BOONE — Most of the teams that have faced Watauga have had to make a decision which part of Watauga’s veer option offense to stop.
Some choose taking away running back Bryce Satterfield, while others choose keying on quarterback Anderson Castle. Others do their best to stop Watauga’s perimeter running, led by Jaiden Bond or Zach West.
Winston-Salem Parkland chose to focus on Castle, which left the veer that Satterfield was running inside open. Neither Parkland nor a sleet storm that started in the third quarter could stop Satterfield, who took full advantage in gaining 322 yards on 26 carries and scoring six touchdowns in the Pioneers’ 49-26 win over Parkland in the second round of the state 3-AA football playoffs at cold and soggy Jack Groce Stadium.
Temperatures dipped to 31 degrees by halftime, but that was just when Satterfield started to warm up. He already scored second-quarter touchdown runs of four and 13 yards, but blasted through the Parkland defense for touchdown runs of 35 and 97 yards in the third quarter.
“The line was blocking really well tonight,” Satterfield said. “We ran pretty much only two plays with the veer and the line opened it up well the entire game. I was hitting it pretty hard.”
“We made some adjustments and saw what we did well in the first half,” Watauga coach Ryan Habich said. “That first drive, we started moving the ball well and I thought once we did that we could run the football.”
Still, despite Satterfield’s touchdown making capabilities, the Pioneers (13-0) led 28-26 going into the fourth quarter. Watauga put the game away first with a 1-yard Satterfield TD and a 53-yard Satterfield touchdown run that gave the Pioneers a 42-26 lead.
“They couldn’t figure out how to stop Bryce,” Castle said. “There were times when I wanted to run, but last year against Mount Tabor I learned I had to trust the offense. I trusted them tonight and Bryce had a heck-of-a game. That’s how this offense works. They try to take one guys away and another pops up and it’s pretty amazing.”
Bond, while trying to run the clock out, broke open for a 55-yard touchdown run to put an exclamation point to the win.
Watauga hosts Weddington in the third round of the playoffs on Nov. 30 at Jack Groce Stadium. Weddington beat South Iredell 33-6 and goes into the third round with a 12-1 record.
Watauga, the No. 1 seed in the 3-AA western bracket scored more than 40 points for the 10th time this season. The Pioneers rolled up 513 yards of total offense, including 463 yards rushing.
Bond gained 77 yards on just two carries, while Castle ran for 56 yards on eight carries.
Castle also completed 2-of-5 passes, both the West, including a one-handed catch West made with the sleet pouring down that set up Satterfield’s 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Parkland’s offense finished with 446 yards rushing. The Mustangs (12-1) got 95 yards rushing and a 4-yard touchdown from Jacquez Roseboro and 84 yards from Syracuse-bound Lee Kpogba, including a 2-yard touchdown that capped an 80-yard game-opening drive. The two touchdowns gave Parkland a 14-0 lead and Parkland ran 23 plays in the first quarter to Watauga’s four.
“We’ve got some high character kids,” Habich said. “We told the kids going in that it’s going to be a 12-round fight. They better be ready for a fight and be ready to be hit in the mouth, but respond.”
Parkland quarterback Camian Shell completed 16-of-27 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns to Jaylin Elliott, the second with 2:49 left in the third quarter that brought the Mustangs to within 28-26.
Parkland continued to gain yardage in the fourth quarter, but could not reach the end zone.
“They hit us in the mouth,” Castle said. “I really don’t think we expected that, but we knew what team we were. We weren’t playing really well and we knew we could come back like we did and that’s what we did.”
Watauga 49, Winston-Salem Parkland 26
Parkland 14 6 6 0 — 26
Watauga 0 14 14 21 — 49
WSP—Kpogba 2 run (Emory kick)
WSP—Roseboro 4 run (Emory kick)
WHS—Satterfield 4 run (Densham kick)
WHS—Satterfield 13 run (Densham kick)
WSP—Elliott 23 pass from Shell (Emory kick)
WHS—Satterfield 35 run (Satterfield run)
WHS—Satterfield 97 run (Run failed)
WSP—Elliott 57 pass from Shell (Run failed)
WHS—Satterfield 1 run (Densham kick)
WHS—Satterfield 53 run (Densham kick)
WHS—Bond 55 run (Densham kick)
First downs 24 21
By rushing 13 17
By passing 10 2
By penalty 1 2
Rushes-yards 42-225 38-463
Avg. per run 5.4 12.2
Passing yards 221 50
Passes 16-27-0 2-5-1
Avg. per comp 13.8 25.0
Total plays-yards 69-446 43-513
Avg. per play 6.5 11.9
Penalties-yards 12-70 1-15
Punts-avg. 2-44.5 1-30.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Third down conv. 6-13 2-5
Fourth down conv. 5-7 1-1
Time of poss. 28:33 19:27
Rushing: Parkland—Roseboro 20-95, Kpogba 10-84, Shell 8-30; Watauga—Satterfield 26-322, Bond 2-77, Castle 8-56, West 2-8.
Passing: Parkland—Shell 16-27-0 221; Watauga—Castle 2-5-1 50.
Receiving: Parkland 6-142, Lloyd 3-27, Hayes 4-26, Harrison 3-26; Watauga—West 2-50.