Pirates pillage C-K on road
CLAYSBURG — One injury-plagued team started to get healthy while the other continued to suffer through missing several starters, as Williamsburg put on an offensive display against Claysburg-Kimmel on a brisk Friday night from Bulldog Stadium, claiming a 42-0 victory.
The Bulldogs and Blue Pirates have dealt with smaller squads for the majority of the season as players have continuously been sidelined with injuries each week. However, a more healthy Williamsburg was up to thechallenge.
The run game was the primary outlet, as the Blue Pirates totaled more than 200 yards. Quarterback Lambert Palmer was also effective, tossing three TDF passes, two of which were more than 25 yards.
Play of the game: The Williamsburg offense went big on two consecutive plays to close out one drive and to start its next drive. Palmer threw a deep ball to Caymen Hughes for a touchdown in tight coverage. He went deep again the next time he had the ball, completing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jahmarea Wansley.
Player of the game: Palmer threw for 162 yards on 16 attempts. He had 3 consecutive passes downfield of 27, 45 and 41 yards. He was accurate and beat good coverage by the Bulldogs on a handful of plays.
Unsung hero: The Williamsburg defensive line was ever-present in the Claysburg backfield and did not allow the Bulldog offense to get any momentum throughout the night. While there were no sacks, there were several tackles-for-loss.
Most vital statistics: Claysburg was stopped on the ground for a 1-yard gain or less 11 times by the Williamsburg front line. …Williamsburg only allowed Bulldog quarterback Caleb Oakes to complete two of his 14 pass attempts.
Williamsburg coach Ryan Hileman: “To be honest, we’re finally healthy. We’ve struggled all year — we haven’t been healthy since week one. We’re finally healthy so we wanted to take our shots when we could because we felt we had good matchups on the outside. Playing the rough slate at the beginning of the year, we weathered that, knowing that eventually our schedule was going to break.”
Claysburg-Kimmel coach Matt Bilchak: “We really wanted to focus on staying healthy, trying to figure out what to do to stay healthy. We dodged it in years past and it’s just really bitten us hard. Not to take away from what Williamsburg did, they were well prepared, and they played well tonight. We need to grow. I was proud of the way our kids handled themselves tonight. They were willing to fight until the end of the game, trying to put points on the board.”
Notable: Williamsburg only punted once while C-K punted three times. Both teams were more interested in going for it on fourth down than punting when given the chance. … Both teams turned the ball over on downs at least once.
Records: Claysburg-Kimmel (1-4); Williamsburg (2-3).
Next week: Claysburg-Kimmel hosts Northern Bedford County while Williamsburg hosts West Branch.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg 16 20 6 0 — 42
Claysburg-Kimmel 0 0 0 0 — 0
WB–Hughes 27 pass from Palmer (pass good).
WB–Wansley 45 pass from Palmer (run good).
WB–Clark 13 rush (run failed).
WB–Clark 40 rush (pass failed).
WB–McMonagle 10 pass from Palmer (run good).
WB–Verbonitz 12 rush (run failed).
TEAM STATISTICS WB CK
First downs 14 8
Total yards 375 111
Rushes-yards 23-213 32-92
Yards passing 162 19
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 9-16-0 3-16-1
Punts-avg. 1-28 3-28
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 4-30 1-10
RUSHING–Claysburg, Bush 15-60, Claycomb 7-20, Noah 4-11, Imler 4-5, McGeary 1-1, Oakes 1-(-5). Williamsburg, Clark 7-76, McMonagle 2-42,Verbonitz 4-40, Wansley1-27, McCall 5-20, Wagner 1-5, Palmer 1-3, Uplinger 2-0.
PASSING–Claysburg, Oakes 2-14-1-14, Bush 1-2-0-5. Williamsburg, Palmer 9-16-0-162.
RECEIVING–Claysburg, Buell 1-12, Claycomb 1-5, Bush 1-2. Williamsburg, McMonagle 3-58, Wansley 2-54, Hughes 1-27, McCall 2-23.