Trailing Scotts Branch by two touchdowns heading into the fourth quarter, Williston-Elko managed to get into the end zone twice but could not convert on the two point attempts. As a result, the Eagles walked away from Benedict College with a 34-32 win and their second 1A-Division 2 state championship in the past three years. It was the third year in a row these two teams met for the championship.
Neither team attempted to kick an extra point in this one instead electing to go for two after each score. Scotts Branch converted two two-point conversions to Williston-Elko’s one and that would be the difference in this game.
The Eagles out-gained the Devils on the ground while the Devils out-gained the Eagles through the air. The Eagles won the turnover battle two to one and the time of possession battle as well. They held the ball for over 33 minutes to Williston-Elko’s 14 minutes.
For the Blue Devils, Tamyn Garrick was 8 of 14 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Kendric Salley rushed for 149 yards on 18 carries and Dexter Staley gained 139 yards on just 12 carries finding pay dirt three times.
For Scotts Branch, Traven Parker rushed for 219 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. Jerrell Adams had 103 yards on 22 carries and two scores.