FOOTBALL: DuBois hands Warren lopsided loss
DuBOIS – The tone for Friday’s Region 5 match-up between Warren and DuBois was set in the first two and a half minutes of the game.
Kyle Kulka took a screen pass from D.J. Fehlman 70 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the night, but DuBois came back with a quick drive for a score to tie the game.
From that point on, the Beavers had an answer for everything the Dragons threw at them, going on to win by a score of 56-14 on Senior Night at E.J. Mansell Stadium.
“DuBois is a very good, very large football team,” said Warren coach Greg Latimer, whose Dragons are 5-3 overall and 2-3 and in fourth place in Region 5 Class AAA. DuBois is 5-3 and 3-1. “Our team never quit. They played fearless, but we had the ball in the red zone four times and didn’t get any points.”
DuBois’ Devin Clark powered in a one yard touchdown run after Warren’s quick strike, and quarterback Gabe French found Bryson Paulinellie with a 26 yard pass to take a 14-7 lead after one quarter of play.
Warren’s first trip deep inside DuBois territory ended when Kevin Foley intercepted a pass at the goal line, and the Beavers kept rolling when Foley took advantage of a miscommunication by the Dragons’ defense to break away with a 61 yard touchdown reception from French.
Clark found the end zone again – this time from three yards out – before Warren reached into its bag of tricks. With the ball on the DuBois 27 yard line, Luke Wortman took a pitch from Fehlman, then fired the ball back to Fehlman on a screen pass for a Dragon touchdown.
Again, DuBois answered as French took to the ground for touchdown runs of 20 and 30 yards to give the Beavers a 42-14 lead.
It appeared as if the Dragons had cut into the deficit when, with eight seconds left in the half, Fehlman broke the plane of the end zone, but an early inadvertent whistle by the referee cut the play short and forced the down to be repeated. The ensuing sweep attempt by Wortman was stopped for a loss just as the clock hit zero.
Clark scored one more time for the Beavers in the third quarter to put the mercy rule in effect, and a 10 yard pass from Zach Sloan to Austin Gahr put an end to the night’s scoring.
Clark finished the game with 255 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, while French completed 12-of-18 passes for 200 yards and two scores through the air along with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The Dragons will look to get back in the win column next week when they host Franklin at War Memorial Field in their final Region 5 game of the season.
W-Kyle Kulka 70 pass from DJ Fehlman, 11:37 (Ryan Shattuck kick)
D-Devin Clark 1 run, 9:37 (Josh Hnat kick)
D-Bryson Paulinellie 26 pass from Gabe French, 5:40 (Hnat kick)
D-Kevin Foley 61 pass from French, 11:27 (Hnat kick)
D-Clark 3 run, 6:29 (Hnat kick)
W-Fehlman 27 pass from Luke Wortman, 5:10 (Shattuck kick)
D-French 20 run, 4:11 (Hnat kick)
D-French 31 run, 1:10 (Hnat kick)
D-Clark 1 run, 7:29 (Hnat kick)
D-Austin Gahr 10 pass from Zach Sloan, 4:07 (Isaac Kunselman kick)
RUSHING-W-Fehlman 6-(-3), Wortman 9-44, Kulka 8-24, Logan Galloway 1-(-1), Ryan Gorgacz 3-16, Matt Sweigart 3-9; D-French 5-47, 2 TD, Clark 25-255, 3 TD, Jesus Rosa 5-30, Paulinellie 1-4, Cole Kriner 1-6, Sloan 1-2, Less Russell 1-12, Gahr 2-16, Marco DeSantis 1-16.
PASSING-W-Fehlman 7-of-23 for 207 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, Wortman 1-of-2 for 27 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, Galloway 1-of-3 for 4 yards; D-French 12-of-18 for 200 yards, 2 TD, Sloan 2-of-3 for 16 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING-W-Kulka 1-70, 1 TD, Shattuck 2-83, Evan Suppa 1-9, Fehlman 1-27, 1 TD, Wortman 1-(-2), Tanner Stanz 2-47, Derek Reagle 1-4; D-Paulinellie 7-77, 1 TD, Daunte Dawson 1-14, Foley 1-61, 1 TD, Clark 2-44, Kriner 1-4, DeSantis 1-6, Gahr 1-10, 1 TD.