Versailles made their way to securing a winning season record after coming back and dominating late in a road game against Eldon. In a game that started much in Eldon's favor, Versailles found a constant spark from their quarterback Junior Coby Williams to score often and enough to put the game away early in the second half.
Versailles made their way to securing a winning season record after coming back and dominating late in a road game against Eldon. In a game that started much in Eldon’s favor, Versailles found a constant spark from their quarterback Junior Coby Williams to score often and enough to put the game away early in the second half.
The contest opened with Eldon striking first on a solid opening drive that concluded with a touchdown by Senior Isaiah Parsons. They would follow it up with a failed 2 point conversion, opening the game with a score of 6-0. This failed extra point try would be a constant for both sides as the game progressed.
Eldon defense would go on to stop Versailles and give the ball back to their offense. Before the first quarter concluded, the Mustangs would strike again with another rushing touchdown by Parsons and fail to convert the two point conversion, making the score 12-0. Before the clock would expire in the first quarter, Williams would find pay dirt for the first of six times during the night and make the score going into quarter two 12-7.
The Mustangs looked to have a steady offensive push working again, as Logan Hall would rush 42-yards to the end zone, putting them back in the lead by double digits with a score of 18-7. However, this would actually start a long stream of unanswered points by Versailles that would end up being the difference.
Half way into the second quarter, Williams would find the end zone again on a quarterback run, pushing the score to within a touchdown, 18-13. Before the game would go to halftime, Versailles would find the end zone one last time with another rush by Williams, going up 19-18 heading into the locker rooms.
It was clear coming out of halftime that Eldon had few answers to Williams sneaking rush attack, as Versailles would score out the gates of the second half, making the score 27-18. Eldon offense would continue to find no success and turned the ball back to Versailles, who would find the end zone yet again in the third quarter, moving the score to 33-18. Eldon would finally find a successful formula and put together their final score of the night before the third quarter expired with a Parsons rush for a touchdown.
Opening the final quarter with a 33-24 lead, Versailles made the final score of the night early with Williams sixth rushing touchdown of the night, putting them up 41-24. This would be the final score by either side, as both teams continued to rush the ball heavily and watched the clock dwindle down. Coming back from down 11, Versailles would be the victors with a 17 point difference.
Though one could certainly put much of Versailles’ success on the back of Williams, the defense would be just as much of a main factor, holding Eldon to a single touchdown after the midway point of the second quarter. It looked to be moving well for the Mustangs, though quarterback Senior Dawson Brandt and company could not final a big play and were plagued by drops and penalties for much of the night. Junior running back Logan Hall was one of the few consistencies on the Eldon offense throughout the night, as he took much of the rushing load alongside Parsons.
Versailles defensive coordinator Aaron Allen says that the game as a whole represented what he loves about the sport. He says the mud and rain were all but appropriate for the hard fought match-up on both sides.
He says Versailles defense had a rough start and was having trouble finding a steady rhythm to their game. However, after the third Eldon score, he says they seemed to have found that rhythm and were able to take control of the remainder of the game.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to turn it around like we did and come out on top,” Allen said.
Allen says that Williams big performance came as no surprise. He says that he is the hardest worker in the weight room and on the practice field week to week and deserves the success through his determination. He says he’s a leader and helps to bring the entire team together. Though, he also stressed that his success came largely in part to those around him and the collective team effort.
Allen says Eldon put up a great effort and felt that Versailles was making too many early mistakes. without finding the pace that kept them going throughout the match, he says it could have been a much different outcome.
“We shot ourselves in the foot early,” Allen said. “We didn’t help ourselves. We settled down and started rolling.”
Versailles moved to 5-3 on the season with the victory, securing their first winning season in over 7 years. They will go on to face Hallsville to close out the regular season at home. Eldon moved to 4-4 on the season with the loss. They will close their regular season against School of the Osage on the road.