Williamstown rebounds at Oak Glen

NEW CUMBERLAND – Jake Tracewell and the Williamstown Yellowjackets spoiled Homecoming at Oak Glen Friday with a 55-25 victory over the Golden Bears.

Tracewell threw for 133 yards and three scores to go with 131 yards rushing and two more touchdowns to lead the Yellowjackets. He did a majority of his damage in the first half as Williamstown took a 41-7 lead into halftime.

“He’s a third-year starter so he has some lead way where he can run it or give it up as far as the read goes, and even if we want to throw it he can check out of it,” said Williamstown head coach Terry Smith. “He knows what he wants to do, and he’s a good athlete.”

Despite the loss interim head coach Jason Kekseo was happy with his team’s performance coming off a rough week due to the suspension of their head coach Ian Whittington.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Kekseo. “They dealt with the adversity as a team all week. It’s tough anytime you get in a situation where you’re missing your head coach, but these kids found a direction, played hard, and I’m very proud of them. I thought they did well. We executed what we wanted to execute.

“There were a few missed tackles and a few mental errors defensively. That’s where we’re missing our head coach, but I think we can make up for it and we can make adjustments in his absence that will correct those mistakes.”

After Tracewell scored from 12 yards out and Trace Elder kicked the extra point to give the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead, the Golden Bears answered right back.

Going 73 yards in five plays, including a 16-yard run by Nate Bebout, Oak Glen scored when Zac Porter hit Colton Speece for a 29-yard completion. Speece connected for the extra point to tie the game.

After forcing a WIlliamstown punt, and taking over at the Yellowjacket 44, Oak Glen looked in good position to take a lead. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as, on the second play of the ensuing drive, Alec Swiger was stripped of the ball on an 11-yard run and it was recovered by Williamstown’s Trevor Hoosier.

Things began to fall apart from there when four plays later Tracewell hit David Hastings for a 12-yard score and the Elder kick made it 14-7 Yellowjackets.

A three-and-out led to six-play drive that culminated in a Trace Hart 2-yard run and a 21-7 lead for Williamstown. Oak Glen fumbled the next kickoff, it was recovered by Williamstown’s Joe Sikorski at the 24, and the Yellowjackets were back in business.

“I thought our defense played real well,” said Smith. “We didn’t really get much video until like Wednesday so we really just talked about staying home. We had some film from last year we looked at. I was worried about getting out of position because they like to bounce it outside or bounce it back inside across the field by design.

“I thought our defense played well, and gave our offense some short fields.You can’t ask for more than a short field of 30 or 40 yards so we were able to get in there. We did a good job. We gave up a score early, but our defense stepped up and helped us.”

Tracewell connected with Dakota Watson on a 12-yard score for the 28-7 lead and the Yellowjackets rolled to the 41-7 halftime advantage from there.

“Anytime you make errors like that they’re critical errors,” said Kekseo. “The nice thing is those are errors that can be corrected with coaching. No one ever means to fumble. It’s just something we need to improve at and we’ll get better at it.”

Williamstown pushed the lead to 55-7 before Oak Glen scored the final three touchdowns of the game.

The first came with 2:12 left in the third quarter when senior David Campbell ran in from 10 yards out.

A pair of freshmen found the end zone from there with Dakota Price scoring on a 22-yard scamper and the final score of the night came on an eight-yard Lance Collins run that made the score 55-25.

“We’re a very young team,” said Kekseo. “The future here is very bright. As long as these kids stay positive and play to their potential these guys are going to win some football games. It takes that discipline and determination and we’ll be fine.”

Oak Glen (0-6) hosts East Liverpool next Friday.