Both Warrior youth football teams finish runner-up
by Andy Southard | October 12, 2017 8:26 am
Warrior Youth Football wrapped up its 2017 season Saturday playing in the West Division Championships for Middle TN Youth Football. The Senior and Peewee age divisions were both defeated leaving them runners-up in their respective division. The Warriors have faced fierce opposition this year and can’t wait to be back hitting the gridiron in 2018.
The Peewee Warriors faced the undefeated Cookeville Cavaliers who averaged nearly 40 points a game this season. The Warriors started off right winning the toss and executing their game plan to keep the talented Cookeville offense off the field as long as possible. After several first downs and short runs the Warriors controlled the ball for the most prominent part of the first quarter and all but one possession in the second quarter. Griffin Adams had several nice runs getting the ball to the 1-yard line, with 27 seconds to go in the first half, but a penalty and tough Cookeville defense kept the score 0-0.
Cookeville came out in the third quarter with the ball, but tackles for losses by Landon Kerr, Adams, and Colten Allen resulted in a punt. The Warriors mounted another drive starting at the 20-yard line getting into Cookeville territory with punishing runs by Hudson Dodd and Adams, but the drive ended with a fumble. Cookeville finally struck with their speed and hit a long touchdown run making it 6-0.
The fourth quarter started with a three-and-out by the Warriors, and Cookeville struck again making it 12-0 with 4 minutes left. The Warriors hit fast with a reverse to the Van Buren “Flash” Tuff Crain making it 12-6. Cookeville scored again late in the game extending their lead to 18-6 where the score would remain.
The Senior Warriors took on the tough Smith County Owls whom they had previously defeated. The Senior Division Warriors also won the toss and seemingly started the game off right with a touchdown run by Tripp Pinion during their first series of play after recovering an onside kick. However, the Owls made short work of scoring getting a touchdown on their first possession with a run on the outside. The Warriors still in the game got a first down run by Owen Adams and followed up with a complete pass from Pinion to Levi Griggs. A penalty on the Warriors hurt their field position, and ultimately the Warriors would turn the ball over on downs.
Once again Smith County fired off with another long run on the outside bringing the score to 13-6. The Warriors lost their momentum in the next series with little gain and another turnover on downs. The Warrior defense was just getting fired up and kept the Owls from scoring again in the half. The Warrior offense, plagued by injuries over the season, couldn’t get together for another touchdown.
The second half put the ball back in the Warriors’ hands, and a fumble for a loss started the half off wrong. The Owls take advantage and again gets another long touchdown run making it 21-6. The Warrior offense again turned the ball over on downs after a loss of yards and a sack. The Warriors’ defense held the Owls on their next series, but the Warrior offense made too many mistakes and put the ball back in the hands of Smith County who would score once more ending the game 27-6.
Warrior Youth Football would like to thank the community for its continued support during the 2017 season. The youth program has had another successful year and looks forward to 2018.