WHEELING, W.Va. – Williamstown erased a 20-0 deficit, blocked a potential game-winning extra point from St. Marys (13-1) and stuffed the Blue Devils’ two-point try at the end of the third-overtime – all of that combined to result in a football state championship for Williamstown (12-2), beating St. Marys 33-32 in triple-overtime.

A flurry of late-game dramatics in the Class A championship on Saturday night were the highlights of what had been a Super Six filled with two previous lop-sided games.

“I tell you what, that was really exciting,” said Williamstown coach Terry Smith. “St. Marys is just so good – their backs are so good, along with their line. Our guys just fought like crazy and hung in there. We were able to play one more play to last a little bit longer.”

That one play was a defensive stop of St. Marys running back Jeremy Pratt on a two-point conversion try up the middle that decided the final score and ultimate Class A state champion.

“That was awesome – our defensive line and linebackers did a great job on that play,” said Williamstown quarterback Dakota Watson. “We just stuffed them.”

Watson anchored the comeback for the Yellowjackets, finishing with 116 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also completed 4 of 12 passes for 73 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the win.

That touchdown pass came in the first possession of the third-overtime, a 27-yard strike to Hunter Neely which put Williamstown up 33-26 after the extra point.

“We didn’t really throw the ball a whole lot throughout the game,” Watson said. “But that was a play that worked against them in the last game and it worked again.”

Williamstown's Dakota Watson runs in for a touchdown against Saint Marys during the first half at Wheeling Island Stadium.

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Williamstown’s Dakota Watson runs in for a touchdown against St. Marys during the first half at Wheeling Island Stadium.

In the first overtime, Williamstown kept its championship hopes alive by blocking a potential game-winning extra point try from St. Marys that was low. The Blue Devils, who usually go for two-point conversions, opted for the extra point try and the win with the game tied at 26-26.

“On the block, I thought we got a little penetration but I didn’t know if that ball was going to go in anyway,” Smith said. “St. Marys hadn’t kicked in the two games previous. We didn’t know how that was going to be – we thought maybe they would line up and fake.”

“We have been practicing (extra points),” said St. Marys coach Jodi Mote. “I would have to look at the film, but obviously it didn’t work.”

Williamstown’s extra point attempt in the first overtime fell short. Neither team scored in the second overtime.

The Yellowjackets forced overtime by scoring 20 unanswered points. A critical play and momentum swing came at the beginning of the fourth quarter as St. Marys led 20-13 with the ball at the Williamstown five yardline.

On 2nd-and-goal from the five, Watson scooped up a Pratt fumble and returned it to the St. Marys 20 yardline where he was brought down by Pratt on a horse collar tackle.

Watson then left the game with a knee injury, but returned a few plays later on 4th-and-goal from the one, scoring the game-tying touchdown.

“I had no clue someone was behind me, I was just running and someone brought me down from behind,” Watson said of the fumble return. “But I knew I had to come back in and on that touchdown was great blocking by our offensive line.

“My knee was really sore initially – my knee cap sometimes moves out of place and pops back in,” he continued. “I’ve had this injury before, last year, so it wasn’t something that was new to me.”

Another key turnover for St. Marys came at the end of the first half. With under a minute to go St. Marys had the ball deep in its own territory – Williamstown forced a fumble and the ball popped into the air where Williamstown’s Darren Hastings snagged it and took the ball in for a touchdown, closing the Blue Devils’ lead to 20-13 just before the break.

St. Marys had all of the control early as the Blue Devils scored all of their regulation points in the first quarter.

 

Pratt opened up the scoring with a three-yard touchdown on the Blue Devils’ opening drive. Just two minutes later, quarterback Evan Illar connected with Bret Fetty for a 64-yard touchdown pass. St. Marys completed the quick start with an eight-yard touchdown run from Jason Allen three minutes later.

It was a heart-breaking way to lose for the Blue Devils, playing in their first football state championship game. St. Marys, by far, had the loudest – and largest – crowd of the entire Super Six.

“That’s just a tough loss,” Mote said. “But the kids have had a great year and you can’t say enough about the kids. It’s the first time in 101 years that we got to the championship and the environment says a lot about our fans and their fans. But that’s just a tough way to lose.”

