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Pioneers stampede past Huskies, 56-7

Anderson Castle (7) runs for the gap.

By David Rogers. August 30, 2019. WEST JEFFERSON, NC — As regional rivalry games go, Friday night’s High Country matchup between Watauga’s Pioneers and Ashe County’s Huskies was almost over before it got started. The Pioneers put the pedal to the metal right from the get-go, scoring early and often, and never let up in the 56-7 whipping — and it wasn’t even that close.

COVER IMAGE: Watauga’s cheerleaders point the team to the sideline with what has become a Pioneer tradition of blasting through a large sign. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

“Mr. Goal Line, I only have eyes for you,” says Bryce Satterfield (22, center)

If anything, you can say that the Pioneers were consistent. They scored 14 points in each of the four quarters of play, even the final one with the “mercy rule” in effect and the clock not stopping for anything.

The Pioneers’ three-headed offensive juggernaut evolved as at least four-headed in this contest, and arguably five-headed. Watauga’s trio of senior playmakers had their usual strong performances: Quarterback Anderson Castle (21 carries for 168 yards and 3 TDs), Wingback Jaiden Bond (8-84 rushing, 1-16 receiving), and Bryce Satterfield (12-67, 3 TDs).

Keys to the Game

  • Time of Possession was pretty even, but Watauga scored fast and almost at will with its punishing ground attack (480 yards rushing)
  • Watauga’s defense limited the Huskies to just 168 total yards of offense
  • Anderson Castle directed an efficient Watauga offense, individually leading all ball carriers with 168 yards on 21 rushes
  • Watauga junior Sebastian Best averaged 22.2 yards per carry in amassing 111 yards on 5 carries, including two TDs.

But on this night they were joined by junior wingback Sebastian Best (5 carries-111 yards, 2 TDs). Even senior wingack Grant Oliver got in on the fun with a 50-yard romp through the middle of the Ashe County defense before being chased down just short of the goal line, at the Ashe County five-yard line.

Best also made his mark on defense with an interception midway through the second quarter, at the Pioneers’ 36-yard line.

Ashe County had few moments, but junior quarterback Dawson Cox, at 6-4, 175 lbs., showed promise as an athletic pocket passer — with an arm.

Nearing the end of the second quarter, Cox teamed up with sophomore wide receiver Kaden Burgess on a 39-yard pass play that set up a 3-yard touchdown run by junior running back Timothy Peterson. Midway through the third quarter, he directed what was arguably the Huskies’ most impressive offensive series, with consecutive pass completions of 16, 14, and 8 yards to junior WR Austin Poe and sophomore WR Thomas Ballard.

Jaiden Bond (21) takes an Anderson Castle (7) pitchout for a hefty gain up the sideline.

The drive stalled at the Watauga 27 yard line, however, and facing a 42-7 deficit, the Huskies gambled on 4th and 11 — and lost, turning the ball over on downs to the Pioneers. With a running clock and Watauga’s rushing offense that controlled possession, Ashe County’s rally opportunities pretty much vanished.

Watauga’s student section was enthusiastic with a “white out”

Next up for Watauga is another road game, this one at 4A powerhouse Ronald Reagan High School of Pfafftown, NC, a suburb of Winston-Salem. The Raiders are expected to test the Pioneers’ defense after shutting out North Forsyth on Friday, 42-0. Game time in Pfafftown next Friday is slated for 7:30 pm.

Things don’t get any easier for Ashe County either, hosting Lenoir-Hibriten, 42-12 winners over Hickory Friday night.

  • The Blowing Rock Newshound Offensive Player of the Game: Sebastian Best (5 carries, 111 yards [22.2 avg], 2 TDs)
  • The Blowing Rock Newshound Defensive Player of the Game: Jake Gragg (4.5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss)
  • The Blowing Rock Newshound Special Teams Player of the Game: Carter Everett (8-of-8 in kicking extra points)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Thanks to Jonathan Watson of WHS for providing game statistics


  • Q1 — WAT: Bryce Satterfield, 1-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)
  • Q1 — WAT: Bryce Satterfield, 1-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)
  • Q2 — WAT: Anderson Castle, 1-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)
  • Q2 — WAT: Anderson Castle, 1-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)
  • Q2 — AC: Timothy Peterson, 3-yard run (Timothy Peterson PAT)
  • Q3 — WAT: Bryce Satterfield, 5-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)
  • Q3 — WAT: Anderson Castle, 3-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)
  • Q4 — WAT: Sebastian Best, 5-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)
  • Q4 — WAT: Sebastian Best, 80-yard run (Carter Everett PAT)


  • Total Offense: Watauga 496, Ashe 168
  • Passing Yards: Watauga 16, Ashe 135
  • Rushing Yards: Watauga 480, Ashe 33
  • Penalties: Watauga 6-60, Ashe 3-35
  • Turnovers:
    • Fumbles-Lost: Watauga 1-0, Ashe 0-0
    • Interceptions Thrown: Watauga 0, Ashe 1
  • Defensive Sacks: Watauga 3, Ashe 0
  • Time of Possession: Watauga 24:44, Ashe 23:06
  • Third Down Conversions: Watauga 4-of-6 (67%), Ashe 0-of-7 (0%)
  • Fourth Down Conversions: Watauga 2-of-2 (100%), Ashe 1-of-4 (25%)


  • Passing (completions-attempts-yards-TDs-INTs)
    • WAT – Anderson Castle 1-3-16-0-0
    • AC – Dawson Cox 13-26-135-0-1
  • Rushing (carries-yards-TDs)
    • WAT – Anderson Castle 21-168-3
    • WAT – Sebastian Best 5-111-2
    • WAT – Jaiden Bond 8-84-0
    • WAT – Bryce Satterfield 12-67-3
    • AC – Timothy Peterson 10-55-1
    • WAT – Grant Oliver 1-50-0
  • Receiving (receptions-yards-TDs)
    • AC – Kaden Burgess 3-46-0
    • AC – Austin Poe 3-37-0
    • AC – Timoth Peterson 3-20-0
    • WAT – Jaiden Bond 1-16-0
    • AC – Thomas Ballard 1-14-0
    • AC – Boen Crouse 1-12-0
    • Jake Gragg — 4.5 tackles (3 solo), 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss
    • Jake Watson — 4 tackles (2 solo)
    • Jayden Robbins — 3.5 tackles (3 solo), 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss
    • Joe Penley — 3 tackles (2 solo)
    • Lucas Towle — 2.5 tackles (1 solo)
    • Grant Oliver — 2 tackles (1 solo)
    • Orlando Leon — 2 tackles (1 solo)
    • Isaiah Shirley — 2 tackles (2 solo)
    • Eli Towle — 2 tackles (1 solo), 1 tackle for loss
    • Sebastian Best — 1.5 tackles (1 solo), 1 INT


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