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WATERTOWN -- Winning for the sixth consecutive outing, the last four in dominating fashion, Watertown rolled to a 38-0 victory over Jackson County Friday at Robinson Stadium.
The Purple Tigers have outscored opponents 156-6 in their last four games.
Most importantly, Watertown (7-1, 4-0 Region 4,2A) clinched the region championship and with it home field throughout the TSSAA postseason.
“I thought we came out and executed on both sides of the football,” said Watertown head coach Gavin Webster.
“We made very few mistakes, and the mistakes were minimal. …We’ve always got stuff to work on. We are never content. We will find stuff on film. We are just trying to get better every week.”
Watertown got things rolling quickly when Jordan Cason took a handoff 63 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage that gave the Purple Tigers a 6-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game.
Following a Jackson County (5-4, 1-3) three-and-out on the Blue Devils’ opening drive, Watertown’s ensuing drive stalled, but it gave kicker Trey Pack the chance to boot a 23-yard field goal that gave his team a 9-0 lead midway through the first.
“The opportunity came, and the freshman kicker got the chance to come in and put some points on the board,” Webster said.
The Watertown defense forced another Jackson County punt and put together a four-play 70-yard drive highlighted by a 62-yard run by Cason that gave the Purple Tigers first-and-goal at the 8.
On the next play, Jordan Carter ran the final 8 yards for a touchdown, and a successful two-point try – a pass from quarterback Brayden Cousino to Brady Watts – pushed the lead to 17-0 near the end of the first.
Yet another Jackson County three-and-out gave Watertown the ball again early in the second. Watts took a quick pitch from Cousino for an 8-yard touchdown and a 24-0 lead.
Watertown’s next drive stalled, but a Jackson County fumble on the first play of its drive was recovered by Cason and gave the Tigers the ball at the Blue Devils’ 29-yard line.
Three plays later, Isaac Finch caught a 12-yard touchdown pass that increased the Watertown lead to 31-0 with 5:45 left in the half.
Watertown got the ball back with less than two minutes left in the first half, and Webster decided to practice the hurry-up offense.
The Purple Tigers marched 77 yards in just four plays, capped off by Carter's 16-yard touchdown run, for a 38-0 lead at intermission.
The second half featured Purple Tiger reserves getting some playing time with a running clock.
Cason led the way with three carries for 125 yards and a touchdown -- all in the first half. Carter finished with 68 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.
Cousino completed 7-of-10 pass attempts for 101 yards and two scores. Finch had three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. Watts caught two passes for 11 yards and a score.
Austin Birdwell led Jackson County with 16 carries for 62 yards.
Watertown is scheduled to entertain Upperman (6-2) Friday, Oct. 23 in a non-region matchup and close out the regular season on the road against region foe East Robertson (2-6, 1-3) the following week.
Following an open week, Jackson County welcomes Trousdale County (7-2, 3-1) to Gainesboro Oct. 30 in the Blue Devils’ final regular-season game.