Hot Watertown Purple Tigers host Clay County


WATERTOWN-The Clay County Bulldogs head here tonight to face a Purple Tiger team that is on quite a streak. 


After a season-opening loss to White House-Heritage, Watertown has rolled off four impressive wins in a row, allowing only one score over that stretch.


The Purple Tigers started their streak with a 25-0 win over Middle Tennessee Christian, and followed that up with huge wins over three Region 4 opponents. They defeated Red Boiling Springs 50-0, Pickett County 44-6 and Monterey 38-0 (last week) to improve to 4-1 on the season. 


Watertown is led offensively by quarterback Dalton Phillips and runningback Dylan Holycross, both among the Midstate leaders at their respective positions, according to the Nashville Tennessean statistics. Phillips is ninth in the Midstate in all classifications in passing yardage with 844, completing 64 of 107 attempts (60%). He has also tossed seven TD passes. 


Holycross has been his favorite target, hauling in 16 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Jacob Anderson has also caught 16 passes for 140 yards for the Purple Tigers. Holycross is also 12th in the Midstate in rushing. He has carried the ball 85 times for 670 yards (7.9 per carry), and scored seven times on the ground. 


Last season in Celina, Watertown led 6-0 at intermission, scoring late in the second quarter. The Purple Tigers built a four-touchdown lead early in the final quarter and easily won, 26-6. Phillips had 124 yards and two TD tosses on 13 of 21 passing in that contest. 


Clay County brings a 3-2 mark into the contest, having lost to 2A playoff classification powers Friendship Christian and Trousdale County, and having defeated Taft Youth Center, Monterey and Red Boiling Springs. 


Watertown is competing in the 2A playoff classification this year, while Clay County is in 1A.