WILLIAMSBURG — The game was a microcosm of Williamsburg’s season.
Get down early. Come roaring back.
The Raiders overcame an early 11-point deficit, broke it open with a four-touchdown third quarter and whipped ninth-ranked West Marshall, 51-32, in a Class 2A first-round playoff football game Friday night at D.F. Miller Field.
“We got in a hole early, but there wasn’t anybody on our team that didn’t think we’d get the job done,” Raiders Coach Curt Ritchie said.
Williamsburg (7-3) avenged a 27-14 season-opening loss to the Trojans and won their seventh straight game. Next up — a date with top-ranked Monroe PCM (10-0), a 49-0 victor over Carroll Kuemper on Friday.
Gage Hazen-Fabor shook off a first-carry-of-the-game fumble and rushed for 251 yards on 28 carries, running his season total to 1,940.
Hazen-Fabor scored just one touchdown. Quarterback Jordan Martin took care of most of that; four of his five completions ended in the end zone, and he ran for another.
Williamsburg rolled despite four turnovers. Weird game.
The Raiders gave up 32 points, but picked up 23 tackles for loss. Really weird game.
“Our defense has changed a ton since the first time we played them,” Ritchie said. “We’ve gotten better, especially our defensive ends.”
West Marshall (8-2) jumped to a 14-3 lead, scoring on two of its first three possessions. But Martin connected with Kaden Wetjen on touchdown passes of 60 and 21 yards, and the Raiders held a 16-14 edge at halftime.
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Then came the third-quarter onslaught, when the Raiders scored four touchdowns in less than seven minutes. In the blink of an eye, it was 44-20 and the quarterfinals were in sight.
“I’ve had a lot of good teams here, but I don’t know how many of those teams would have handled being 0-3 and sticking together,” Ritchie said. “That carried over into this game.”
Williamsburg upset PCM in the first round last year, and advanced all the way to the championship game before falling to Waukon.
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