Watauga's JV team belts Avery 36-15
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
NEWLAND — Watauga’s junior varsity football team kept its fast start this season going by getting off to a fast start against Avery Thursday.
The Pioneers scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, and added another touchdown on the first possession of the second half in their 36-15 victory over Avery. Watauga improved to 3-0 and has scored at least 29 points in each game.
The Pioneers had no problem getting on the scoreboard when they drive 63 yards in just four plays. Nathan Ford opened the game with a 24-yard run and quarterback Aaron Dobbins ran for 20 yards on the second play from scrimmage.
Dobbins found Michael Ebaugh for a 15-yard touchdown pass, and with a two-point conversion Dobbins pass to Justin Greer, the Pioneers led 8-0.
Watauga scored another touchdown on its next drive after an Anthony Deiters interception gave the Pioneers the ball at the Avery 31. Deiters got the Pioneers 30 yards closer with a run before Ford scored on a 1-yard run.
Deiters and Dobbins both turned out to be a thorn in the collective sides of the Vikings. With the Pioneers holding a 23-7 halftime lead, Dobbins completed all six of his passes for 75 yards. His first completion to Deiters went for 13 yards and gave the Pioneers a first down at the Avery 20-yard line.
Dobbins’ next completion also went to Deiters, who covered the final 20 yards for a touchdown. Dobbins found Ebaugh for the ensuing two-point conversion and a 30-7 lead. Dobbins and Deiters connected for a 35-yard touchdown score in the fourth quarter to give the Pioneers a 36-15 lead.
Dobbins’ whose 1-yard run with three seconds left in the second quarter capped a 49-yard, seven-play drive, gave the Pioneers a 22-7 halftime lead.
Watauga plays at West Caldwell next week.