Warren tripped up in Erie by Central Tech

ERIE – The 2014 season did not begin the way Warren football fans had hoped.

Central Tech used a punishing, ball-controlling running game to knock off the Dragons, 45-6, in a non-region game held Saturday at Veterans Stadium.

Warren received the opening kickoff, and looked to be in business as senior quarterback D.J. Fehlman hit running back Kyle Kulka for a first down on a screen pass. Central Tech’s defense stiffened and forced the Dragons to punt.

From there, the Falcon offense set the tone for the rest of the game, using strictly running plays to march 98 yards and score. Quarterback Dimitri Allison finished the drive off by scampering 17 yards to paydirt.

Eric Mitchell, who had 149 yards on the ground for Central Tech, would score a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to give his team a 20-0 lead. The Falcons came close to expanding their lead even more, but Fehlman intercepted an Allison pass deep in Dragon territory to keep his team in the game.

After another Falcon touchdown to open the third quarter, the Dragons began to show some life. Sophomore running back Solomon Gross broke free for a 55 yard gain to take Warren deep into Falcon territory. Gross rushed for a total of 82 yards on four carries, but was limited throughout the second half with an injury.

After Gross’ long run, Central Tech’s defense again tightened, forcing Warren into a 4th and Goal from the 8 yard line. This time, Warren was able to break through as Fehlman found Ryan Shattuck in the corner of the end zone for the first touchdown of the season for the Dragons.

Mitch Labesky recovered a fumble for the Dragons on the ensuing Central Tech possession, but the Falcon defense stood tall yet again and forced another punt. The rest of the game belonged to the Falcons, as they scored three more touchdowns, including an electric 56-yard touchdown run by Eddie Leggett and a 65-yard touchdown pass from Dimitri Allison to his brother Malik.

The Falcons outgained the Dragons 498-166, including an advantage of 433-130 on the ground. Gross led the Dragons offensively with his 82 yards, and Fehlman was effective through the air, although a short passing game, completing 11-of-20 passes for 66 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

Warren will return to action on Friday, hosting Titusville (0-1) for its first home game of the year.