It’s the second time in three years that the Class A final has gone into overtime. In 2012, Wahama defeated Madonna 43-42 on a successful two-point conversion at the end of the first extra session.

Overall, St. Marys outgained Williamstown in yardage, 320-201. Pratt rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown, while Corey Stewart added 78 yards and two touchdowns in the loss for the Blue Devils.

It’s the first football state championship for Williamstown since 2008.

“I talked about vindication before and I think we do things right,” Smith said. “We’ve had our ups and downs, but for the kids that hang in there, we’ll win. I’m not being cocky, but I think we’ve proven that we do things right.”

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Comments

  • WEST FAN

    can yo usay choke choke choke lol poor st marys how does it feel? greenbrier west had you guys up 14 points we should have won that game..you guys choke like always

    • olschoolRB

      yeah that might be but it wasnt G-west that we chocked on there bud

    • Tresa

      West Fan: I am not sure why you feel like you have to continuously bash St. Marys. It is really quite juvenile. Your team came to St. Marys and was beaten by a very good Blue Devil team. You have done nothing but bash the team since then. It has gotten rather old. Get over getting beat and move on.

    • Damon

      You mean like how West choked this year --5 times! You did nothing but offer up excuses all year long, then disappeared when West lost. Typical of you -- a 5-time loser who still has to attack others. And try to open a book on grammar, if you're able to read it.

    • Say What

      Awwww yessssss! The West fan Mike returns! We've missed you and your encrypted posts. I cannot wait until next season for you are quite entertaining, what with your expertise of butchering the English language. Please, feel free to make yourself heard this upcoming basketball season.Oh, and have a very Merry Christmas!

    • steve

      If West was up 14 and blew it, wouldn't that put them in the same category?

      • olschoolRB

        why yes it would steve

  • WEST FAN

    yes true they are mad lol west had st marys up 14 points also we gave them the game ..go williamstown lol

  • Outsider

    Agree with olschoolRB about horse colar call--looked clean. Ive played and been around football for over 25 yrs down south. St. Marys was up 20-0 then their coaches were coaching not to lose instead of to win. Feel sorry for those young men. Williamstown coaches adjusted on both sides of the ball and St. Marys coaches layed a load in their pants. Offensive and defensive play calling was horrific.

    • olschoolRB

      yeah the coaching for st marys is a joke they have had so much talent from 2005 on and all they do is coach us down when it matters sorry if some get sad but as they say the truth hurts ive said for years mote has to go or give up the play calling lets run on third and twenty lets set good players so we can play the name game

  • olschoolRB

    and i would fix your story dont run pratts name down by that bull call i dont know that kid but everyone there could see #31 we all know your not DIRTY!!!!!!! just a GREAT player

  • olschoolRB

    i went to a texas school with that being said st marys is a way better team then watsontown i was at the game the horse coller tackle you could see he had the jersey and williamstown fans chanting that was just stupid and showed what that town is all about true st marys turned the ball over a million times and there line was just getting pounded and the play calls when there stacking the box trying to run up the middle ST MARYS get a head guy who knows football not some town pet and maybe you be the champs over watson

    • Jackets Suck

      Olschool you must be another one of those imbreds from Williamstown

      • olschoolRB

        nope i live on mt carmel in mayberry so try again and alot of your players i have seen them grow and play from the pee-wee level so yeah

  • Proud Blue Devil

    @Jackets Suck: this is not good sportsmanship and not how SMHS acts. We are very proud of how far the Blue Devils have gone but we also congratulate the Yellow Jackets on their victory. It's people like you that give the rest of our town a bad name. We will always "Believe" in our Blue Devils and our support for them will never waiver!

    • Proud Blue Devil

      Let's not forget that even though we lost a football game, there is a young cheerleader without a family tonight. She is suffering more than losing a game would make a team feel. So please keep the Easton family in your prayers. Hopefully the football community can surround her with support off the field as well.

  • Chris

    "Jackets Suck" does not represent St. Marys.

