FOOTBALL: Track Meet: Slippery Rock runs by host Dragons
Speed, speed, and more speed.
The aptly named Slippery Rock Rockets racked up 622 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns en route to a 55-7 win over the Dragons Friday night at War Memorial Field. The undefeated Rockets finished with 678 total yards to Warren’s 116.
“(Slippery Rock) was even more than what we expected. We got beat by a very, very good team,” said Warren coach Greg Latimer. “We have to get back to the fundamentals. These last two losses we’ve got away from playing fundamental football.”
The Rockets made their prescence known immediately in Warren’s Homecoming game, intercepting a D.J. Fehlman pass on the first play of the game and scoring within minutes on a Travis Lauster one-yard run.
The visitors went on to score rushing touchdowns of 70 yards, 50 yards, 11 yards, 55 yards, and 14 yards, as well as a 34-yard field goal – all in the first half – to take a 42-0 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter started with more of the same as Mark Cessar hit another field goal – this time from 29 yards out – and quarterback Jake Whitmer found receiver Chris Reeseman down the sideline for a 37-yard touchdown.
Warren took advantage of good field position when Luke Wortman returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield, and the Dragons were able to put together a scoring drive capped with a 16-yard pass from Fehlman to Tanner Stanz. Stanz finished with four catches totalling 53 yards, and Fehlman completed 9-of-17 passes for 83 yards on the night.
With the mercy rule in effect for the fourth quarter, Cessar would hit his third field goal of the night from 36 yards out, and Slippery Rock was able to run out the clock to improve its record to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 5.
The Rockets used 10 different ball carriers in the game, none of which reached double-digit touches. Sophomore Ryan Lauster led the way with six carries for 236 yards including gains of 53, 70, 37, and 50 yards, and Jared McDowell added 153 yards on nine carries.
The Dragons (4-2, 2-2) will look to break their two-game losing skid next week when they host Corry at War Memorial Field. The Beavers earned their first win of the season on Friday night, 27-0, over winless Seneca.
Slippery Rock-Warren Stats
SR-Travis Lauster 1 yard run, 9:36 (kick failed)
SR-Ryan Lauster 70 yard run, 7:17 (run failed)
SR-Jared McDowell 50 yard run, 4:29 (Mark Cessar kick)
SR-Cessar 34 yard field goal, 11:38
SR-T. Lauster 11 yard run, 4:32 (Cessar kick)
SR-McDowell 55 yard run, 2:24 (Cessar kick)
SR-Brandon McKnight 14 yard run, 0:06 (kick failed)
SR-Cessar 29 yard field goal, 8:04
SR-Chris Reeseman 37 yard pass from Jake Whitmer, 4:38 (Cessar kick)
W-Tanner Stanz 16 yard pass from D.J. Fehlman, 2:52 (Shattuck kick)
SR-Cessar 36 yard field goal, 8:03
RUSHING-S – Whitmer 8-63, McDowell 9-153, 2TD, R. Lauster 6-236, 1TD, T. Lauster 6-37, 2TD, Frank Conlon 3-45, McKnight 3-24, 1TD, Shane Kirkwood 1-15, Ken Anderson 2-23, Trenton Porter 4-12, Gunner Coleman 5-14; W – Kyle Kulka 6-7, Fehlman 9-16, Luke Wortman 5-14, Logan Galloway 1-(-4).
PASSING-S – Whitmer 3/6-56, 1TD; W – Fehlman 9/17-83, 1TD, 2INT.
RECEIVING-S – Reeseman 2-45, 1TD, Brady Kadlubek 1-11; W – Stanz 4-53, 1TD, Matt Hultquist 1-11, Wortman 3-9, Shattuck 1-10.