The Williston Coyotes hosted the Bismarck Legacy Sabers on a brisk evening for football on Friday night. With a total of three wins between the two teams coming into the ballgame, both squads had designs of turning around their seasons with a much needed victory.
Bismarck Legacy received the opening kickoff of the game and wasted little time getting down to business. On their first possession from Williston’s 37-yard line, Sabers junior signal caller Rhett Clements rolled to his right and fired a strike down the sidelines for a touchdown. With the successful extra point attempt, Bismarck Legacy took an early 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, a mental mistake proved costly for the Coyotes. An illegal block in the back by a Williston player, which occurred in the endzone, led to a safety. This play extended Bismarck Legacy’s lead to 9-0.
In the second quarter, Bismarck Legacy added 10 more points, and took a commanding 19-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
After receiving the opening kickoff to start the second half, the Williston Coyotes offense fought back and showed immediate signs of life. Sophomore tailback J.J. Williams capped off a two-play Coyotes scoring drive by racing right through the Sabers secondary on his way to a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, the Coyotes inched closer to the Sabers on the strength of junior quarterback Charlie Whitlock’s 42-yard touchdown pass to fellow junior Jeremiah MacSteves. With 5:30 remaining in the contest, Williston trailed Bismarck Legacy 19-14.
Still trailing by five, the Coyotes had an opportunity to win on their final offensive possession. However, a Whitlock interception with less than 30 seconds remaining sealed Williston’s fate.
Now having lost six consecutive games, Williston will wrap up their regular season at home against the Mandan Braves on Wednesday, Oct. 17.