WILLISTON-ELKO 62, WAGENER-SALLEY 40
WILLISTON — Friday night’s region battle between Williston-Elko (4-2, 2-0 Region 4-A) and Wagener-Salley (4-2, 1-1 Region 4-A) started out promising for the War Eagles, but everything changed with 1:28 left in the first half. At that point Antonio Coleman scored a rushing touchdown to cut the Wagener-Salley’s lead to four, and the Blue Devils never looked back from then on rushing the ball at will en route to a 62-40 victory.
Wagener-Salley jumped out to a 20-8 lead on Williston-Elko, but Coleman’s touchdown just before the half turned out to be a catalyst for a run of 36 unanswered points. Coleman finished the night with 171 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
“We hadn’t had Antonio for a couple of weeks now. It was good to finally get him back a little bit healthy,” Williston Elko coach Dwayne Garrick said. “He’s a spark plug in there, and he can tote it for us. He’s just a good player.”
Coleman wasn’t the only Blue Devils’ runningback to have a big game on the ground. All eight of Williston-Elko’s touchdown’s came on the ground. Faheem Richburg and Andrew Milligan each had two of their own. Milligan also eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark with 115 total yards on the ground.
“Like I said earlier this week, Williston has one of the best offensive lines in Class A football,” Wagener-Salley head coach Ken Tucker said after the game. “They definitely showed it there in the second half tonight.”
The Blue Devils offensive line was anchored by Clemson commit Taylor Hearn, who briefly went to the sideline in the second quarter and with what appeared to be an injury.
Despite the offensive onslaught, Garrick said his team still needs to improve. The Blue Devils gave up big plays in the passing game. Malcolm Stroman threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns, including three to R.J Tyler. Stroman also rushed for a 73 yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Tyler finished with 186 receiving yards.
“We gave up way to many points,” Garrick said. “I hope (my team) learns to play from the first play. We didn’t play well in the first half, so I hope from now on they get ready to play from the first snap and go from there.”
The win put Williston-Elko in a good position in the region, with two wins under their belt heading into next weeks matchup against a hot Fox Creek team that has started 4-1. Wagener-Salley will be at home to take on North next week, and Tucker knows the rest of the games are big for his team.
“Fox Creek, Ridge Spring and H-K-T have great football teams,” Tucker said of his region foes. “We just have to regroup this week and get better going forward. We have to play well in those three games to have a chance in the region.”
WE 0 16 30 16—62
WS 14 6 6 — 14
WS — Malcolm Stroman 73 run (kick failed)
WS — Stroman 51 pass to R.J. Tyler (2-point conversion run good)
WE — Faheem Richburg 3 run (2-point conversion run good)
WS — Stroman 49 pass to Bobby Chavis (kick failed)
WE — Antonio Coleman 5 run, (2-point conversion pass good)
WE — Richburg 5 run (2-point conversion run good)
WE — Coleman 3 run (2-point conversion run failed)
WE — Andrew Milligan 4 run (2-point conversion pass good)
WE — Coleman 3 run (2-point conversion pass good)
WS — Stroman 55 pass to Tyler (2-point conversion pass failed)
WS — Poncho Williamson 75 fumble return (2-point conversion pass good)
WE — Milligan 20 run (2-point conversion run good)
WS — Stroman 44 pass to Tyler (2-point conversion run failed)
WE — Coleman 19 run (2-point conversion run good)
WE — Coleman 18-171 4 TDs, Milligan 17-115 2TD, Wright 3-74, Richburg 5-23 2TD, Fagan 2-14, Mundy 1-(-10)
WS — Corley 13-71, Stroman 15-86 1TD
WE — Dalton Mundy 5-9 32
WS — Stroman 12-28-281 4TDs
WE — Sapp 1-15, Richburg 2-12, Owens 1-5, Milligan 1-2
WS — Tyler 6-186 3TDs, Chavis 4-60 1TD, Jalonzio Tyler 3-35