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Warriors Fall in Season Opener

by Julian Aramendi

September 09, 2019

On a sunny Friday evening the Warriors of Southern Cloud met the Dragons of Wilson at Lobaugh Field.  Things proceeded propitiously for the hosts, as the opening coin toss yielded them both possession of the football and the goal they wished to defend. 

Things became more difficult once the game began.

A Warrior three-and-out gave the visiting team the ball back; Wilson proceeded to march 48 yards in eight plays to take a 6-0 lead on a 10-yard run by Camryn Eberhart off the triple option. 

A fine kickoff return by Dusty Mason was stepped back 10 yards due to an illegal block.  The Warriors set up shop at their 27.  A sweep by Tony Duggin picked up nine yards; Bryson Schmidt burst up the middle for six and a first down; Schmidt bounced a trap outside for 17 more; Morgan Coleman executed a trap play of his own for seven.  Two more carries had Southern Cloud at first-and-goal from the seven.  However, the home team could not cash in, turning the pigskin over on downs.  Wilson drove 75 yards on 13 plays to find the end zone on an eight-yard run by Cooper Weinhold in the second period; the two-pointer was good, extending the lead to 14-0. 

After converting a fourth-and-one situation, the Warriors stalled out; further disaster struck as Coleman’s punt was blocked by the oncoming rush.  The defense rallied to turn the foes over on downs eight plays later, but proceeded to fumble away the ensuing offensive possession.  There would be no stand this time as Weinhold flattened a Warrior defender to score from six yards out; a successful two-pointer made for a 22-0 scoreline. 

The second half proved increasingly dismal as the winged serpents wore down the Warriors play-by-play.  The superior stamina of the visitors was apparent.  Turnovers plagued Southern Cloud and Wilson capitalized.  The final score was 50-0.

Schmidt led the Warrior ground game with 44 yards on eight carries; Duggin contributed 22 on nine; Coleman eight on five; and Cody MacLean seven on three.  The Dragons rushed 49 times for 364 yards and all seven of their touchdowns.  Neither team completed a pass, with Coleman going 0-5, Mason 0-1, and Wilson 0-5.  Tackles and assists are as follows: Coleman (11/2), MacLean (11/1), Duggin (7/1), Gabe Rice (7/1), Mason (2/2), Evan Custer (2/2), Schmidt (2/1), Nick Millikan (1/0).  MacLean also broke up a pass attempt. 

The Warriors had at least five freshmen/sophomores on the field for every play on Friday, sometimes six or seven. 


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