Washington Evening Journal
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WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg was competitive in its first three games of the season, only to see opponents pull away for victories. In the sixth game, Mid-Prairie was unable to do that.
Williamsburg scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, thwarted a Golden Hawks threat and burned the final 90 seconds off the clock for a 24-21 Class 2A District 6 win Friday at Bob Murphy Stadium. Both teams are 3-3.
Mid-Prairie (2-1 district) limited Williamsburg (3-0) to a 38-yard Alex Marovets field goal in the first half and scored twice on Will Cavanagh passes, one to Justice Jones, one to Jarrett Hoffman.
Owen Douglas had a punishing TD jaunt as he powered through the first level, stepped out of an arm tackle and then beat a defender to the goal to pull the Raiders within 14-10 with 4:31 left in the third. He added a 1-yard TD plunge with 10:43 to go for a 17-14 edge. Gable Dayton led Williamsburg with 132 yards rushing on 25 carries.
Mid-Prairie answered with Jack Pennington’s 18-yard catch to reclaim the lead, 21-17.
Williamsburg went 56 yards on five plays in 1:26, capping the drive with a play-action pass from quarterback Cade Ritchie to Jake Weber for a 33-yard TD. “We set that play up all game,” Weber said. “We (had) to wait … to get the safety to come down on the sweep.”
As Mid-Prairie threatened in the final minutes, the Raiders defense finally stopped the Golden Hawks on fourth down from the Williamsburg 9. Will DeSmet and Kobe Julius had key pass breakups.
Mid-Prairie scored on two fourth-down conversions in the first half and the Raiders had failed to stop them on fourth down until then.
Cavanagh had 208 yards on 15-of-26 passing and ran for 90 yards. Tyler Helmuth had 80 yards on 12 rushes. The Hawks outgained the Raiders 387-307. Jones caught four passes for 79 yards and had 10 tackles, eight solo.
Mid-Prairie’s last home game is Friday when Centerville visits for Senior Night.
The Union’s Doug Brenneman contributed to this story.