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WHS assistant T.J. Hewitt / CAT MURPHY, The Wilson Post

Watertown hosts Eagleville at 7 pm
Years in the making and a long time overdue, Watertown High will celebrate the first official varsity football game in brand new Robinson Stadium this evening.
    
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. as Eagleville High from Rutherford County provides the opposition.
    
While you can bet there will be plenty of pregame antics with a community wide tailgate and balloons prior to kickoff -- nothing would help usher in the new facility better than a victory.
    
The Purple Tigers are coming in off a 34-7 road loss to Cascade last week -- a game that saw Watertown fall behind early.
    
In the first quarter, Watertown gave up a long touchdown pass on a screen then gave up a blocked punt moments later and fell into a 13-0 hole.
    
“We missed at least three tackles on that long screen pass and our special teams play put us in a pretty bad hole on the blocked punt,” said WHS head coach Gavin Webster.
    
“Looking at the film, there was plenty for us to correct in practice this week. Once the game starts, we have to take care of our business.”
    
Sophomore quarterback Brady Swann returned the practice field this week after being limited due to an ankle injury against Eagleville.
    
“Unless something changes in the next day or so,” Webster said Wednesday evening, “Brady should be ready to go Friday.”
    
Running backs Luke Turner and Austin Brown traded off duties taking snaps in the “Wildcat” with Swann unable to play.
    
“We rushed for over 250 yards with those two back there,” Webster said, “I’m looking for us to be a little more balanced with Brady.”
    
Eagleville is coming off a mistake-plagued 25-3 season-opening home loss to Mt. Pleasant last week.
    
EHS went 0-for-8 on third down for the game -- 0-for-5 in the second half -- and two turnovers in the final two quarters helped turn a 6-3 game into the final margin.

Contact Tommy Bryan -- tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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