Carey runs wild as Watertown stops Cascade
WATERTOWN — Deramus Carey was a one-man wrecking machine the Cascade Champions just couldn’t corral.
Carey ran wild in the Region 4-AA meeting, rushing for 256 yards and six touchdowns in Watertown’s 52-7 win over the Champs.
While the score may tell one story, a closer look at the game showed Cascade perhaps put forth its best game of the season so far.
“They’re a good ball team. If they aren’t winning a state championship, they’re going to be close,” Cascade coach Jake Tyre said.
The Champs (0-4, 0-2) compiled 233 total yards of offense, including 188 on the ground.
Watertown (5-0, 2-0) needed just 27 seconds to fire up its high-octane offense and go 60 yards for its first score of the night.
After taking the opening kickoff, Watertown’s Elijah Maklary ran a jet sweep to the Cascade 13.
Carey then scored his first touchdown of the night.
Drive falls short
On the ensuing kickoff, however, Cascade orchestrated a eight-play drive that pressed to the Watertown 25 yard line.
Aided by 20 yards in Purple Tiger penalties and a steady mix of chunk run plays, Cascade opted for a 42-yard field goal, but came up just short.
“In the first quarter, we stuck to our game plan. We ran the ball and ran the ball well,” Tyre said.
Watertown again needed less than a minute to score its next touchdown, again on a 53-yard scamper by Carey to put the Purple Tigers up 14-0, following Heath Price’s successful conversion run.
Slowing it down
Following the score, Cascade again was able to mobilize the run game, but also slowed the game down and kept the Purple Tiger offense on the sidelines.
However, instead of another push towards the Purple Tiger red zone in the second quarter, Cascade was hampered by penalties that proved costly.
“Slowing the game down I think helped our kids out tremendously. I think it got their kids a little unfocused there at first. We were doing some stuff in the beginning of the game that a lot of teams haven’t been able to do because we were slowing it down and making them think a little bit,” Tyre said.
“Kids with a bunch of fast twitch muscles don’t like to sit around and wait. The game plan, we executed in the first quarter and not bad in the second quarter, we just let the stupid penalties get to us.”
As time expired in the first half, senior quarterback Colby Melson launched a 45-yard pass to sophomore Seth Countess to the Watertown five-yard line.
Countess was met immediately by the Watertown secondary, ending the Cascade threat.
After stretching its lead to 38-0 at the half, Watertown added another touchdown run by Carey in the third before the Champion offense finally got moving in the fourth.
On its best drive of the night, and with time expiring, junior Jay Hall kept the chains moving on a 13-yard third-down pick up.
Two plays later, Wendel Singleton broke a 53-yard dash to the Watertown 18-yard line and followed with another 14-yard run, setting up the Champs on the four-yard line.
He finished the drive with a touchdown run to the corner pylon on the next play.
Singleton finished with 115 yards on 12 carries to lead Cascade’s offense, marking the second-straight game the Champs have had a 100-yard rusher.
Hall finished with 48 hard-fought yards on 11 carries.
Watertown finished with 404 rushing yards on the night, with Carey’s stellar night leading the way.
For Cascade, putting forth its best effort of the season and seeing some of the best totals against the talented Purple Tigers gives Tyre and his squad momentum heading towards the second half of the season.
“Going into it, it’s a big time confidence builder. It’s going to pay dividends. Every week, we’ve gotten better. This team was by far the best team we’ll see all year. And we held them in check for a while,” Tyre said.
With Watertown in the rear view mirror, the Champs’ focus now shifts to cross-county rival Community next Friday night.
“It’s a Community game. There’s nothing else better than Community and us. It’s a good game for both communities. It’ll be a good game all the way around next week,” Tyre said.
Cascade 0 0 0 7 — 7
Watertown 14 23 7 8 — 52
W — Deramus Carey 13 run (kick failed) 11:33.
W — Carey 53 run (Heath Price 2pt. run) 4:15.
W — Carey 4 run (Carey 2pt. run) 9:10.
W — Carey 4 run (Price 2pt. run) 5:58.
W — Carey 86 run (Price 2pt. kick) 5:04.
W — Carey 14 run (Price kick) 4:25.
C — Wendell Singleton 4 run (Eduardo Sanchez kick) 3:25.
W — Quanterrius Hughes-Malone 46 run (Sam Wills run) 1:35.