Warriors struggle against Patriots
By Andy Southard | October 8, 2018 6:23 am
Last Updated: October 8, 2018 at 6:25 am
The Warriors were trying to make a statement, on Friday night, when they traveled to Franklin to take on the eighth-ranked Class 5A team. However, the Patriots used their balanced attack to take down the Warriors by a final score of 55-7.
The Warriors fell behind early and were never able to recover. The Patriots would jump out to an early 35-0 lead by the half. In the second half, the Warriors would score their only touchdown of the game, but the Patriots would add three more scores to pick up the win.
The Patriots would open up the game with the ball first. The Patriots would drive down the field and score in four plays on a 20-yard run to take an early 7-0 lead, with 10:18 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors went three and out on their first drive and had to punt the ball back to the Patriots. During the punt, the Warriors would get a penalty on their sideline, giving the Patriots the ball at the 50-yard line.
The Warriors’ defense, though, would make a stand and hold the Patriots to a three and out and give the ball back to their offense.
The Warriors’ offense would pick up a first down on the drive when Sedryk Leftwich found Kade Clark over the middle for a 28-yard gain. However, the Warriors’ offense would stall from there, and they would be forced to punt the ball back to the Patriots.
The Patriots would take over on their 21-yard line. The Patriots would travel down the field in five plays, scoring on a 50-yard run to take a 14-0 lead, with 1:42 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors’ next series would only last three plays, giving the ball back to the Patriots. The Patriots would drive down the field, scoring in six plays on a 19-yard pass to take a 21-0 lead, with 10:35 remaining in the first half.
The Warriors’ next drive would last only three plays, and the Warriors would be forced to punt the ball back to the Patriots. On the punt, the Patriots would get a piece of the punt and would take over on the Warriors’ 30-yard line. The Patriots would pick up their fourth touchdown of the game on their second play when their running back scampered in from two yards out to push the Patriots’ lead to 28-0.
The Warriors’ next drive would be the longest of the game. The Warriors would pick up a first down on a fake punt by Allen Shoupe who ran it for 10 yards. The Warriors’ second first down came on a Caleb Charlson 11-yard run. The Warriors would then use a four-yard run by Leftwich and an eight-yard run by Shoupe. The Warriors would then send out the field goal unit on fourth down. However,the Warriors would use another trick play to pick up a first down on a 16-yard pass from Leftwich to Michael Shank. The Warriors’ offense, though, would stall out at the Patriots 11-yard line.
The Patriots would take over on their 11-yard line, with 1 minute remaining in the first half. The Patriots would drive down the field in six plays, scoring with eight seconds remaining in the half to make the score 35-0 at the end of the first half.
In the second half, the Warriors would score on their second drive of the half. Charlson would pick up two first downs for the Warriors on four rushes. Shoupe would pick up another first down for the Warriors on two straight rushes to move the ball into the Patriots’ territory. The Warriors would then get inside the Patriots’ five-yard line when Leftwich found Tony Lewis for a 21-yard gain. Shoupe would then run the ball in from one yard out to cut the Patriots’ lead to 42-7.
However, the Patriots would find the end zone two more times to push their lead to 55-7, and that would be the final.
The Warriors would finish the game with 177 yards of total offense. They would finish the day with 104 yards rushing and 73 yards passing.
The Patriots’ offense finished the day with 367 yards of total offense. The Patriots had 176 yards on the ground and 191 through the air.
Allen Shoupe led the Warriors’ offense on the ground, finishing the night 20 rushes for 59 yards and one touchdown.
For the next two weeks, the Warriors will return to the friendly confines of Warrior Stadium. This week, the Warriors will take on Lincoln County. The game has been moved to Thursday night instead of Friday night. Then, in two weeks, the Warriors will host their final home game of the season when Columbia comes to Dee Harris Field to take on the Warriors. Both of those games will begin at 7 p.m.