Updated Sun, Nov 24, 2013 11:36 am
The Williamstown Yellow Jackets showed on Saturday afternoon that they are hungry to get back to the state championship game. In a game that many thought would come down to the final minutes, Williamstown did the unexpected and blew out Bishop Donahue in a 54-12 victory.
Yellow Jacket senior quarterback Jake Tracewell showed off not only his passing abilities, but also his rushing talent as he put the game’s first points on the board with a 47-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Tracewell would go on to finish with four rushing touchdowns on the day and one through the air.
Bishop Donahue answered on its next possession, as it got favorable field position on a short kickoff. The Bishops started with the ball on the Williamstown 41-yard line, and running back Brett Moore pounded the ball into the red zone. Lavonte Hampton would cap off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. The missed extra point put Bishop Donahue a point behind Williamstown, but that was as close as the Bishops came.
The momentum really swung towards Wlliamstown early in the second quarter.
Bishop Donahue was able to keep Williamstown from scoring on the ensuing possession, but when the Bishops got the ball back, quarterback Jesse Padlow threw a pick-six to Williamstown defensive back Hunter Neely.
Padlow’s day only went downhill from there, as he finished 11-for-32 passing with 158 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.
The Bishops had four total turnovers – the three interceptions and one fumble. Their six penalties for 35 yards also did not help their case. Despite running 61 plays to Williamstown’s 47, Bishop Donahue was not able to capitalize on its drives like the Yellow Jackets were.
Williamstown fullback David Hastings had nine carries and 175 yards on the day, complete with a 55-yard touchdown run. Tracewell compiled 274 total yards, with 147 of those coming on the ground. He also helped his team out on defense with an interception.
With the win, Williamstown advances to the next round of the playoffs and will go on to play the winner of the Wahama-Madonna quarterfinal.