The goal for every team heading into the football season is to win a championship at the end of the season.
For the top-ranked Williams Field Black Hawks, they have a chance to achieve that goal for the second time in four years. The Black Hawks punched their ticket to the 5A Conference championship game after beating region foe and No. 4 Casteel, 52-17, behind the arm of senior quarterback Mason Bugg.
But Bugg, who threw for four touchdowns and ran for another, credited his teammates for his success.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Bugg said about his play. “I won’t let it go to my head because I know I have the best playmakers around me and I know I have the best guys upfront, honestly, (it’s) the people around me that make me so good.”
The Black Hawks started on the wrong foot in the first quarter as the team gave up a touchdown within the first three minutes of the game and went three and out in their first drive. The momentum of the game changed when the Colts were facing a fourth down and one and went for it inside the Black Hawks' 34-yard line. Williams Field managed to stop Casteel and the second play after, Bugg hit senior Cal Bergquist on a 10-yard out that turned into a 69-yard touchdown. Colts head coach Bobby Newcombe said that he wanted his team to “take advantage of every opportunity,” they get but that they “didn’t get what we wanted.”
The Black Hawks' ability to capitalize on big plays crushed the Colts, as the team put up 35 unanswered points in the first half. The Colts did continue to fight but the deficit allowed the Black Hawks to pin their ears back and play against the pass, putting the Colts in a tough situation every drive.
“They saw some things, went to it, attacked and they finished,” Newcombe said. “We wanted to, we saw some things too, we didn’t quite finish where we wanted to.”
For the Blackhawks, they’re one step closer to their goal but head coach Steve Campbell said the team needs to stay focused, as they’re going to face a tough Campo Verde team in the championship.
“We need to focus on still getting better, we have two weeks to get better, there’s plenty of areas to improve… we’re playing a heck of an opponent so we have to get ready for that opponent,” Campbell said. “You fall back on your fundamentals of the game of football… fall back on what their mantra has become and that’s just do your job and their job is not to be overly too high or too low when it comes to those things.”
Williams Field will face region foe and No. 6 Campo Verde in the 5A championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at Sun Devil Stadium.
WFHS 14 21 10 7 -- 52
CHS 7 3 0 7 -- 17
CHS: 30 yard pass from Dane Christensen to Isaiah Newcombe for a touchdown (PAT) 9:20
WFHS: 69 yard pass from Mason Bugg to Cal Bergquist for a touchdown (PAT) 5:05
WFHS: Kaden Cloud 43 yard touchdown run (PAT) 3:07
WFHS: Cloud 54 yard touchdown run (PAT) 9:29
WFHS: 79 yard pass from Bugg to Myles Taylor for a touchdown (PAT) 6:23
WFHS: 12 yard pass from Bugg to Davin Switzer for a touchdown (PAT) 2:37
CHS: Dillon Crowder kicks a 31 Yd Field Goal .44
WFHS: Pablo Gonzalez kicks a 25 Yd Field Goal 6:25
WFHS: 23 yard pass from Bugg to Bergquist for a touchdown (PAT) .52
WFHS: Bugg 24 yard touchdown run (PAT) 10:55
CHS: Benjamin BIancas 1 yard touchdown run (PAT) 7:48