Watertown scored three first-half touchdowns Friday night to cruise to a 28-8 win against visiting White House at Robinson Stadium.

The Purple Tigers’ second drive of the game ended with quarterback Brayden Cousino’s screen pass to Brandon Watts for a 4-yard touchdown to give Watertown (5-1) a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. 

Watertown running back Deramus Carey took a dive up the middle for 18 yards for the Purple Tigers’ second touchdown with less than a minute left in the first. 

The ensuing White House (3-2) drive stalled 20 seconds later, when Watertown’s Jordan Carter intercepted a pass at the Blue Devils’ 45-yard line and returned it to the 26. That drive also stalled for Watertown, but the next one did not.

Early in the second, Cousino hit Quanterrius Hughes-Malone on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the back corner of the end zone that gave Watertown a 21-0 lead. 

White House tried to put a drive together on its next possession, but a second interception by Watertown’s Fancisco Vega gave the ball back to the Purple Tigers.

“We have been hammering a lot of things, trying to talk about being disciplined and focused,” said Watertown coach Gavin Webster. “We came out and played probably the best quarter we’ve played all year in the first quarter.”

White House broke a stalemate that resulted in no scores for either team in the third. A botched Watertown snap on a punt early in the fourth led to the ball being downed in the end zone for a safety to give the Blue Devils their first points.

On the Blue Devils’ ensuing possession, it took just more than a minute to find the end zone. White House running back Ranen Blackburn scored on a 38-yard touchdown run up the middle. The two-point pass attempt fell to the turf, but the Blue Devils cut the Watertown lead to 21-8. 

“We didn’t play to our potential, obviously,” said White House coach Ryan Hamilton. “On a road trip and a lot of preparation and things like that, you can’t play the game that way. You can’t just show up and play. You prepare and you play.  Obviously, (Watertown) was prepared and they played. We didn’t.”

Following a Watertown punt, White House found itself driving again until Watertown’s Jordan Cason pulled down an interception and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth. 

“I’m not too pleased with what we did offensively in the second half,” Webster said. “We just kept having some mishaps in the second half that we’ve got to (fix).”

Cousino finished 9-of-18 passing for 96 yards and two touchdowns for Watertown. Carey had 141 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Watts had four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. 

White House quarterback Caleb Anderson threw completed five of his 13 passes for 60 yards and three interceptions. Blackburn finished with 22 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. 

White House will face Region 5-4A rival Portland (3-2) on the road Friday night. Watertown will travel to Westmoreland (3-2).

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