VICTORIA – Coming off a tough and physical battle in their last game, the Watertown-Mayer football team wanted no part in a trap game against the Holy Family Fire. From the opening drive, the Royals had things firing on all cylinders as they cruised to a 49-12 win over the Fire Friday night.
“I told them all week that these are the kind of games where teams that are supposed to win go and win right away,” W-M coach Andrew Phillips said. “If we don’t go out there and take care of business, it could go a way we wouldn’t want it to go. Tonight, we finally came out and took care of business right away. We kept our foot on the gas pedal as long as we needed to tonight which was nice to see.”
W-M got the run game going early and often in the win. Senior Wyatt McCabe rushed for more than 100 yards and scored five touchdowns on the night as the Royals poured things on after taking an early lead.
“It’s huge for us,” Phillips said about getting the run game going. “It’s a big confidence builder. We didn’t have to worry about what we were going to run on third and long because of that. The ground game has been great for us. Our guys up front have been doing a great job all season long taking care of business and hopefully they can keep doing that going forward.”
Up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter, W-M pulled away for good in the second quarter. The Royals scored 28 points in the span of three minutes of game time to put Holy Family in a deficit they were unable to come back from. Two of the four scores for the Royals came off just one play after creating a turnover deep in Holy Family territory.
With the win, W-M improved to 6-1 on the season with one final game left in the regular season. After taking a big step forward last year in which the Royals won seven games, that was enough to satisfy them. They’re looking for even more this year and are off to a great start in order to make that happen as they are ranked No. 8 in the latest Class AAA poll.
“We had a great year last season,” Phillips said. “These guys are hungry though. They came out all summer long doing the workouts and getting ready for this. They want to play as long as they can.”
W-M closes out the regular season Wednesday night when they host Glencoe-Silver Lake. The Royals will not only be looking to finish off the regular season on a high note but also get ready for what they hope will be a deep postseason run.
“The first thing we need to do is continue to get healthy,” Phillips said. “In AAA football, you don’t have a lot of guys. If a guy goes down, it can create a lot of havoc. That’s one of our biggest things is to get healthy. The other thing is to just continue doing what we’re doing. It’s been our philosophy all year. Just being really good at what we do and that’s what we’re trying to do.”