By JOHN B. BRYAN
GORDONSVILLE -- Watertown overcame a sluggish first quarter but scored 25 unanswered points to beat Region 4, 1A rival Gordonsville 25-7 Friday at Turney Ford Field.
The win secures the Purple Tigers a spot in the TSSAA playoffs running their Region 4 record to 3-3 and locking up third place in the league.
Gordonsville took advantage of good field position early and scored on a 12 play, 37 yard drive as Tiger quarterback Chase Malone hit Derek Bennett in the back of the end zone from 15 yards out.
From there it was all Watertown and the Purple Tiger ground game.
Blaze Eaton ran the ball 26 times for 185 yards and two scores eating up the G-Men defense and the clock.
The Watertown offense mixed in a few inside screen passes to keep the G-Men honest but pounded out 252 yards rushing for their work.
The second quarter of play proved to be the difference as the Purple Tigers scored three times on drives of 50, 45 and 65 yards to take a 19-7 advantage in at the half.
Purple Tiger quarterback Dalton Phillips finished with five of eight passing with one interception and added 18 yards on the ground and a touchdown.
Most every time Gordonsville would get a drive started, Watertown’s stingy defense would have an answer by either sacking Malone for a loss or stopping sophomore running back Cody Woodmore before he could break the line of scrimmage.
Woodmore finished the night with just 51 yards rushing on 17 carries as Watertown only allowed the G-Men 62 yards of total offense and five first downs.
Watertown finished with 308 yards of total offense while picking up 16 first downs.
With the win Watertown improves to 5-4 on the year and will stay in Region 4,1A play as they host Monterey Thursday, Oct. 30 at Robinson Stadium.