    Congratulations, Williamstown. You all always seem to find ways to get the most out of your players when the chips are down, year after year. Dakota Watson is one gutsy player.

    Enjoy it -- here's to hoping for a rematch on the Island next year. High school football doesn't really get much better than that.

  • Say What

    @Jackets Suck: Boo hoo hoo, you little child. Stop grasping at straws. Willystown wanted it more when it counted. When it comes to the LKC, smash mouth football is everything and attire means nothing. Enjoy your new stadium in St. Marys next season, you pathetic infant.

  • Andy

    It's 'their' brainiac... Are you bitter? lol

    • Jackets Suck

      Andy you must be another genius from Scaget town

      • Football

        Hey "jackets suck". Does St Mary's still believe???

        • Tresa

          People need to understand what started out fans saying "We Believe" this year. It had nothing to do with believing we would go undefeated and win a state championship. What it began as was a rallying cry by our community that "we believed" that our coach would survive his stroke and that he would be able to recover from it. When Coach Mote suffered this stroke, it was uncertain if he would recover at all, let alone be back on the sidelines two short weeks later.
          We believe that these players, as well as the community, can overcome any obstacle that comes in front of them (as happened last week when these same young men had to deal with the lose of one of their classmates and friend.)
          As the season progressed, the motto started changing in meaning and the fans showed their support to a great bunch of guys by assuring them that "we believe" in them also.
          So, yes, we still believe. And we will always believe in our purple-wearing Blue Devils.
          We believe that this was a magical year at St. Marys High School and Imlay Field. It is one that all Blue Devil fans will always remember.
          We believe that those boys who strapped on their helmets every Friday and Saturday brought the Blue Devil nation together that far exceeded the border of small Pleasants County.
          We believe Coach Mote is teaching these boys how to be leaders on and off of the playing field.
          So, before you start making derogatory comments about "We Believe," you might want to think about what this saying means to our community. It is more than two words!

        • Jackets Suck

          Yes I believe SMHS is the better team. However we will see next year when Dakota graduates because there is no more talent coming out of Williamstown for a long time now that showed tonight lol

          • olschoolRB

            i side with you on watson and there whole team being around one player i hate that but there coaching is like a 1000 times what st marys has idc what you say its a fact look at what the wo head callers have done with there time even with st marys holding the all time best advantaged between the two teams just saying

  • Jackets Suck

    Not sure if the Jackets coaching staff is really that stupid to be wearing shorts on a night like tonight or if they were just wanting to look like idiots

  • A Football Fan

    I know it doesn't mean squat but Williamstown put me at 3-0 for my predictions for the super 6. I said that Capital and Bridgeport would win big and Williamstown would pull the upset! Congratulations to all 6 teams for making it to the WV state championship finals. Thanks for another great year of high school football!!

    • 25111

      Wow!! Great game. A shame someone had to lose. Regarding the horse collar. It definately was that nothing more no intent. That was all he could grab to keep Dakota from scoring.willy will always be in the conversation next year reagardless of graduation. Great coaching and offseason keeps this program going.

      • bohdi

        doing things right? opinion I guess. To me yes in many aspects. results can not deny. running a QB 41 times for 116 yards while RB's run a few. NO. Extremely offbalanced approach, 1 man injured or quits,then what? But Great Job, Just like to see a little better diversity. Congrats....

  • ahud

    I played for Williamstown 40 years ago. proud of our guys and proud of St. Marys. It was our big game then and still is. Both teams had a stellar year. Keep up the great work.

  • Ryan

    It was remarkable how well officiated the game was tonight. Kudos to this outstanding crew as the were very professional.

  • Heart shot

    Two LKC rivals 17 miles apart they both left it all on the field great game great conference

  • Football momma

    Both teams played like winners! What a GREAT way to end the 2014 football season! Best super 6 game in years!

    • WEST FAN

      thats funny where you at st marys fan lol go west lol we still the best at least st marys never won the title lol told you you guys will no twin

      • Damon

        You're the best at what? Poor grammar? You really are a pathetic excuse for a human being (if that's what you are). St. Marys may have lost the title, but they beat West.

        • steve

          choke lol