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Running game fuels Carthage past WHS, 47-0


CARTHAGE — So much for Carthage being the underdog.

Wayne Timpson ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, and the Comets earned a dominating 47-0 Class A National win over the Watertown Cyclones on Friday night at Carthage High School.

Carthage (3-2 overall, 3-1 conference) scored on seven of its eight possessions, and gained more than 450 yards on the ground. It was the team’s first shutout of the season and its first win over Watertown since 2009.

“We were the complete underdog and we played out butts off, and that’s what happens,” senior linebacker Taylor Morgan said. “It shows what we can do.”

“This is a huge win, you have no idea the emotion that went into this tonight,” Carthage coach Sam Millich said. “We were reeling a little bit after last week’s letdown at Camden, and the kids came to play tonight. I wish I could explain it, but they had a lot of emotion, a lot of adrenaline, and I’m very proud of my kids.”

The Cyclones (3-2, 2-2) dropped their second straight game, and running back Diamond Williams was held under 100 yards for the second week in a row. He finished with 76 yards on 20 carries.

Watertown finished with just 172 yards of total offense, compared to 548 for Carthage.

“That team was more physical than us, they wanted it more than us, and we just couldn’t make plays,” said Watertown coach Vince Williams, who was ejected from the game with just over 10 minutes left.

“There was a miscommunication between the officials and they ejected one of my players and I went to bat for him,” Williams said of the incident. “I defended my player.”

Timpson scored two of his touchdowns from three yards out, on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter.

On a Carthage drive just before the end of the first quarter, Timpson lost a fumble at the Cyclones’ one-yard line to end a 15-play, six-minute drive that started inside his team’s own 10-yard line.

“My coaches told me to just forget about it, short-term memory, and that’s exactly what I did,” said Timpson, who also broke free for a 47-yard score early in the fourth quarter. “The next couple times I was able to get it in there and make up for my mistake.”

Carthage quarterback Bailey Wilkinson found room up the middle on keeper plays all night, finishing with 105 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He had just 118 total rushing yards entering the game.

Wilkinson scored from 26 yards out less than two minutes into the game to get Carthage on the board.

“Coach had a game plan and we just stuck to it. It was working perfectly,” Wilkinson said.

The Cyclones put their best drive together to start the third quarter, when they were down 21-0. They moved the ball 43 yards on 15 plays in over five minutes, but were unable to convert on a 4th-and-goal from the 9.

Watertown finished with five turnovers on three lost fumbles, an interception, and the turnover on downs.

Carthage running back Rodrick Groce entered in the fourth quarter and took his first carry 91 yards for a touchdown, putting the Comets up 40-0.

Gunner Serota and Josh Piatt also ran in short touchdowns for Carthage, which will play at Nottingham on Friday. It hosts Indian River the following week to end the regular season in a game that could decide first place in the conference.

Watertown will play at Indian River on Thursday, and host Jamesville-DeWitt the following week to close out its regular season.

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