High school football: Watauga QB runs wild against Wonders
BOONE — Watauga quarterback Anderson Castle, who is headed to the Shrine Bowl as an “athlete,” brought A.L. Brown’s football season to and end on Friday.
Castle put up crazy QB rushing numbers — 28 carries, 252 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Castle only threw three passes, but his feet led Watauga’s second-seeded Pioneers to a 55-27 victory over the 10th-seeded Wonders (8-4) in a second-round playoff game in the 3AA bracket.
As a team, Watauga (12-1) rushed for an astounding 602 yards on 57 attempts and racked up eight rushing TDs.
Jaiden Bond rushed 14 times for 259 yards and two TDs for the Pioneers.
The Wonders were down 20-0 before they got on the board on defense on Terry Williams’ 52-yard fumble return in the second quarter.
With the Wonders trailing 34-7 in the third quarter, Cam Kromah threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Black.
Austin Grunden caught a TD pass from Kromah early in the fourth quarter, but that only cut Watauga’s lead to 48-21.
Watauga has rushed for more than 5,000 yards this season and has scored 83 touchdowns on the ground.
A.L. Brown hasn’t gotten to third round of the playoffs since 2012 when it outscored North Forsyth and Hickory Ridge in the early rounds, before losing to Charlotte Catholic.