Williamsburg was not looking for a repeat of the regular season’s contest with Poquoson where the Hornets scored in the final 15 seconds of the game on a spectacular play for the win.
Instead, the Green & Gold clad squad of 8- and 9-year-olds played a solid game on both sides of the ball last Saturday, Nov. 21, running upfield behind stalwart blocking on offense, while defensively shutting down Poquoson to earn an 18-6 victory and the PYFA Super Bowl Championship Title at James City Stadium.
Williamsburg’s offense set the tone on the game’s opening drive moving downfield on the Bulls’ defense. Cesar Ward (18 runs/103 yds) and Monii Burden (16 runs/88 yards) used blockers Kade Campbell and Cooper Minor to get the pigskin down the 2-yard line before Ward was chased out of bounds as he headed for the endzone.
Poquoson couldn’t muster any offense on their first efforts, as Ward (5 tackles), Zach Pope (3 tackles) and Carter Weissenfluh (2 tackles) helped force a Bulls punt from the Poquoson 1-yard line.
Williamsburg took over, and this time Ward was able to find paydirt as he cut back against the grain and followed blockers Josh Herslow and Tadic Mielczarek for a 7-yard scoring run, putting Williamsburg up 6-0.
The Hornets defense then held Poquoson to its 2nd of 3 first half “3-and-punt” possessions as defensive linemen Bryant Walker (4 tackles), Josh Farley and Josh Womeldorf applied pressure to the Poquoson blockers, and held the Bull runners in check.
Williamsburg wasted no time in turning up the front burners as Burden and Ward ripped off back-to-back 20-yard-plus carries to get the ball to the Poquoson 10-yard line. From there, Ward made a nice cut off the blocks of Clayton Vinson and Adam O’Neill to get in from 1 yard out and advance Williamsburg’s lead to 12-0.
Garrett Turner (5 tackles) had a crunching tackle on the ensuing kickoff to help pin down the Bulls again. Hunter Brittain (3 tackles) and Jo. Herslow (3 tackles) also combined on big hits. But the Bulls used a 40-yard punt to flip field position in their favor, forcing the Hornets to start from their own 5-yard line.
Williamsburg picked up a quick first down, but a turnover gave the ball back to Poquoson inside the “red-zone” at the Hornet 14-yard line with 3 minutes remaining in the half and a potential momentum changing score in the making.
The Hornets defense dug in. Michael Burt (2 tackles), Walker, Brittain and Jo. Herslow all chipped in on stops forcing fourth down on the Bulls. A massive d-line surge allowed Pope to penetrate and hit the Poqouson carrier in the backfield, stopping the Bulls drive at the Hornet 5-yard line.
Williamsburg appeared content to run out the 1st half clock, but Burden broke a 22-yd run, narrowly stepping out of bounds, giving the Hornets breathing room.
Brittain (5 runs/28 yds) then followed Walker’s crushing lead block to help get the ball to midfield, giving the Hornets a chance to take a shot deep with one second to go in the half.
Mickey Smith, Trent Neville and Joey Cianciotti blocked to form a passing pocket that allowed Burt time to heave a long pass toward a streaking Weissenfluh who narrowly missed hauling in the pigskin for a big play as the halftime buzzer sounded with Williamsburg maintaining a 12-0 margin.
Michael Burt was on the spot for the second week in a row, hustling downfield and recovering a Hornet onsides kick to start the second half and give Williamsburg a chance to put the game out of reach.
After a pair of first downs to start the drive, Ward faked to Burden left, then followed Brittain’s trap block to the inside. Ward found a crease to his right, then went 23 yards for his third TD of the game, staking Williamsburg to an insurmountable 18-0 lead early in the third period.
On the next Poquoson drive, Hunter Pegram had two big tackles. Nick Doyle laid a huge hit on a Poquoson back, and Chase Dively (4 tackles) was all over the field. Then on a 4th & 5 play, Tyler Neville (4 tackles) got into the Poquoson backfield making a big tackle for a loss, which gave the ball back to the Hornets.
Pegram & Ryan Pastirik took turns on the Hornets’ next drive behind blockers Jonathon Tarpley & Tori Roggenbuch before turning the ball over on downs to Poquoson.
Guenter Mueller, Dively, Ty. Neville and TJ Davis (4 tackles) helped slow the Bulls, but Poquoson got in for their only score of the game with :59 seconds to go in the 3rd period, cutting Williamsburg’s lead to 18-6.
Burden and Brittain had nice carries on the next Hornet possession, and Ward completed a 9-yd pass to Burt to help Williamsburg chew up some game clock before ceding ball control to the Bulls again.
Herslow had a nice open field tackle and Turner knocked away a Poquoson pass forcing another Bulls punt that Burden returned 15-yds. Neville and Zach Stallings had hard-nosed runs for Williamsburg setting up TJ Davis’ for a 38-yd carry to the Poqouson 2-yd line behind the blocks of Jeremy Herslow and Ben Tyler on the game’s final play.
Finishing the season 11 – 1, Williamsburg ended the game with 300+ total-offense & return yards compiled on 52 offensive plays while defensively limiting Poqouson to a handfull of rushing yards and forcing the Bulls to punt on 5 of their 8 possessions during the game.
Garnering individual honors for Williamsburg were: Cesar Ward (Offensive MVP), Garrett Turner (Defensive MVP), Clayton Vinson (Offensive Line MVP) and Hunter Brittain (Defensive Line MVP).