Explosive rushing plays have become the norm in Williamsburg football games this season, just not from the opponent.
Another norm for Class 2A No. 1 Williamsburg has been wins, but West Liberty (5-2) snapped the Raiders' perfect 6-0 start to the season with a 14-9 upset victory on the road Friday night.
It was the first time in school history West Liberty has knocked off Williamsburg, leaving both teams at 4-1 in Class 2A District 5 play.
"We knew the challenge that we had ahead of us, and the boys played their hearts out," West Liberty coach Jason Iske said. "This win is definitely for them, they did a great job."
West Liberty's two scoring plays both came in the first half on an 81-yard touchdown run from Tanner Iske and 85-yard touchdown run from quarterback Seth Feldman.
Williamsburg’s only score of the first half, meanwhile, came from a safety late in the second quarter after pinning the Comets back deep in their own territory.
A Raiders team that was averaging just over 54 points and 381 rushing yards per game suddenly couldn’t find the end zone, and instead it was the opponent breaking off big play after big play.
Williamsburg's offense broke through midway through the fourth quarter with a 92-yard touchdown drive, but their final drive stalled on fourth down inside the red zone with less than a minute remaining.
West Liberty will get a chance to inch even closer to their season-long goal of playing in the playoffs and winning the district when it plays Mount Vernon, which entered Week 7 with a 4-0 district record.