By David Rogers. September 8, 2017. BOONE, NC — Watauga’s Pioneers scored early and often Friday night at Jack Groce Stadium, ending up with a decisive, 50-26 (non-conference) win over Wilkes Central.
COVER IMAGE: QB Anderson Castle scores one of his 3 TDs on the night. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News.
Watauga rolled up 453 yards of total offense on the evening, 446 of it on the ground. The Pioneers’ trio of super sophs, quarterback Anderson Castle (17 carries, 168 yards, 3 TDs), running back Bryce Satterfield (23 carries, 109 yards, 3 TDs) and wingback Jaidon Bond (5 carries, 101 yards) did most of the damage, although senior wingback/reserve QB Jackson Greene was impressive with 3 carries and 42 yards.
Junior outside linebacker Eli Suggs led the Pioneers’ defensive effort with 5 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Impressively, Watauga’s offense was its best defense. The Pioneers dominated time of possession, 31:33 vs. 16:25 for the Eagles.
Turnovers were also Wilkes Central’s undoing. The Eagles fumbled four times, losing two of them.
Friday’s final tally could have been even more lopsided without the Pioneers’ 11 penalties, which accounted for 75 yards in lost real estate at the most untimely of moments.
For Wilkes Central, QB Skylar Brooks completed 7-of-8 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. Running back Tyler Boles carried the ball 9 times for 45 yards rushing.
Watauga has a week off before hosting South Caldwell in the season’s first Northwestern Conference game for the Pioneers, September 22.