WATERTOWN — Watertown broke in a new stadium Friday night, but the first official game was an old-fashioned grind-it-out 9-0 victory by Eagleville at the new Robinson Stadium.
Eagleville lined up in the I formation and the Eagles gained all but five of their 229 yards on the ground. Tailback Cameron Lawson took the ball 38 times for 143 yards, including a 3-yard run for the new stadium’s first touchdown just over a minute into the second quarter.
Otherwise, Watertown kept the Eagles out of the end zone. The Purple Tigers blocked an extra point, survived a fake field goal, got a 48-yard interception return by linebacker Kendal Newcome and recovered a fumble.
Eagleville’s other points came from a 27-yard field goal by Will Funkmiller late in the third quarter as the Eagles squared their record at 1-1.
“The defense kept us in the game all night long,” Watertown coach Gavin Webster said. “We kept them on the field. I don’t know how many snaps they were on the field, but they were on there a long time. When you ask a defense to do that and hold another team to nine points, hats off to them.”
But while Watertown’s defense put up a valiant fight, the Purple Tiger offense broke down in a series of botched snaps, five turnovers and eight penalties for 75 yards. The home team gained just 70 total yards and didn’t have a first down until Brady Swann found Skylor Scales twice for a total of 30 yards on the final two plays of the game.
“Too many mistakes, shooting ourselves in the foot,” Webster said after his Tigers fell to 0-2. “We can’t execute offensively until we get the mistakes cleared up.”
Swann returned at quarterback after sitting out last week with a sprained ankle. But the Purple Tigers could never get into a rhythm as the Eagles focused their defense on runners Luke Turner and Austin Brown.
“Last week we were one-dimensional,” Webster said of the opener at Cascade. “This week, we had Brady back and thought we would do a little bit more.
“We really weren’t any-dimensional tonight. We weren’t running the ball well and we weren’t throwing. We didn’t have anything going. We thought we could come in and throw and we thought we could come in and run. It all starts from the snap. We got issues during the snap and we got issues after the snap. We got to get those things fixed and get back to work Monday.”
While the Purple Tigers work on themselves, they will also work on preparing for next Friday’s 7 p.m. visit from Trousdale County.
Eagleville 9, Watertown 0
Eagleville 0 6 3 0—9
Watertown 0 0 0 0—0
Eagleville—Cameron Lawson 3 run [kick blocked], 10:54.
Eagleville—Will Funkmiller 27 FG, 1:51.
Rushes-yards 58-224 22-34
Passing yards 5 36
—Comp.-Att.-Int. 1-2-1 3-8-2
Total yards 229 70
First downs 15 2
—Rush 12 0
—Pass 0 2
—Penalty 3 0
Punts-avg. 5-34.2 5-39.2
Penalties-yards 4-34 8-75
Lost fumbles 1 3
Eagleville—A.J. Garza 10-55, Wes Vallance 10-26, Cameron Lawson 38-143.
Watertown—Luke Turner 9-12, Brady Swann 7-11, Austin Brown 5-13, Devon High 1-[-2].
Eagleville—A.J. Garza 1-2-1—5.
Watertown—Brady Swann 3-8-2—36.
Eagleville—Tyler Griffin 1-5.
Watertown—Brandon George 1-6, Skylor Scales 2-30.