By Chris Parsons
If there was any a doubt about who would come out on top in Friday’s district matchup between Williamsburg (5-2, 1-1 district) and Berea (2-6, 1-1 district), the Yellow Jackets erased it on their first play from scrimmage.
Quarterback Dalton Sizemore connected with Corey Shelton for a 14-yard touchdown strike with just 16 seconds gone in the game and the rout was on.
From there, the Yellow Jackets cruised to the 56-13 victory.
Williamsburg scored on its next two plays from scrimmage when Sizemore connected with Chase Lowrie (34-yard touchdown) and Skyler Griffith (five-yard touchdown) to extend the Yellow Jackets’ lead 21-0 with 8:57 to play in the first quarter.
After the game, Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said he was proud of his team’s effort and was quick to point out that no matter what the expectations are coming into a game, the team still has to come out and execute.
“We’ve played Berea for several years now and they’ve about got us a few times, so it’s been kind of like the proverbial trap game for us,” Herron said. “This year we really told the kids that they (Berea) have a good football team and can do some things to slow down the clock and they bought into what we were saying.
“The guys came out and just took it to them and we were really happy with the effort of the entire team,” he added.
Though they were unable to find the end zone on their third possession, the Yellow Jackets tacked on a safety after they pinned Berea back on the four-yard line, pushing the lead to 23-0.
Despite the big lead, the Yellow Jackets weren’t about to slow down on either side of the football.
After Jefferson Patrick stretched the lead to 30-0 on a one-yard touchdown run, a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by Lowrie put Williamsburg on top, 37-0 at the end of the first quarter.
A two-yard touchdown run by Michael Dylan Rose-Creekmore stretched the lead to 43-0 and a two-yard scamper by Jefferson Patrick pushed the margin to 50-0 at halftime.
With Williamsburg’s second-string defense on the field to start the second half, Berea was able to get on the scoreboard on its first drive when Deondre Tate scored on a nine-yard touchdown run to trim the gap to 50-7 with 5:35 to play in the third quarter.
A five-yard run by Williamsburg’s Alex Patterson put the Yellow Jackets on top 56-7 with 10:30 to play in the fourth quarter.
A late touchdown reception by the Pirates’ Brenton Phillips made the final score 56-13 as Williamsburg took a knee for the game’s final play.
Berea is set to return to action Friday at home against Campbellsville.