MURFREESBORO — Watertown made several mistakes which were its undoing in a 32-0 road loss to Middle Tennessee Christian Friday night.
"We came out and felt like we helped them in the first half with mistakes," Watertown coach Gavin Webster said. "They got nine points off of our mistakes."
Early in the game on Watertown's opening possession, Ty Jobe fumbled and the ball was recovered by R. J. Miller. Middle Tennessee Christian took the ball at the Watertown 42-yard line, but the Purple Tiger defense stiffened, forcing a punt.
Watertown could not get much going offensively during the game as bad snaps hurt the Tigers. One cost them 20 yards, another cost two points as on a punt the ball went over the punter's head and he kicked the ball out of the end zone.
After the free kick, MTCS was driving again but the Cougars made a mistake as quarterback Ivey Starling threw an interception, picked off by T.J. Hall.
Watertown ran three plays and punted the ball back to MTCS.
Late in the first half, MTCS scored again on a 79-yard run by Christian Barrett to make the score at halftime 9-0.
On Watertown's opening possession of the second half, the Tigers fumbled the ball again on a bad snap. Brad Chambers recovered, setting up MTCS at the WHS 30.
On the first play, a long pass was completed near the end zone. But the ball was fumbled and a scramble ensued in the end zone where the Cougars recovered for a touchdown making the score 16-0.
Midway through the third quarter, Jobe threw an interception to Britt Roberts who returned the football 72 yards for a score. It was Jobe's fourth interception of the season.
Early in the fourth quarter, MTCS scored again, this time on a 10-play drive capped by an 8-yard run by Stephen Brent.
MTCS rounded out the scoring with a little less than two minutes remaining on a 27-yard field goal by Trevor Brunsvold for the final margin.
"We got beat by a good football team tonight but we just kept making mistakes," Webster said.
Watertown (0-2) will have a week before playing at Red Boiling Springs at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Region 4-A opener. Middle Tennessee Christian (1-1) will play at Moore County next Friday.