CLAYSBURG - Williamsburg handed Claysburg-Kimmel its first points of the 2013 season when a punt attempt deep in their own territory sailed over the head of punter Austin McMonagle and out the back of the end zone for a safety.
That was all the Blue Pirates allowed for the duration as their defense bent but didn't break and they got all their points on big plays in notching an opening night 18-2 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night in Inter-County Conference Silver Division action at Bulldog Stadium.
"We knew we would have a pretty good defense. I can't speak enough about them," Williamsburg coach Bob Hearn said. "They would bend but not break. They [Claysburg] would drive, and drive, and drive, and when we needed a big play, we really came up with the big plays."
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
Claysburg-Kimmel quarterback Conner Brown is brought down by Williamsburg’s Mike Biddle during Friday’s ICC Silver matchup.
"[We didn't play] the way I felt we prepared for all week. I thought we were prepared - we had a good week of practice," Claysburg-Kimmel first year coach Gabe Walter said. "We've got to figure out what kind of team we're going to be. That's the question I asked my guys [after the game]. That's the question they're going to have to answer within themselves individually and as a team."
The WHS defense, despite giving up 115 yards on the ground to Claysburg senior Alex Pant, denied the Bulldogs every time they got a drive started.
C-K's offense, thanks to the Pirate 'D', stalled twice in the redzone in the first quarter alone, had one pass intercepted, had a promising 12-play, 64-yard drive falter at the Blue Pirates 22 and a late-game 16-play, 50-yarder stopped in the fourth.
While the defense did its part to keep from giving up any points, the offense used big plays to put points on the scoreboard.
McMonagle's interception of Claysburg-Kimmel quarterback Conner Brown set up the first score as he led his squad on a six-play, 93-yard drive capped off by a 65-yard strike to Tyler Shaw on a slant pattern that put the Blue Pirates up for good at 6-2.
"I actually got burnt on that play and I was just lucky the kid [Brown] underthrew it," McMonagle said of his interception. "When I turned the ball was right there and I pretty much had to make the play When they get down on your side of the field, you just have to make good plays."
The defense stopped the Bulldogs on downs on the ensuing possession, and then struck again as the senior signal caller hooked up with Mike Biddle on a 39-yard screen pass on a fourth-and-5 that the Bulldogs were unable to stop despite their coaches yelling out that it was coming.
"That screen [Williamsburg ran], we have written on the board - it's not a surprise," Walter said. "We prepared them for that play. That play should have never gotten much ground let alone wound up in the end zone."
Pant carried 12 times for 80 yards after the break as he provided the only offensive punch for Claysburg.
Williamsburg's Bryce Young finished off the scoring with a defensive touchdown with no time remaining in the game when he scooped up Brown's fumble and rumbled 32 yards to pay dirt to set the final.
"I knew going into the season that we would have some opportunities to make some big plays," Hearn said. "You have to take advantage of those when they come along. Our kids did - they made the big plays when we needed to."
The two teams, just like last year, will meet twice this year with the second meeting taking place in Williamsburg on Friday, Oct. 11.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg0 12 0 6 - 18
Claysburg-Kimmel2 0 0 0 - 2
CK-Safety, ball went out back of end zone, 1:14.
W-McMonagle 65 pass to Shaw, 9:07.
W-McMonagle 39 pass to Biddle, 2:16.
W-Young 32 fumble return, 0.0
RUSHING: Williamsburg-Biddle 8-26, Young 1-4, McMonagle 11-45, Shaw 2-2, Morrissey 2-0 Claysburg-Kimmel-Johnson 11-45, Imgrund 9-27, Pant 21-115, Brown 13-(-25), Cerully 1-6.
PASSING: Williamsburg-McMonagle 7-14-1-119. Claysburg-Kimmel-Brown 1-5-1-1.
RECEIVING: Williamsburg-Biddle 3-52, Shaw 1-65, Lower 1-2, Young 1-2, Morrissey 1-(-2). Claysburg-Kimmel-Cerully 1-1
INTERCEPTIONS: Williamsburg-McMonagle. Claysburg-Kimmel-Brown.