Williams Field used perhaps the perfect formula to complete its perfect regular season.
The Black Hawks got big plays offensively, pressured the quarterback and had a balanced attack Friday in beating Aracdia, 49-21, in a 4A-II East Sky Region game.
Top-ranked Williams Field (10-0, 7-0) made it look easy, opening a 42-0 lead before the reserves for both teams took over in the fourth quarter.
“We did get what we wanted, but the path we took was not exactly how we want to do things,” Williams Field coach Steve Campbell said. “We know we need more focus.”
The Black Hawks’ offense was on target throughout the first half. Williams Field ran just 17 plays and had the ball for only 5:06 but still managed a 21-0 halftime advantage.
After the teams traded turnovers on their initial possessions, Williams Field’s Alex Howard started the scoring with a 96-yard run. On the Black Hawks’ next series, Tom Ross hit Tim Butticci for a 76-yard scoring pass. And about three minutes later, Howard scored again on a 48-yard run.
Howard gained 179 yards of his game-high 208 yards rushing in the first half. For the game, Williams Field had 230 yards rushing and passing.
“We know we can move the ball,” said Ross, who completed 10 of 16 attempts and a pair of scores. “Unfortunately, we had the balance on offense because of the penalties. We kept moving back so we had to pass.”
The hosts went up 28-0 on their first series of the second half, moving 82 yards in nine plays. The 5-plus-minute drive finished with a 3-yard pass from Ross to J.D. Layton. The Black Hawks overcame five penalties on the drive, and for the game had 13 penalties for 105 yards.
“It’s not good we had the penalties, but at least we were able to overcome them and convert,” Campbell said.
Williams Field put the game well out of reach as it scored on its next two possessions, first on a 4-yard run by Colbe Smelser and then following an Arcadia fumble, on a 2-yard run by Kenny Mitchell.
Despite controlling the ball for more than 18 minutes of the first half, Arcadia (6-4, 3-4), never got closer than the Black Hawks’ 24-yard-line. The Titans gained just 107 first-half yards and added only seven more in the third quarter. Quarterback Cole Richardson was sacked four times in the first half.
“To get a shutout for three quarters is a good job for us,” Campbell said. “At halftime we cleaned some things up.”
The Titans broke the shutout on a 16-yard fourth-quarter pass from Payson Kendle to Ryan Bollinger with 5:30 remaining.
Mitchell returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a score, and on Arcadia’s next play, Kendle connected with Justice Means on a 78-yard scoring pass to cap a wild 53-second span of action.
Arcadia completed the scoring on a 7-yard run by Marty Chavez.
Williams Field now sets its sights on the postseason in hopes of doing better than last year’s first-round loss.
“Last year we were pretty banged up and tired,” Ross said. “This year we haven’t had that many close games so we got some rest. I think we know you have to concentrate on the little things to win.”