Game Preview: Williamstown Battles Parkersburg Catholic on Friday, While Keeping Eye On Playoffs

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The Williamstown Yellowjackets have three games left in the season to decide their fate as they march towards a possible 15th straight year of postseason play. On Friday night the Yellowjackets (5-2) match up against the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders (2-5).

Williamstown comes into the game with their heads held high after a 72-8 victory over Wirt County on October 17. Yellowjackets’ coach Terry Smith used the high-scoring game to get additional underclassmen practice time on the field. Their remaining regular season games will be an opportunity to build a powerhouse for the playoff season.

“We’ve got three games left and I think that’s going to determine the playoff seed,” explained Smith.

But the Williamstown coach does not have complete concentration on the post season just yet.

“Honestly, I just want to look at Friday night and go one week at a time. You don’t want to get ahead, that’s when you get yourself in trouble,” said Smith.

The Yellowjacket team has eyes on the entire Crusader squad but also a few particular players. Coach Smith said they will be watching wide receivers Nick Roedersheimer and Jake Boice. The two are standout Parkersburg Catholic players that the Williamstown defense will need to slow down to pick up the win. The two seniors are responsible for a long list of the Crusader statistics this season but their only wins are against Notre Dame and Wirt County.

Williamstown senior quarterback Dakota Watson has been part of the foundation for the Williamstown offensive success through the seven games so far this season. The team is versatile enough to keep the ball on the ground or gain yards through the air and Watson is a large part of that achievement.

The Crusaders will need to arrive with a strong defensive line if they want to keep the Yellowjackets from dominating the scoreboard.

Kickoff is set in Williamstown for Friday night at 7 p.m.

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