What looked early on to be another defensive struggle between two teams that gave up just 10 combined points in Week 1 turned out to be a game of which team would come up with one more big play.
In the end, Williams Field’s offense provided enough big plays as the No. 4 Black Hawks (2-0) came away with a 32-21 road victory over Mesquite (1-1) in a nondivisional game Friday.
“They run a defense where they’re blitzing guys and pressuring every play,” Williams Field coach Steve Campbell said. “That’s what we told our guys; we’ve got to keep a level head and understand we’re going to have some plays that are for one or two or zero (yards) type thing, but we’ve got to capitalize when we’ve got the opportunity to make a big play.”
Black Hawk quarterback Jeddediah Fagg got off to a slow start before a bit of luck went his way.
Williams Field was backed up to its own 1-yard line, Fagg dropped back and threw up a desperation pass right before it appeared he was about to be sacked in the end zone. A Mesquite defender tipped the pass, but was unable to knock it down and the ball ended up in the Nick Adamcik’s hands. Adamcik ran 99 yards for the touchdown.
“I just stay in the pocket; I was just throwing the ball like I always do,” Fagg said.
The touchdown gave Williams Field 10-7 lead; a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the game although Mesquite rallied to nearly tie it in the fourth quarter.
Nolan Tondreau caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Payton Haslam to cut the Black Hawks’ lead to 22-20 after score, but the Wildcats elected to kick the point after rather than go for the two-point conversion. The kick cut the lead to 22-21, but it was the closest Mesquite would get the rest of the game.
“Once we got kind of backed up and put them in a little bit more of passing situations, then we took advantage of that a little more,” Campbell said.
Williams Field’s defense and offense each came up with big plays at the end of the game to seal the win. The defense caused Mesquite to fumble and lose the ball on the first play after the Wildcats forced a three-and-out and trailed 25-22.
On the first play after the fumble recovery, Josh Page ran 42 yards before being tackled at the Mesquite 1-yard line. Kyle Gill punched it in the next play to put the game to rest.
“We’ve had a definitely interesting schedule up to this point,” Campbell said. “Last week we had the four hour drive…this week we come back down to a wet field against an up-and-coming program.”
“I’m happy to walk away from these two games with two wins because I definitely think that it puts us in a good position.”
Williams Field 32, Mesquite 21
First Downs: WF 5, Mesq 17
Rushing: WF 28-98, Mesq 27-69
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): WF 5-12-2-0, Mesq 26-41-3-1
Fumbles-lost: WF 1-1, Mesq 1-1
Penalties-yards: WF 7-45, Mesq 9-45
Williams Field 3 13 6 10 -- 32
Mesquite 0 7 7 7 -- 21
WF: Ruiz 50 FG
Mesq.: Perry 38 pass from Haslam (James kick)
WF: Page 27 run (Ruiz kick)
WF: Adamcik 99 pass from Fagg (kick failed)
WF: Owens 57 pass from Fagg (kick failed)
Mesq.: Tondreau 23 pass from Haslam (James kick)
Mesq.: Tondreau 5 pass from Haslam (James kick)
WF: Ruiz 24 FG
WF: Gill 1 run (Ruiz kick)