BATAVIA – Williamsburg proved Friday night it’s not how a team starts or even how it plays in the middle of a game. Rather, it’s about how a team finishes.
Trailing 13-0 early in the first quarter, Williamsburg responded. The Wildcats knocked off their Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference rival Batavia, 49-27, at Holman Stadium. Running backs Spencer Clowery and Kurt Meisberger combined for seven touchdowns in the victory.
“We need to be able to over come adversity,” Williamsburg coach Scott Lefker said. “We weren’t very good at it at the beginning of the year. Last week, we overcame adversity and did it again tonight.”
The Bulldogs got started quickly, scoring on the first two possessions they had. Backup quarterback Spencer Fluegel connected with Josh Stephens for a 58-yard touchdown.
After the defense stymied Burg’s first drive, Fluegel marched the offense down the field before connecting with Dylann Wagner for his second touchdown pass of the game. The Bulldogs led 13-0 with 5:38 left in the first quarter.
Williamsburg quickly worked its way back into the game, however. On the next drive, Spencer Clowery scored on a 17-yard run. After the extra point, Batavia led 13-7 with 3:10 left in the first quarter.
After that drive, the Wildcats’ Kurt Meisberger made a couple big plays. He picked off Fluegel and capped his team’s ensuing drive with a short touchdown. The extra point clanged off the goal post, leaving the score tied at 13-13.
The game hit a lull early in the second quarter. Teams traded possessions and turnovers.
Burg had the ball deep in Bulldog territory when Clowery couldn’t secure a pitch. The ball flopped around on the field before Batavia’s Seth Steele recovered the fumble.
Williamsburg’s defense picked up the slack with a safety. It was Burg’s first lead of the game.
Later in the quarter, Clowery scored from one yard to extend his team’s lead before halftime.
Batavia started the second half in similar fashion. Fluegel found Wagner alone behind the defense for a long touchdown and later found Austin Maham found a 76-yard catch-and-run.
After the PAT, Batavia led 27-22.
After yet another turnover, Clowery scored his third touchdown of the game. The two-point conversion was turned away. Williamsburg led 28-27 at that point.
Clowery added a fourth touchdown to help put his team ahead 35-27 with 9:16 left in the game.
He later added a fifth and a sixth on a pick six.
“I have to give credit to the line,” Spencer said. “Those guys were pushing and giving me holes. I found the holes and ran through them. I’ll sleep good tonight.”
Player of the game: Clowery’s six total touchdowns are too hard to ignore. Each of his touchdowns came at a crucial moment in the game. The first one got his started. The middle two extended leads, while the fourth one helped Burg regain the lead. The final two put the game out of reach. Honorary mention should go to Batavia backup quarterback Spencer Fluegel. He kept his team in the game through the air. He tossed four touchdowns.
View from the sidelines: Lefker on Clowery’s performance: “Once he got going, I told my offensive coordinator to not stop giving it to him When he didn’t (call Clowery’s number), I’m there on the sideline yelling at him. He was willing to put this team on his back and get us a victory”
Williamsburg 13 9 0 27 -49
Batavia 13 0 14 0- 27