Watertown typically took about a half to get things rolling on offense so far this season, but the tables were turned Friday night as the Purple Tigers posted a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a 42-20 DeKalb County thumping for homecoming at Robinson Stadium.
Watertown (3-1, 3-0) racked up 342 yards of total offense while the Purple Tigers' defense limited DeKalb County (1-3, 1-1) to 135 yards and 42 yards in the first half.
“I thought we came out and executed compared to what we’ve done in the past three weeks,” said Watertown head coach Gavin Webster. “We came out and executed on offense like we should. We didn’t have the mental mistakes. We didn’t have a lot of penalties. When you execute, things work well.”
Watertown’s lone mistake of the game came on the first play from scrimmage with a fumble that set up DeKalb County on the Watertown 34-yard line. But the Tigers turned the ball over on downs, and Watertown found itself back on offense with a shot at redemption.
The Purple Tigers then mounted a 10-play, 74-yard drive, capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brayden Cousino to Brandon Watts to give Watertown an early 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
DeKalb County tied the game on the ensuing drive, highlighted by a fake punt by lineman Isaac Cross as he rumbled 18 yards to the Watertown 30-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Axel Aldino hit Isaac Knowles on a 30-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.
But that was as close as DeKalb County would get to a lead. Watertown’s Jordan Carter capped off a nine-play, 65-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run to retake the lead at 14-7 late in the first.
The Purple Tigers went on a 21-0 run in the second highlighted by a pair of Cousino-to-Elijah-Williams touchdown passes. The sophomore quarterback first found Williams on a 19-yard strike early in the second, and then the pair connected on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 3:15 left to push the Watertown lead to 28-7.
Watertown running back Deramus Carey wrapped up the first half on a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Purple Tigers up 35-7.
DeKalb County came out swinging in the third as Aldino connected with Desmond Nokes on a 10-yard touchdown pass to narrow Watertown’s lead to 35-14.
On the ensuing drive, Watertown mounted a nine-play, 68-yard drive highlighted by Quanterrius Hughes-Malone taking a reverse 29 yards to the DeKalb County 3-yard line. A play later, Carey went into the end zone untouched to add to Watertown’s lead, 42-14 midway through the third.
Scoring for both teams remained stagnant until the last play of the game when DeKalb County’s Kolter Kilgore hit Silas Cross on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Cousino finished the game throwing 9-of-15 completions for 106 yards and three touchdowns and 150 all-purpose yards. Carey had 112 yards of total offense with 108 yards on 16 rushes and two touchdowns. Carter finished with nine rushes for 93 yards and caught a 5-yard pass for a total of 98 yards on offense and one touchdown. Williams caught three passes for 59 yards, two of which went for touchdowns.
Watertown will next travel to Wartrace to face Cascade on Sept. 20, while DeKalb County will return home to face Macon County on Sept. 19.
DeKalb 7 0 7 6—20
Watertown 14 21 7 0—42
WT—Brandon Watts 13 pass from Brayden Cousino (Cole Miller kick), 6:50.
DC—Isaac Knowles 30 pass from Axel Aldino (Alan Munoz kick), 3:10.
WT—Jordan Carter 9 run (Miller kick), :25.
WT—Elijah Williams 19 pass from Cousino (Miller kick), 9:24.
WT—Williams 34 pass from Cousino (Miller kick), 3:15.
WT—Deramus Carey 4 run (Miller kick), :27.
DC—Desmond Nokes 10 pass from Aldino (Munoz kick), 9:47.
WT—Carey 3 run (Miller kick), 6:43.
DC—Silas Cross 10 pass from Kolter Kilgore (no kick), :00.