Warriors blanked by Dragons
Posted By Sparta Live | October 12, 2009 12:00 am
On a rainy, muddy Friday night in Jamestown, the Warrior football team was not able to end their winless streak as the York Institute Dragons celebrated homecoming with a 33-0 shut out of WCHS.
The Dragons scored on all four of their first half possessions and five out of their first six of the game. The Warriors, meanwhile, never got anything going offensively tallying only 64 yards of offense for the entire game. York, on the other hand, amassed 416 yards of offense while holding the Warriors to a negative four yards on the ground in the second half.
The Warriors five first half possessions ended with three punts and an interception. The fifth one saw them pick up two of their three first half first downs, but came to an end as the second quarter horn sounded. The bright spot for the Warriors in the first half was the punting of Jordan Armstrong. The junior averaged 43.3 yards on his three punts with the longest being 57 yards. Even with Armstrong’s booming kicks, the Warriors couldn’t keep the Dragons backed up.
Armstrong punted after three Warrior plays on the first drive netted only one yard. The York returner had to back up to field the punt and bobbled it, but the coverage let him not only get away, but return the kick 34 yards all the way to the WCHS 32-yard line. The defense didn’t make it easy for York as they had to use nine plays to cover the 32 yards and three times converted on third down with the last being a one-yard keeper by quarterback, Brian Reynolds, at the 5:44 mark. The point after was good putting York on top 7-0. That would be as close as the game would be.
The Warriors again had to punt after three plays and Armstrong’s 57-yard punt pinned the Dragons all the way back at the 19-yard line. The first play should have actually been an interception, but York somehow completed a pass through two Warrior defenders and turned it up field for a 32-yard gain. Another big play on the drive was a 25-yard run by Matt Brown. They later scored on a one-yard run by Lance Maynard with 41 seconds left in the first quarter.
After another Warrior punt, York put together a 12-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a nine yard run by Maynard at the 5:20 mark of the first half. The PAT ran the lead to 21-0.
The Warriors did pick up their initial first down of the game on a 10-yard run by Aaron Murray. Murray would not see any action in the second half. One the previous punt coverage, the senior delivered a big hit on the return. Both he and the returner would have to leave the game with concussions. The current drive would end when Conor Sparkman’s pass was intercepted at the six-yard line.
Even backed up that deep, the Warriors couldn’t slow down the Dragons. After a run for no gain on first down, the second play was a 94-yard touchdown pass from Reynolds to Tyrel Asberry. The point after was no good, but York took a 27-0 lead into the intermission.
The first York drive of the second half took 8:46 off the clock. The 17-play drive covered 74 yards, but the Warrior defense stepped up and forced them to turn the ball over on downs at the six-yard line.
WCHS put together their best offensive drive on their first series of the second half. They picked up three first downs, one on a pass interference penalty. They netted 42 yards, but had to turn the ball over on downs at the 48-yard line.
York answered with their final scoring drive of the contest. The seven play drive ended with a three-yard touchdown run by Matt Brown with 7:53 left in the contest. The point after was no good for the final score of 33-0.
Of the five Warrior ball carriers in the contest, Murray (7 for 27) and Armstrong (9 for 19) were the only ones with positive yardage numbers. Sparkman completed five of 10 passes for 33 yards and two interceptions.
Travis Howard led the Warrior defense with 16 tackles. Dylan Riddle added 11. Dustin Howell, Conor Sparkman and Seth Anderson had 10 stops each.
Matt Brown, who played in White County during middle school and through ninth grade, led York with 16 carries for 87 yards.
Coach Tracy Malone commented on the game, “I think it’s probably the worst game we’ve played on both sides of the ball. We just didn’t play very well at all. That’s on my shoulders. I know we’ve had a tough year, but I didn’t do a good job of getting them ready to play. There were some things they did offensively that we really didn’t have a good answer for. That’s also my responsibility. We didn’t play very well against a good team to put it simply. I think they handled the field conditions a lot better than we did. We came into the game feeling like we needed to throw the ball a little bit to keep them from blitzing. We couldn’t do that with the rain and the mud. We had to try and run the ball and they were more physical than us up front. We just have to keep working. We’re going to stay the course. We’re not going to bail. I still believe better days are ahead.”
The Warriors now go into their bye week with a record of 0-8. They will take this Friday off before returning to the field on the 23rd at Shelbyville.
As far as bye week work, Malone said, “We are going to go a lot lighter this week. We’ll give them Monday and Friday off. We are going to have to try and get them back. They’re pretty dejected right now. That’s 10 straight losses for them dating back to last year. We’re going to do everything we can to keep their spirits up. Lighten things up a little. They need it.”