FOOTBALL: Dragons roll to 2-0 start
STRATTANVILLE – Friday’s non-region match-up against Clarion-Limestone couldn’t have gone much better for the Dragons.
Warren moved the ball seemingly at will, and played stout defense en route to a 27-0 non-region victory over the host Lions.
“We’re improving, that’s good to see,” said Warren coach Greg Latimer, whose Dragons are 2-0 after a 21-20 win over East last week. “I saw some really good things out there. Luke Wortman ran hard and picked up some good yards after contact, and our ‘D’ stood their ground with (Clarion-Limestone) inside our 10.”
The Warren offense strung together a number of long drives, beginning with a 10-play, 77-yard march for a score after taking the opening kick off.
Quarterback D.J. Fehlman capped the drive with a 9-yard pass to Tanner Stanz, and Ryan Shattuck nailed the extra point to take an early 7-0 lead.
A three-and-out led to a blocked punt on the Lions’ first drive, leaving Warren with the ball at the Clarion-Limestone 32 yard line.
It didn’t take long for the Dragons to find the end zone once again, this time on a two-yard pass from Fehlman to Matt Hultquist. The ensuing extra point was blocked, leaving the score 13-0 in favor of the Dragons.
The second quarter was more of the same for Warren with Fehlman finding Stanz from 10-yards out for another score.
The duo connected one more time for a touchdown late in the half when on a fourth-and-20, Fehlman escaped pressure and hit Stanz in the corner for a 27-yard score.
Clarion-Limestone gave the Dragons a scare just before the half when quarterback Christian Bakewell found Jake Neiswonger for a 58-yard gain through the air. With the ball deep in Warren territory, the Dragons’ defense came up with three straight tackles for a loss – including sacks from Garrett Smead and Luke Wortman – to keep the shutout in tact.
Neither team would find the end zone in the second half, though the Lions did have an opportunity with the ball on the Warren 10-yard line on first-and-goal. The Dragons defense held strong on three straight run plays, and Bakewell’s pass on fourth down fell incomplete, leaving Warren to run out the clock.
Fehlman finished the night going 14-of-18 for 195 yards and all four of his team’s touchdowns.
Stanz and Hultquist each had four catches for 60 and 63 yards, respectively. Kyle Kulka led the rushing attack with 91 yards on six carries, while Wortman carried the ball ten times for 47 yards to go along with three catches.
Warren (2-0) opens its Region 6 schedule next Friday night, hosting Bradford at War Memorial Field.
“Bradford is a big test for us,” said Latimer. “We have a long history with them, we’ve got to be ready.”