CARTHAGE After a promising start, the Watertown Revolution faced an uphill struggle all night against the Glove Cities Colonials.
Sparked by a pair of big plays in the first half, the Colonials held the Revolution scoreless for nearly 36 1/2 minutes and rolled to a 33-20 Northeastern Football Alliance East Division victory at Carthage High School.
We started out flat and had missed opportunities, Watertown quarterback Lamont Lane said. We just dug ourselves into a hole, there were just too many big plays, missing plays on offense and giving up big plays.
The Revolution, which was looking to bounce back after a close defeat the week before, held a brief lead late in the first quarter. But that was Watertowns only touchdown over the first three quarters and it fell to 0-3.
We got off to a slow start and we were playing catch-up, Watertown coach Brandon Doherty said. It was just one of those things where were working hard, but we have to keep our focus and keep driving forward. Weve got find ourselves and make it happen.
Getting the call in place of Glove Cities regular starting quarterback, Nick Carr threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the first-place team.
It was a good win for us, even though a lot of our guys couldnt make it to the game tonight, said Carr, who usually starts at linebacker. I feel really good, I feel like our team is really coming together even though we were missing some guys; we played a good game.
After the Colonials (3-0)scored on Carrs 25-yard scramble with 8:56 remaining in the first quarter, the Revolution drove for their only lead of the game. Watertowns Mike Rogers intercepted a Carr pass, and wideout Chris Furr scored on a 41-yard strike from Lane, who ran in the conversion for an 8-7 advantage with 3:34 left.
Just 28 seconds later and on Glove Cities very next play from scrimmage, Jason Quinn hauled in a 65-yard scoring pass from Carr and the team the Colonials led 13-8 with 3:06 remaining after the PAT kick failed.
After the Revolution recorded its initial first down of the game, it was forced to punt and Quinn took the kick and raced down the right sideline for an 83-yard score for a 20-8 lead with 10:19 remaining in the second quarter.
We seem to start out with a good tempo in the beginning and then we stall a little bit, Doherty said. Its not a lack of effort on our end, I know our guys are playing hard, theres something that Im not doing to get them going.
Watertown, which lost running back Harold Taylor to injury in the second half, never fully recovered. After a scoreless third quarter, Carr connected on scoring passes of 22 and 14 yards to Hasan Welch which were sandwiched around a 10-yard TD run by Lane as Glove Cities built a 33-14 advantage with 6:33 remaining.
They ran the ball and threw the ball as well, Doherty said. Our defense had them backed up on some major third-and-longs, but for one reason or another they got the first downs and those are tough. Weve got to be able to try and stop them.
Doherty was frustrated with the teams preparation against the East Division-leading Colonials.
Were playing hard, I just need to do a better job of getting us ready, he said.
We need fine tuning, added Lane, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score. We put together two scores in the fourth quarter, but we just started too late. We started our offense slow, we need a quicker tempo than what were playing. But well be OK were fighters and we never give up.
Watertown travels to face the Oneonta City Stallions next Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. game and return to host the Cortland Bulldogs at 6:30 on June 30.