Bill Robinson & Mike Jennings visit with friends prior to Friday's kickoff. DALLUS WHITFIELD photo
WATERTOWN -- Scratching and clawing to the bitter end, Watertown's Purple Tigers dropped a 38-30 loss to Jo Byrns Friday, Oct. 11 in the final varsity football game at historic Robinson Stadium.
The loss saw Watertown fall to 2-6 overall this season.
Home to WHS football since 1926, the venue will be passed along to the junior high when the new Watertown High opens in the fall of 2014.
The Red Devils (now 4-3 overall) broke open a close contest with 30 unanswered points and took a commanding 38-14 lead with 8:27 left in the contest.
But the homestanding Tigers notched a 25 yard touchdown pass from Ty Jobe to Brandon George with 6:18 remaining, the second such hookup of the night for the quarterback - receiver tandem.
With Jobe's run for two points, the margin was trimmed to 38-22.
Junior corner Austin Brown electrified the crowd with a 92 yard interception return for a touchdown at the 2:48 mark of the fourth period.
Yet another successful two point conversion, this one by Devin High, resulted in the final score of 38-30.
For the game, the Red Devils racked up 417 yards in total offense -- including 225 on the ground.
Quarterback Kevin Adkins led Jo Byrns with 91 yards rushing on 23 carries and two touchdowns. He also completed 8-of-13 passes for 192 yards.
Watertown finished with 18 first downs, 123 yards rushing on 34 attempts and 158 yards.
Jobe completed five of his nine pass attempts for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Dakota Self ran 12 times for 43 yards, Luke Turner had 10 attempts for 32 yards and Jobe ran 11 times for 41 yards.
Idle this week, the Purple Tigers will be back in action Friday, Oct. 25 at District 8-A opponent Goodpasture.