Everything Meadville brought, the Dragons had an answer for.
Warren improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 5 with a 49-28 win over the Bulldogs on Friday at War Memorial Field.
Improved is an understatement.
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Any way possible
Warren’s Chris McNeal (4) is up-ended by a Meadville defender during Friday's game at War Memorial Field, a 49-28 Dragons’ Region 5 victory.
Warren's potent offense - averaging close to 52 points a game - was led by senior quarterback Austin Jerman. He completed 15 of 19 passing attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
"We finally got our passing game back up to par," said Warren coach Brad Wright. "That was one thing we wanted to work on this week."
After a scoreless first quarter, Jerman found reciever Mark Davis from 25 yards out for the first score of the night.
Following a Meadville score to tie the game, Jerman went back to Davis to put the Dragons up 14-7.
With time winding down in the half, Warren moved the ball inside Bulldog territory where Jerman threw 29 yards to Jordan Willetts. Willetts wrestled the ball away from a Meadville defender for another Dragon touchdown with just 12 seconds left on the clock.
It looked as if Meadville might make a run at the start of the third, but Warren answered again, this time with a 1-yard run by Matt Falvo. Falvo would find the end zone two more times in the fourth quarter and Jerman ran 15 yards for a fourth touchdown of the night to put the Bulldogs down for good.
Falvo led the Dragons on the ground with 174 yards on 17 carries, including a big 86-yard run to set up one of his three touchdowns.
Jerman was as impressive on defense as he was on offense, coming up with three key interceptions.
Warren, which has outscored opponents 207-52 in four games to start the season, will look to stay unbeaten in its Homecoming game on Friday against Oil City.
W - Austin Jerman 25 yard pass to Mark Davis, 7:54; Ryan Shattuck kick
M - Tyler Minnis 62 yard fumble recovery, 5:50; Patrick Adams kick
W - Jerman 11 yard pass to Davis, 2:56; Shattuck kick
W - Jerman 29 yard pass to Jordan Willetts, 0:12; Shattuck kick
M - Ryan Harkness 4 yard run, 7:50; Adams kick
W - Matt Falvo 1 yard run, 4:43; Shattuck kick
M - Trevor Martin 4 yard run, 3:02; Adams kick
W - Falvo 1 yard run, 11:57; Shattuck kick
W - Falvo 3 yard run, 6:47; Shattuck kick
W - Jerman 15 yard run, 5:04; Shattuck kick
M - Tim Bolden 85 yard kick return, 4:49; Adams kick
RUSHING- W - Matt Falvo 17-144 3TD, Austin Jerman 9-67 1TD, Chris McNeal 6-31, Luke Wortman 2-15, Jordan Willettts 2-2; M - Ryan Harkness 22-89 1TD, Tim Bolden 16-85, Trevor Martin 9-59 1TD, Tyler Minnis 1-(-1).
PASSING- W - Jerman 15/19-174 3TD; M - Minnis 1/10-47.
RECEIVING- W - Mark Davis 7-93 2TD, Willetts 3-44 1TD, Cody McGraw 3-23, Brad Walters 1-7, Wortman 1-7; M - Bolden 1-47.