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By Bryan Hoopaugh
The Williston Red Devils finished the season with a hard fought battle against district rival Union County last Friday night. The Tiger defense proved to be the toughest opponent yet this season for the Red Devil offense, holding them to a season low 10 points in the game.
Union County scored with 6:30 left in the first quarter to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with what would be the only score in the first half of play, as the second quarter belonged to the defenses. Both teams held the other’s offense at bay with each drive ending in either a punt or turnover on downs.
Union County would receive to start the second half at their own 41 yard line. The Tigers scored the second touch down of the game with an eight-play 59-yard drive, scoring on a pitch to the right side to running back Andy Holderfield giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 8:37 to go in the third quarter.
Williston fought back, starting a drive on the Red Devil 28 yard line. After driving the ball into the red zone with a 15 play drive Williston settled for a 27-yard field goal by Jorge Deciderio making the score 3-14 with only 1:49 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers bounced right back though and in three plays and only 35 seconds off the clock scored again with a 48- yard catch and run by Holderfield stretching the Tiger lead to 21-3.
The Tigers would put another score on the board with a 55-yard catch and dash to the end zone giving Union County the largest lead of the night with the score now 28-3 and 6:37 left in the fourth quarter.
Williston was able to retaliate with a scoring drive ending with a touchdown pass from Stephen Cochlin to Darien Thompson to narrow the scoring margin to 28-10 with 5:18 left in the game.
The remainder of the game would be dominated by the defenses as neither team was able to put any more points on the board and the game ended with Union County ahead 28-10.
Although finishing the season without a district win and ranking last in District 7 1A Rural, Williston finished the season with a winning record of 6-4 and the seniors can know they are leaving behind a legacy that can be built upon.