The Watauga Pioneers and their ball-control offense were very effective on the McDowell Titans junior varsity football team and keeping the offense on the sidelines.
The Pioneers ruined the Titans’ home finale Thursday evening, grinding out a 34-21 win at Titan Stadium.
The loss for McDowell (2-5 overall, 1-4 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) extends its current losing streak to four games heading into the final stages of the 2017 season.
Watauga jumped ahead 14-0 late in the first half and generally was able to keep a margin near that length the rest of the game.
Pioneer tailback Matthew Grambow had touchdown runs of seven and three yards late in the half, giving Watauga a 14-0 lead.
McDowell got on the board midway through the third quarter. Quantavian Moore made the best of a busted play in the backfield and scampered 11 yards to trim the Pioneer lead to 14-7.
Unfortunately, the Titans could never get any closer as both squads essentially traded scores the rest of the night.
Watauga quarterback Jaxon Harmon made it 21-7 when he scored from 17 yards out at the 1:45 mark.
Harmon scored two more times in the fourth quarter, including a 9-yard run with less than three minutes left, sealing the Titans fate.
McDowell accumulated 188 yards offensively. Moore finished with 39 yards on the ground. Richard Handy had 47 yards on the ground and was 6-of-12 passing for 101 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
McDowell finishes the season with its last two contests on the road starting Thursday at West Caldwell (6:30 kickoff).