FORT WAYNE – Just give him the darn ball.
Two games into Keyshawn Watson’s high school career, the North Side running back made an emphatic statement. In the team’s 49-26 victory over visiting Delta on Friday, the freshman rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries. He added a 23-yard scoring catch for good measure.
I just go out there and work every day, Watson said. I just see my blocks, move and go. There’s nothing else to do, just run.
Watson scored on runs of 80, 36 and 17 yards.
The game-changer came on an 80-yard scamper in the fourth quarter that closed the door on a Delta (1-1) comeback attempt.
We were just waiting for him to get going, North Side coach Ryan Hall said. We see it in practice. I told everyone in preseason to watch Keyshawn Watson. He finally had his breakout game. We need dogs who attack, and he took it to heart and became a dog tonight.
For the better part of four quarters, North Side (1-1) controlled the tussle with Delta. But midway through the fourth quarter, the Eagles were on North’s doorstep with visions of trimming a two-touchdown lead to one score.
Momentum would not be seized.
Just as Mason Bechdolt was nearing the goal line, the ball came loose, and North Side’s Jevontae Lapsley pounced on it in the end zone. On the next play, Watson sprinted 80 yards down the home sideline.
Delta had two second-half red zone turnovers – an interception by Logan Snyder in the third quarter and Lapsley’s fumble recovery.
The fumble was huge, Hall said. David Johnson came flying in and made a hit. I don’t know why he was in the play. But we talked to him this week about being a leader, and he was. He came up with a big play.
As the sun set at Chambers Field on Friday, North Side trailed 14-13 when Shawn Hill made a dash for daylight. Forty-six yards later, he was in the end zone. It was only the second quarter, but momentum swung from Delta to North Side, which never relinquished it.
Junior Tyson Whitner (3-yard run) and senior Jorden Kindig (6-yard reception) also scored for North Side.