Saturday, September 23, 2006
By Clark Washington
For nearly the entire four quarters of Williamstown's football game at Highland, the defense had an answer in stopping the Tartans from scoring any points. The Braves would build a ten point advantage with less than a minute remaining and it appeared as if they would pick up their second win in a row. But a touchdown reception and the recovery of an onside kick setup Highland's last chance drive and attempt to pull out a victory at home. Williamstown's defense would come up big again with an interception and run off the final seconds of the game. With their 10-7 win, the Braves will remain on top of the Tri-County Conference Royal Division.
It was evident that both teams wanted to run the ball as much as they could, trying to establish a running game and exploit the defense. Neither team would be able to move the ball deep into their opponent’s territory. That fact held true up until a costly turnover gave the Braves excellent field position late in the first quarter. Williamstown will finish off their first scoring drive early in the second quarter on a running play. Askia Jahad ran the ball straight up the middle for a touchdown with 11:07 remaining in the half. Joe Ammarelli would connect on a 18-yard field goal to give the Braves a 10-0 lead at intermission.
Highland started out the second half with runningback Ahmad Covington lined up in the quarterback position and running the ball with success. The Tartans started their drive from their own 18-yard line and ended up deep into the Braves’ territory. That drive would last over eight minutes and a third down play came up short and so did their field goal attempt that sailed wide left. That didn’t stop Highland from finally scoring late in the final quarter when quarterback Tedd Teschner connected Covington on a 38 yard touchdown reception. With the extra point good, the Tartans trailed by three points with 44 seconds remaining. Highland would execute their onside kick with success and the Tartans were setup to try and win this game. That’s when Nick DiBacco interception ended any hopes of a come from behind victory.