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Cardinals Defeat Warriors in Second Half-Surge

by Julian Aramendi

September 10, 2018

Last Friday’s road tilt began auspiciously for the Warriors of Southern Cloud.  Facing a Wetmore Cardinals team of comparable talent and numbers, Southern Cloud drove 61 yards in five plays to score first; four carries by Carson Bellows put the ball at the Wetmore 15, whence Morgan Coleman improvised a scamper into the end zone.  The two-point pass to Ryan Paillet succeeded. 

The Cardinals’ ensuing drive was cut short by a Jake Comstock sack, forcing Wetmore to punt.  The Warriors put together a promising drive into Cardinal territory, but came up short on a four-down play.  The Cardinals picked up a pair of first downs and looked to have a third on a short yardage play, but Hutfles fumbled and Nevyn Gold recovered.  Once more the Warriors moved the football, only to have Joel Hutfles intercept Coleman and return the ball to the Warrior 26.  Bellows blasted Braden Henry, dislodging the football for a Coleman recovery.  On fourth down Coleman came up a yard short, giving Wetmore possession at midfield.  Hutfles made Southern Cloud pay with a bruising touchdown, bowling over two Warriors en route to the end zone.  The two-point try was sniffed out by Coleman and Kaeleb Mock. 

Bellows responded by returning the ensuing kickoff for a 57-yard score.  Coleman hit Gold with a Favre-esque left-handed pass for the two-pointer.   Wetmore’s Kael McQueen returned the ensuing kick into Warrior territory.  On fourth- and-one the Warrior defense stopped Hutfles, with Comstock and Mock the principal agents.  Bellows and Mock lugged the leather on seven plays for 60 yards.  The drive included a pancake block by Comstock and culminated with a key block by Mock to clear the way for Bellows to scamper into the end zone.  Coleman ran the two-pointer in for a 24-6 advantage.  The kickoff looked to make things even better for the Warriors, as Ryan Paillet recovered the football which his brother Zach had booted to a vacated area.  The Warriors spiked the football to ensure a final play into the end zone, but the officials allowed the clock to expire. 

The second half proved to be a complete reversal in terms of points, as the Cardinals prevailed 36-0 after the half.  Hutfles scored three more touchdowns and threw two more.  The Warrior offense continued to pick up first downs, but never managed to reach the end zone as drive after drive was thwarted, two on fourth down by small margins.  The defense, which turned the Cardinals over twice in the first half and allowed only one score, was unable to disrupt Wetmore consistently enough to cause mistakes or force punts.  The Cardinals rose to the challenge, playing with greater intensity and consistency.  This confluence of factors led to the wide disparity in the second half. 

The Warrior offense was spearheaded by Bellows, who carried 35 times for 193 yards and a touchdown.  Coleman gained 43 yards on 11 attempts with one score; Mock notched nine carries for 25 yards; and Ryan Snively picked up eight on three tries.  Coleman completed three of seven passes for 22 yards with one interception.  Paillet hauled in two passes for 19 yards and Bellows caught the other for three.  Bellows attempted one pass, which was incomplete.  Southern Cloud gave up two turnovers; Wetmore three. 

Tackles and assists were as follows; Coleman 8/1, Bellows 6/5, Dusty Mason 6/1, Comstock 5/1, Ryan Paillet 4/1, Mock 1/1, Nevyn Gold 1/0, Tony Duggin 1/0, and Zach Paillet 0/4.  Comstock and Bellows each recorded two tackles for loss, with the former also recording a sack.  Coleman, Gold, and Paillet each recovered a fumble, while Bellows forced one. 

The Warriors go on the road for a third consecutive week to take on the Panthers of Pike Valley in Scandia. 

 
 

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