West Nassau defeated Yulee in high school football.

WEST NASSAU 27

YULEE 7

Star of the game: West Nassau wingback Chaz Davis caught a second-quarter touchdown pass for the Warriors (2-1) and stopped host Yulee’s momentum with a key interception just before halftime to keep the Hornets (1-2) scoreless going into the break in a game where West Nassau held a double-digit lead for two and a half quarters.

Turning point: Special teams helped set up both of the Warriors’ first-half scores, as Zorian Stanton’s 18-yard return in the first quarter gave West Nassau a short field (27 yards, covered in six runs), while a 13-yard Yulee punt on the Hornets’ first possession of the second quarter gave the Warriors very favorable field position en route to their Blayze Padgett-to-Davis TD from 22 yards out.

On defense: While West Nassau’s offense put the points on the board, it was the Warrior defense that set the table, holding the Hornets to just 33 yards rushing on 21 carries. That total included a 44-yard run by Yulee RB Khamari Barksdale late in the first half. West Nassau rolled up four sacks and four TFLs against the Yulee offense.

Fast facts: During West Nassau’s second TD drive, the Warriors overcame three bad snaps to score, then muffed a punt (they also recovered it) on their next possession. … The big play was the Hornets’ best friend Friday night, but there were only two on the night, as Yulee’s lone touchdown was a 53-yard over-the-top strike from QB Kyle Lee to WR Zack Drawdy that cut West Nassau’s lead to 20-7 with 52 seconds left in the third quarter. … West Nassau averaged nearly five yards per carry as a team, with wingback Ethan Johns securing 106 yards on 12 carries to provide the speed and fullback Jesse Rochay collecting two TDs on 46 rushing yards. … With Warrior QB Chaz Hirschman sidelined and not in pads Friday night, Padgett took every snap, throwing for a pair of TDs (7 yards to Johns as well as Davis’ first half score), but the pair will go back to splitting time behind center next week for West Nassau.

They said it: “Yulee’s a physical team, we’re a physical team, and we’re glad to get out with a win. Chaz (Davis) really helped us out back there (playing defensive back in addition to his receiving yards). We got banged up back there against Lee, had three kids out, so he had to come in and help and he made a big play (with the interception).” – West Nassau coach Rickey Armstrong,

Shannon Heaton/For the Times-Union