Watson, Wantagh run past Long Beach
On a day where Conference II contenders were making its case for the postseason, Wantagh made an emphatic statement at Long Beach on Saturday.
Brandon Watson scored three touchdowns on 11 carries and rushed for 125 yards as the Warriors made its case to be considered Conference II favorites in the postseason with a dominant 41-7 win over the Marines.
Right from the get-go one could see Watson was going to get the ball early and often.
The Wantagh senior running back got the ball on the first two plays in which Wantagh had the ball. However, the most important carry came on a fourth-and-one in which Watson eluded a tackle and took it 39 yards to the end zone to give his team an early 7-0 lead.
"I thought it was going to be close when I got the ball," Watson said. "I just made a quick move but once I got past the line it was wide open and I managed to find the end zone."
Watson was back at it again on Wantagh's next possession, scoring on a 4-yard run to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead with just 35.9 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The star senior saved his best run for his last score of the contest before halftime, blasting through the line for a 56-yard scamper to put his team ahead 34-0.
"We have a great line," Watson said of his teammates. "They did a great job opening up the holes and I just took it."
Billy Carmen added two touchdowns on the ground, while TJ Ragusa added the Warriors other score on a 60-yard TD reception from quarterback Roddy Roche.
Roche, who played just one half before being relieved by Thomas Wright, completed 3 of 4 passes for 101 yards and a TD pass. The Wantagh quarterback also rushed for 38 yards on four carries.
The win improves Wantagh to 6-2 on the year and now creates a very crowded top four spots in Conference II.
The Warriors, along with Carey, Garden City and MacArthur all hold records of 6-2 or better. Watson believes his team is set for an exciting postseason run, which begins on November 3 against Mepham
"We’re pumped (about the playoffs). We got to play all four quarters and have a good week of practice," said Watson. "This is a tough league. We just need to come out firing like we did today."