Watauga's defense stopped Ashe at the goal line in the first half after the Huskies moved from the Watauga 48 down to the Pioneers' 5-yard line. Ashe got to the Watauga 1-yard line, but could not score on three plays from there.
Watauga seemed to be out of trouble, at least temporarily. The Pioneers gave the ball back on a fumble at the 10-yard line, which set up the Huskies' first touchdown.
Ashe also had a drive that stalled at the Watauga 10-yard line in the second half when the Huskies were stopped on a fourth-and-one.