WATERTOWN — An offensive explosion in the first quarter was followed by a defensive battle and a rain delay as Watertown opened the middle school season with a 16-8 win over visiting Walter J. Baird at historic Robinson Stadium on Thursday night.
Quarterback Brandon Allison threw a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Keon Dotson to break an 8-8 tie with 45 seconds left in the first quarter. Fullback Braxton Swann ran in the two extra points.
And that was it for the scoring as Watertown lost a touchdown to a penalty. Jayden Jobe forced a Baird fumble and, following a 30-minute rain delay early in the fourth quarter, Heath Price sealed the deal with an interception with 27 seconds remaining.
The teams traded quarterback-keeping touchdowns to open the game.
Allison scored on a 7-yard run. Fullback Zach Hill’s two-point run put the Purple Tigers up 8-0.
Ryan Brown answered with a 3-yard scoring run and his two-point run brought the Blue Devils into a tie.
Watertown will face Carroll-Oakland as part of the Watertown Jamboree at the new Robinson Stadium at Watertown High School at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. The Tigers’ next regular game will be Aug. 19 when Gordonsville visits historic Robinson Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
Walter J. Baird will play host to Carroll-Oakland at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday.