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Warriors Spurn Wooden Horse and Urban Combat

Defeat Trojans on Gridiron

by Julian Aramendi

October 22, 2018

The Southern Cloud Warriors took the field against the Tescott Trojans last Friday looking to notch a road victory for the first time since 2013. 

The game opened in promising fashion; nose man Gabe Rice cooked up a couple of tackles for a sum of four yards; Kaury Stout subsequently proved stout by making the next two for a net of zero, thus turning the Trojans over on downs on the game's opening series.  Blake Gumm then broke through two tackles on a sweep for a 40-yard scamper and the first points of the night.  Morgan Coleman carried in the conversion attempt behind an obliterating pancake block by Jake Comstock for an 8-0 lead. 

Tescott's Zach Perry parried the Warriors' stroke with varied carries, showing himself to be very scary to a defense which had to be wary.  He scrambled for first downs on runs of 13 and 19 yards.  He tried to do so once more on fourth-and-12 inside Warrior territory, but Carson Bellows and Coleman tackled him short of the line to gain.  Two tailback carries netted 14 yards for Southern Cloud; a false start penalty backed the offense up five; then Bellows broke through the middle on a trap play for a 47-yard score.  Coleman connected with Stout for the two-pointer and a 16-0 advantage. 

Perry showed off his scrambling ability once more, this time for 15 yards to convert third-and-six.  The drive stalled out with a fourth-and-13 at midfield.  Conner Case booted a 20-yard punt away.  The Warrior offense proved little better, managing only a fourth-and-seven and a punt; however, this boot went for 35 yards, giving the Trojans the pigskin at their 13.  After a dubious roughing-the-passer penalty aided the host team, the defense stiffened, forcing an incompletion on fourth down.  Belllows capped a messy drive (three penalties, two bad snaps, and an incompletion) with a 28-yard touchdown tote on another trap.  Coleman followed up with two more for a 24-0 tally. 

A three-and-out prompted Tescott to punt; the scheme was foiled by Ryan Paillet who, just like Inspector Gadget, was on the Case; Paillet blocked the punt, causing the ball to travel a mere half-dozen yards downfield.  Two plays for 32 yards set Southern Cloud up with a first down at the two yard line.  Comstock, an interior lineman by day, a short-yardage fullback by night, took a handoff from Coleman behind Nevyn Gold, Evan Custer, and Zach Paillet, and fought into the end zone for the score.  Things were going so well for the Warriors that they messed up the two-pointer to make sure they weren't dreaming. 

Stout tackled dumped Case for a loss of five; Comstock chased down Brayden Peterson for a gain of one; Bellows dropped Perry for a mere gain of five; on fourth-and-nine the Warrior coverage men failed to locate the airborne leather missile, allowing Peterson haul in a 32-yard gainer.  Case raced past the Warriors he faced, gracing that long-sought scoring place.  Gold stopped the conversion run, making the tally 32-6. 

Irked by this development, Stout fielded the bouncing kickoff at his 27; he stayed upright after colliding with Bellows, then cut to his left to outrace the Trojans to the end zone.  The conversion proved unsuccessful, resulting in a score of 38-6.  A Tescott drive deep into Warrior territory came up short, as Comstock and Stout spooked Perry into slipping down as time expired. 

The Warriors scored the first points of the second half on a Bellows run; Comstock bulled his way for the two-pointer, this time behind Stout and Ryan Paillet.  Tescott lined up to punt on the ensuing drive; a bad snap forced Case to eat a huge loss to his own ten.  Bellows ran untouched into the end zone on the next play behind a cross block; illegal block in the back on Southern Cloud.  On the next play Bellows ran 26 yards for the score; illegal block in the back on Southern Cloud.  Bellows carried it for a third time from the 36, this time only gaining 18 yards, but picking up a Tescott facemask penalty.  Coleman and Stout put an end to the nonsense with a nine-yard scoring connection.  The extra-point kick sailed wide right, making the tally 50-6. 

On the ensuing kickoff Case evaded the Warrior coverage for what appeared to be a score.  However, the play came back on an illegal block; Mike Duggin, with no shot whatsoever of chasing down Case, had nonetheless continued to pursue the play, thus causing a Trojan to hit him square in the back.  The defense dug in to make good on Duggin's hustle, forcing an incompletion on fourth-and-one.  On the subsequent play Gumm burst through the line (behind another knockdown block by Comstock) for a 57-yard score to end the game 56-6.

Bellows rushed seven times for 133 yards and three scores; Gumm was hot on his heels with 106 on five tries; Coleman gained 28 on five; Comstock gained two on his lone carry and scored.  Coleman threw three passes and completed one to Stout for their nine-yard touchdown.  Stout also attempted a pass, which fell harmlessly to the ground.  Comstock had one pancake block and another knockdown; Stout logged a knockdown of his own. 

Tackles and assists were as follows; Bellows 9/6, Comstock 8/4, Stout 8/2, Coleman 5/6, Zach Paillet 4/2, Rice 4/1, Ryan Paillet 3/5, Gold 3/2, Mason 1/8, Custer 1/1, Gumm 1/0.  Gumm and Stout each made a sack; Stout had two tackles for loss and Bellows, Comstock and Coleman each logged one.  Ryan Paillet blocked a punt.  Stout returned a kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown. 

The Warriors' next contest will be in Hanover against the Wildcats. 


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