Everett’s fourth-down calls initiate big plays
EVERETT – Everett coach Mark Kirk and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien have something in common other than the fact that they are both football coaches.
Both like to go for it on fourth down.
Kirk and his Warrior squad actually call it the Coach BOB, and the BOB call came up big not once but twice on fourth down with the home squad hovering around midfield both times.
The conversions on fourth down, coupled with the tough Warrior defense shutting down Williamsburg twice on fourth and short deep in Everett territory helped key the Warriors to a 28-19 Inter-County Conference interdivisional win over the previously unbeaten Blue Pirates on Friday night at Everett Warrior Stadium.
“That’s what we call Coach BOB football [going for it on fourth down],” Kirk said. “We call it that because of Penn State’s Coach BOB football. That’s a pretty basic pattern that we run out of that set. Fortunately, it worked a couple of times for us tonight.”
Everett (2-2 overall) jumped on the board on the first possession of the game as it marched 63 yards in 12 plays before Austin Karns plowed in from a yard out at 6:36 of the first quarter.
On a drive that ended the first and started the second, Williamsburg moved the ball downfield in nine plays before facing a fourth-and-1 from the Everett 18. However, Caleb Morrissey was stopped for no gain by Everett.
“In the first half, we had some opportunities but we couldn’t take advantage of them,” Williamsburg coach Bob Hearn said. “They [Everett] were able to drive the ball on us and chew the clock up. We didn’t get very many offensive possessions. We had a couple of fourth-and-1 chances that we couldn’t convert that really hurt us throughout.”
The Warrior defense sparked the offense as they milked the clock with a 16-play, 88-yard drive that saw them convert on a fourth-and-8 from their own 48 when quarterback Trevon Ward threw a screen pass to Jacob Jay who picked up nine on the play before rumbling 28 yards on the next play. Jay capped off the nearly nine-minute drive with a 7-yard TD run with just 54 seconds left before the break.
The Warriors had their ground game going in the first two quarters as they amassed 153 yards but also opened the running by being able to pass for 62 yards.
Williamsburg (3-1), despite being down 14-0 at the half, came out focused as Mike Biddle, who got behind the defense, hauled in a 28-yard scoring strike from QB Austin McMonagle on their opening drive.
Two Everett chances later, Ward fumbled when he was hit for an 18-yard loss. Blue Pirate defensive lineman Cody Palmer scooped it up and raced 68-yards for a score. McMonagle’s extra point was too low, but WHS had climbed back to within one point (14-13) at the 6:08 point of the third.
“I thought our kids, in the second half, came out and, being down 14-0, I thought came back and played hard,” Heard said. “They put us back in the ballgame with some nice plays.”
On its ensuing possession, Everett was faced with a fourth-and-3 at midfield. Kirk called the Coach BOB set again and the gamble paid off as Kyle Sheaffer ran for nine yards. Four plays after that, it was fourth-and-2 at the Williamsburg 33 and Jay came up big with a 19-yard run to the 4. Karns needed just one chance after to increase the Warrior lead to 21-13.
“A couple of their skill players are really good, really athletic and can make plays out in space – that’s what they did,” Hearn said. “They converted the fourth downs when they were in a lot longer situations than we were in. That was part of the big difference that they were able to do that while we struggled there.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg 0 0 13 6 – 19
Everett 7 7 7 7 – 28
E-Karns 1 run (Steed kick), 6:36.
E-Jay 7 run (Steed kick), 54.0.
W-Biddle 28 pass from McMonagle (McMonagle kick), 9:25.
W-Palmer 68 fumble return (kick failed), 6:08.
E-Karn 4 run (Steed kick), 1:35.
E-Donelson 50 pass from Ward (Steed kick), 4:37.
W-Young 23 pass from McMonagle (pass failed), 25.0.
RUSHING: Williamsburg-McMonagle 14-33, Biddle 11-63, Morrissey 3-5, Shaw 3-3. Everett-Karns 13-48, Jay 14-119, Sheaffer 10-40, Ward 10-1, TEAM 1-(-1).
PASSING: Williamsburg-McMonagle 11-18-1-148. Everett-Ward 8-11-0-156, TEAM 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Williamsburg-Morrissey 3-27, Young 3-39, Shaw 2-7, Biddle 3-75. Everett-Karns 1-2, Jay 1-9, Sheaffer 3-56, Donelson 3-89.
INTERCEPTIONS: Williamsburg-None. Everett-Cogan.
TEAM STATISTICS W E
First downs 11 16
Rushes-yards 31-105 48-207
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 11-18-1 8-12-0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 5-3
Penalties-yards 3-15 7-55
Punts-avg. 2-35.5 3-28.7