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GAINESBORO -- Watertown put up points early and often Thursday night en route to a 42-8 win over Jackson County in Region 2A-4 play.
Watertown (7-1, 4-0) opened the scoring as Deramus Carey took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to give the Purple Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Jackson County (3-6, 0-4) picked up what would be a rare first down on its initial drive, but a three and out ensued, and the Purple Tigers took over on their own 31 following a punt.
Watertown jumped offsides on its first play from scrimmage before Carey took off again on a 74-yard touchdown run that gave the Purple Tigers a 14-0 lead.
Penalties wiped out what would have been two Watertown touchdowns on the Purple Tigers’ next two possessions, but the defense didn’t allow the Blue Devils to get a first down until the last play of the first quarter.
Watertown scored again with 1:34 left in the first on an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brayden Cousino to Quanterrius Hughes-Malone to give the Purple Tigers a 21-0 lead.
Carey scored his third touchdown of the game with 9:26 left in the second on a 5-yard dive to put the Purple Tigers up 27-0.
Following another three and out from the Blue Devils, Cousino connected with
Brandon Watts on a 50-yard touchdown pass and added a two-point conversion on a pass to Hughes-Malone that gave Watertown a 35-0 lead with 7:21 left in the second.
Elijah Williams took a jet sweep 15 yards to the end zone late in the second to push the Watertown lead to 42-0.
Jackson County’s lone score came early in the fourth on a 32-yard Wid Robbins touchdown run, and the two-point conversion came on a pass from quarterback Eli Burns to Jacob Calvin.
With the clock running and temperatures falling, the second half went by in about 30 minutes real time.
Watertown put up 347 yards of total offense and limited Jackson County to 85 yards of total offense.
Carey finished with four carries for 86 yards rushing and 166 all-purpose yards with three total touchdowns, all in the first half, for the Purple Tigers. Cousino went 8-of-12 passing for 111 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half. He also had two carries for 35 yards. Williams had one carry for 10 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 35 yards.
Hughes-Malone had 13 yards on one carry rushing and caught one pass for 18 yards and a touchdown receiving. Watts racked up 30 yards rushing on three carries and caught one pass for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Watertown will head east toward the Cumberland Gap Friday, Oct. 25 to face Upperman in a non-district game in Baxter and finish out the regular season the following week in a district matchup versus East Robertson at Robinson Stadium.