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Warriors Prove Flammable, Burned by Dragons

by Julian Aramendi

September 04, 2018

In a game decided 42-8 in favor of the host Wilson Dragons the Southern Cloud Warriors dropped their season opener on the gridiron.

The lopsided score belies a highly competitive first half.  The Warriors put together a long drive to open the contest, marching 46 yards in nine plays.  Southern Cloud was thwarted on a fourth-down rush by fullback Kaeleb Mock by virtue of a dubious spot of the football.  The Dragons subsequently drove 52 yards to score the first points of the game, following up their touchdown with a successful two-point conversion.  The Warriors fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, thus allowing the home team to score a second touchdown.  The two-pointer was no good, making the score 14-0.  Southern Cloud held Wilson out of the end zone for the remainder of the first half.  The offense found itself faced by a vigorous Dragon defense, which similarly kept the score static until the second half.

The Warriors saw the opening kickoff of the second half returned for a touchdown by Wilson’s Brady Mermis.  A Warrior three-and-out gave the ball back to the Dragons, who proceeded to burn most of the third quarter clock on another scoring drive, making the tally 26-0.

A defensive stand set the Warrior offense up deep in Dragon territory.  Quarterback Morgan Coleman promptly hit Nevyn Gold for a 10-yard touchdown.  Ryan Paillet then hauled in the two-point pass for a 26-8 score.  A fumble recovery by Mock provided an opportunity to draw within two scores, but Wilson denied Southern Cloud any further points on the night. 

The Warrior offense was led by Carson Bellows, who rushed for 64 yards on 19 carries.  Bellows only lost yardage on one of those carries.  Mock gained nine yards on five carries; Ryan Snively picked up 14 on five totes; Maycon Araujo logged one attempt for no gain; Coleman finished with -14 yards on seven carries.  The totals come to 75 yards on 37 rushes.  Wilson gained 117 on 38 attempts.  Coleman completed two of eight passes for 25 yards.  Both completions went to Gold, who also scored a touchdown.  Three Dragons threw at least one pass, totaling 81 yards on six of 13 attempts. 

Tackles and assists were as follows: Coleman 11/5, Bellows 11/2, Zach Paillet 3/6, Jake Comstock 3/4, Ryan Paillet 3/3, Ryan Snively 3/3, Mock 3/1, Evan Custer 2/2, Araujo 2/0, Dusty Mason 1/3, Gold 1/0, Konnor Sutton 0/1, and Nick Millikan 0/1.  Mock registered two sacks and a fumble recovery, while Coleman notched three tackles for loss.  Snively recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

The Warriors go on the road again this week, this time traveling to Wetmore to take on the Cardinals. 


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