Saturday, November 5, 2005
By Jerome Michaels
The Braves from Williamstown has proven game after game that they could run the ball against any defense. They have been successful all season long with that philosophy as their undefeated record is proof of their success. Traveling to Deptford participating in a Tri-County Conference Royal Division game, Williamstown were unsuccessful scoring a rushing touchdown against the Spartans but would go to the passing game and surprise their opponent twice with touchdowns. The Braves defense would prevent Deptford from tying this game with time expiring and preserve their undefeated record by defeating the Spartans 14-7.
Right at the start of this game, it was clear that this game would be decided between the tackles. Both offenses have demonstrated their ability to run the ball with success. Fullback Ryan Leafey, Brandon Williams and quarterback Sheldon Johnson are just a few of the offensive weapons that have led the Spartans to a successful season so far. Williamstown could counter that offensive threat with Justin Jasper, Tairi Mobley and quarterback Mark Masterson calling the plays. Surprisingly, it would be a 51-yard touchdown reception that put the first points on the scoreboard. Mobley came out of the backfield and got free down the sideline on a 2nd and 21. He would catch the ball in stride around the 25-yard line, shake his defender and run the rest of the way. That 7-0 lead in the first quarter was big as the defenses took over. Williamstown would lead at the break but knew it takes two halves to win a game.
Deptford began to be successful with their power running game up the middle of the defense. Leafey was a player determined to make the best of the wholes provided by the offensive line. With 7:38 remaining in the third quarter, Leafey would score from the 15-yard line and this game would be all even at 7-7. From that point on, the conditioning of these players would not play into the results of this game as both sidelines and the fans were ready for the final quarter.
Back and forth the two teams went looking to be rewarded with good field position to set up the possible game winning drive. Williamstown would be that team moving deep into Spartan territory with Masterson keeping the ball and picking up a key first down. Two plays later, Bill Mitchell positioned himself in the back of the endzone when the low pass was caught giving the Braves a 14-7 lead with just 1:36 remaining in the game. With no timeouts and the Spartans drive deep into Williamstown end of the field, the hurry up offense just could not get that game tying score with the ball inside the 10-yard line. The Braves defense would come up big at the end.