Engi­neers’ flurry of scores puts away Oaks

■ Watts fin­ished off a 36-0 vic­tory over their ri­vals on Fri­day.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Michael Burch­fiel Staff Writer mburch­fiel@nwadg.com ■

WATTS, Okla. — The Watts (Okla.) Engi­neers got a big win at home on Fri­day night as the Engi­neers shut out the Oaks War­riors (0-3) by a score of 36-0 in Watts.

The Engi­neers dom­i­nated on the de­fen­sive side of the ball, hold­ing the War­riors to four plays or fewer in each of their pos­ses­sions ex­cept for one drive in the third quar­ter.

Of­fen­sively, both teams got out to a rough start. Oaks’ open­ing drive lasted four plays and spanned seven yards be­fore a turnover on downs. Watts, in turn, turned the ball over with a fum­ble three plays into their own first drive.

Af­ter a four-down stand, Watts (2-1) got the ball back and be­gan trekking down the field, thanks to power run­ning by quar­ter­back Danny Fer­nan­dez and a 15-yard pass from Fer­nan­dez to Blayn Har­lin. Ad­ver­sity rose against the Engi­neers as Fer­nan­dez went down af­ter a dive on the goal line. Ex­hibit­ing con­cus­sion-like symp­toms, Fer­nan­dez left the game, leav­ing Watts with­out a start­ing quar­ter­back.

Two plays later, with un­der a minute re­main­ing in the game’s open­ing quar­ter, Har­lin, now shar­ing snaps be­hind cen­ter, rammed his way into the end zone. An ex­tra point later, and the Engi­neers led 8-0. The touch­down would be the first of three scores in four plays for Watts, who would take con­trol of the game and never look back.

Watts got right back to scor­ing on the very next play, as the Oaks kick re­turner went into the end zone to re­trieve a boom­ing kick­off, left the end zone for a re­turn, and was chased back in for a safety. Then, with a 10-0 lead, the Engi­neers kept their foot on the gas with a 22-yard touch­down run by Adarain Adams one play af­ter re­ceiv­ing the punt af­ter the safety.

“Tonight I’m proud of them,” said Watts head coach Matt Stil­well. “We had some ad­ver­sity hit early, lost our start­ing quar­ter­back and prob­a­bly one of our best play­ers in Danny Fer­nan­dez. But we rose up, ro­tated quar­ter­backs and stepped up as a team, took care of busi­ness.”

Stil­well said he was happy with the men­tal strength showed by the Engi­neers and how well their spe­cial teams con­tin­ued to per­form, forc­ing a safety and a fum­ble.

“Even in our loss against Welch, our spe­cial teams played well, forced a cou­ple of fum­bles.”

Out­side of the spurt of scor­ing over the course of four plays in the first half, Watts scored on a 21-yard pass from Har­lin to Adams on fourth down in the se­cond quar­ter, and a pair of third-quar­ter touch­down passes from Har­lin to Kyle Woods, one from five yards out and the other from 20.

Oaks drops to 0-3 with the loss. The War­riors are sched­uled to play at Cave Springs on Thurs­day.

Watts, mean­while, re­turns to ac­tion on Fri­day against Life Chris­tian.

Michael Burch­fiel/Siloam Sun­day

Watts se­nior Adarain Adams holds off a pair of Oaks de­fend­ers dur­ing Fri­day’s 36-0 win.

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