Williams Field won its third consecutive game, 52-6, over visiting Surprise Shadow Ridge on Friday, and the Black Hawks' defense took a bulk of the credit as they allowed just two passing yards in the contest.
Williams Field (8-1) dominated both sides of the ball, scoring quickly on big plays and shut down a one-dimensional Shadow Ridge offense. The turning point of the game came early as the Black Hawks, up 14-0 at the time, forced a fumble by Shadow Ridge’s Chris Salsberry at the goal line. Later, Williams Field stopped the Stallions on a fourth-and-goal from the 2.
The defense stiffened in the second half despite a large lead and didn’t allow Shadow Ridge to convert a single first down after half time.
“As the game goes on they kind of caught their rhythm and starting seeing things better,” Williams Field coach Steve Campbell said about the defense.
Offensively, Williams Field - ranked No. 3 in the Division III power rankings - looked sharp. Quarterback Jeddediah Fagg completed 12 of his 17 passes for 180 yards, 118 of which went to Cole Forsgren, who found the end zone three times, including a first-quarter rushing touchdown. Senior running back Jacob Anderson rushed for 153 yards and two scores.
Campbell said the early lead helped with his team’s play calling.
“We’ve been on the other end of it where we’re down 14 and battled back,” Campbell said. “It allows you to be more diverse in the playbook and gives you freedom to open things up.”
Shadow Ridge (7-2) was ranked No. 5 in the Division III power rankings coming into the game, but coach Rico Tipton thought the game would be closer.
“We’re a good football team and we expected to play a lot better,” he said. “We’re still having some difficulty with the upper-echelon teams; don’t seem to have much trouble with the rest of them.”
Tipton also noted that the first-half ankle injury to Salsberry hurt his team’s chances at mounting a comeback. Salsberry tried to return to the game, but left after just a few snaps. He finished with 17 carries and 84 yards and Tipton said he would have to wait until tomorrow to know the severity of the injury.
“We expected it to be a tough game and it was,” Tipton said, but remains confident in his team despite the lopsided loss. “We’re going to get ready for the first round of the playoffs and we expect to win that.”
Williams Field 52, Shadow Ridge 6
First Downs: Shadow Ridge 9, Williams Field 19
Rushing: Shadow Ridge 39-169, Williams Field 38-311
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): Shadow Ridge 3-11-0-0, Williams Field 13-18-2-1
Fumbles-lost: Shadow Ridge 2-1, Williams Field 3-2
Penalties-yards: Shadow Ridge 8-80, Williams Field 7-78
Shadow Ridge 0 0 6 0 -- 6
Williams Field 21 3 21 7 -- 52
Williams Field: Forsgren 39 pass from Fagg (Ruiz kick)
Williams Field: Forsgren 8 run (Ruiz kick)
Williams Field: Anderson 27 run (Ruiz kick)
Williams Field: Ruiz 37 FG
Shadow Ridge: Jordan 1 run (PAT blocked)
Williams Field: Anderson 1 run (Ruiz kick)
Williams Field: Gill 29 run (Ruiz kick)
Williams Field: Forsgren 6 pass from Fagg (Ruiz kick)
Williams Field: Patterson 2 run (Ruiz kick)