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NOLENSVILLE -- Class 2A Watertown learned there’s strength in numbers in a 35-14 road loss to Class 4A Nolensville Friday night.

Watertown (1-1) found itself outnumbered at least three to one compared to the much larger Nolensville (2-0) team and kept the score close until late in the game.

“I thought our kids fought hard tonight,” said Watertown head coach Gavin Webster. “They didn’t quit. They didn’t lay down. We came in, and no one gave us a chance. We had them 25-14 with a little over a minute left. That’s kind of how it should have ended up, but they got a cheap one late.

“We don’t have a lot of depth, and that shows up late in the ball game.”

Trailing 10-0 midway through the third quarter, Watertown quarterback Brayden Cousino hit Elijah Williams in stride en route to a 74-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 10-7.

But that was as close as Watertown would get.

On the ensuing drive, the Knights’ Ryan Pistulka scored on a 22-yard touchdown run to extend Nolensville’s lead to 17-7 with 2:28 left in the third.

Nolensville added another touchdown midway through the fourth for a 25-7 lead before Cousino connected with Jordan Cason on a 41-yard touchdown pass to trim the lead again to 25-14.

Nolensville tacked on a cosmetic touchdown with 46 seconds left in the game.

The two teams played to a near stalemate in the first half.

Nolensville’s Luke Jenkins managed a 30-yard field goal as time expired in the first quarter.

Watertown was more effective on offense with 115 total yards to the Knights’ 30 in the first half. But three momentum-killing turnovers hampered the Purple Tigers.

“We had three offensive turnovers the first half,” said Webster. “We had a special teams turnover in the third quarter. We had some drives going there when we had those turnovers. We had some potential to have some scores there, because we were moving the ball. It kind of deflates you.

Cousino finished the night with 17 completions on 27 attempts for 219 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception.

Williams had four catches for 100 yards. The passing game was the highlight of the Purple Tigers’ offense as five rushers combined for just 67 yards on 32 carries.

Watertown is scheduled host to rival Trousdale County Friday, Sept. 6 in the first region game of the season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.

Nolensville will face Spring Hill at home.

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