WOODBURY — Watertown’s defense was its best offense until the Purple Tigers could get the ball rolling in a 24-0 shutout at Cannon County on Friday night.
The host Lions opened the game by recovering an onside kick. Cannon County drove to the door of Watertown’s goal line where the Purple Tigers held.
Watertown moved the ball out of danger but was unable to mount a scoring drive in the first half.
Junior safety Austin Brown, who only returned to the lineup last week after sustaining a knee injury on the season-opening kickoff against Cascade, provided the only Watertown points of the first half with a fumble return for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Brown also intercepted a pair of passes and freshman Seth Price one.
“We really had a hard time getting things going offensively in the first half,” Watertown coach Gavin Webster said after his Tigers improved to 2-4. “Second half, we were able to knock them off the ball and get our running game going.”
Quarterback Ty Jobe scored two second-half touchdowns on the ground, the first capping an 85-yard drive behind the running of Dakota Self and Luke Turner in the third quarter.
Jobe’s second score made it 21-0 and Chandler Powell, who hit all three of his extra points, booted a 25-yard field goal in the final minute as Cannon County fell to 1-5 with all of the losses by shutout.
“Defense played big tonight,” Webster said. “Both sides of the ball played well.”
Watertown will return home to play host to District 8-A rival Gordonsville in the Tigers’ final visit to Robinson Stadium at 7 p.m. next Friday. The Purple Tigers have two games left in the venerable stadium behind the hedges before the school relocates to a new campus across town next year.
Watertown 24, Cannon County 0
Watertown 0 7 7 10—24
Cannon County 0 0 0 0—0
Watertown — Austin Brown fumble return [Chandler Powell kick].
Watertown — Ty Jobe run [Powell kick].
Watertown — Jobe run [Powell kick].
Watertown — Powell FG.