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Charleston avenges last year's loss to Crystal City

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Charleston's Bobby Clark runs for yardage.
CHARLESTON - Sophomore Joseph Watts rushed 17 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns Friday night to lead the Charleston Bluejays to a 41-6 win over the Crystal City Hornets.

The win was their sixth of the season and first in district play.

The game was a tale of two halves. The Bluejays could manage only one score in the first half of play. Senior Ashton Farmer put the Jays on the board with a pass reception that covered five yards with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter. The score capped a 12-play drive that began on Charleston's own 10-yard line.

Dustin Allen, who connected on six of seven attempts on points after, made it 7-0, but that would be the extent of the Charleston scoring in the first half.

While Charleston struggled offensively in the early stages of the contest, its defense was doing a great job of shutting down the Hornets. They allowed the visitors no first downs in the first period and only two in the second.

The lone score for Crystal City came on a 30-yard pass play from junior quarterback Brent Vaughn to Seth Blum at the 21 second mark of the second quarter.

"Defensively I thought we played as well as we have all year all four quarters. The kids played with a lot of heart tonight and a lot of emotion, and I'm proud of their effort," said Charleston coach Brent Anderson.

As for the offense in the first half, Anderson summed it up by saying: "We had three straight possessions inside our 20 in the first quarter and they were bringing some people and I didn't want to make a big mistake down there and let them back in the game. We played it close to the vest down there."

Charleston emerged from the locker room after intermission as if they were on a mission. The Bluejays dominated the Hornets on both sides of the ball all over the field.

A Crystal City fumble at the 8:20 mark of the third quarter further hampered the visitors when Charleston scored on the next play from scrimmage.

Cousins Bobby and Justin Clark combined for three second-half scores to dash any hope of a Hornets comeback. Bobby's two tallies came at the 10:24 mark of the third quarter and the 4:17 point of the fourth.

Justin hauled in a Josh Marshall pass from nine yards out at the 2:18 mark of the third quarter.

Watts collected his two scores on a 49-yard run at the 8:06 juncture of the third stanza and a 12-yard scamper with 11:54 remaining in the contest.

"It's a credit to our kids that they want to get better and they're willing to work hard to get better," said Anderson.

In game two of district play, Charleston will travel to Grandview next week to take on the Bulldogs.