Williston-Elko Blue Devils explode in second half
WILLISTON-ELKO 38, RS-M 25
WILLISTON — Williston-Elko High School dominated the second half on Friday night en route to winning their fifth-straight region game, improving to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in region play with a 38-25 victory over the visiting Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta. The Trojans fall to an even 4-4 for the season and are now 1-3 in region action.
The game was ultimately decided with six minutes left in regulation when Williston-Elko, up by just five points, had the ball around their own 12-yard line. Dalton Mundy’s pass on a first-and-10 play was intercepted by Craig Burton and returned eight yards. But a flag was thrown during the play; a costly pass-interference on the Trojans which gave the ball back to the Blue Devils with just one yard to go for a first down.
Antonio Coleman would convert the first down on the very next play, extending the drive for Williston-Elko, which went on to score the game-clinching touchdown after burning nearly four minutes off the game clock.
Despite the miscue on defense for the Trojans, RSM had little trouble keeping up with the Blue Devils for much of the game despite being without normal starting quarterback Reggie Preston. Fellow senior Sam Bedenbaugh took over play calling duties, but faltered down the stretch as he failed to complete six of his final eight passes and was sacked twice in the closing minutes but still managed to finish with 131 passing yards off a 10-22 outing that included two touchdowns and one interception.
The Trojans’ go-to work horse, Travious Wigfall, proved once again to be one of the best and toughest players in the area as he racked up 238 total yards including 127 yards rushing off 19 carries, 88 yards in returns and 23 receiving. The senior running back/linebacker accounted for four touchdowns on the night and was in on several tackles.
On the other side of the field, Williston-Elko was led by Mundy’s 159 passing yards off an 11-16 performance that included one touchdown and passing to complete two two-point conversions. Mundy did well to spread the ball around as he targeted seven different receivers at least once.
Coleman ended the night for the Blue Devils with 71 yards on the ground off 18 carries and added another 23 yards in returns.
RSM 0 13 6 6 – 25
WEHS 8 0 14 16 – 38
WEHS 6-0 (9:33) - Dalton Mundy 52-yard TD pass to Marcell Wright (Taylor Hearn PAT No Good)
WEHS 8-0 (4:50) - T. Hearn sacks Samuel Bedenbaugh for 13 yard loss in end zone for a safety
RSM 7-8 (9:16) - Travious Wigfall rushes 25 yards for TD (Carlos Fernandez PAT Good)
RSM 13-8 (:35) - S. Bedenbaugh passes 19 yards to Wigfall for a TD (Fernandez PAT Blocked)
WEHS 14-13 (10:22) - Trimayne Whetstone returns interception of S. Bedenbaugh 20 yards for TD (2-pt. conv. failed)
RSM 19-14 (9:43) - T. Wigfall 9-yard rush for TD (Fernandez PAT Missed)
WEHS 22-19 (5:39) - Antonio Coleman 6-yard rush for TD (Mundy pass to Faheem Richburg to convert 2-pt. conv.)
WEHS 30-19 (11:56) - Christian Sapp 1-yard rush for TD (Coleman rushes 3 yards to convert 2-pt conv.)
RSM 25-30 (6:10) - S. Bedenbaugh passes 4 yards to T. Wigfall for TD (2-pt. conv. failed)
WEHS 38-25 (2:09) - Sapp rushes 43 yards for TD (Mundy 3-yard pass to Laurence Phoniex to convert 2-pt. conv.)
RSM - S. Bedenbaugh (10-22, 131 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT)
WEHS - D. Mundy (11-16, 159 yds, 1 TD)
RSM - T. Wigfall (127 yds, 19 carries, 2 TD)
WEHS - A. Coleman (71 yds, 18 carries, 1 TD)
RSM - J. Gibson (46 yds, 2 catches)
RSM - T. Wigfall (23 yds, 2 catches, 2 TD)
WEHS - L. Phoniex (35 yds, 2 rec.)
WEHS - M. Wright (52 yds, 1 rec, 1 TD)