TITUSVILLE - The Warren Dragons are heading into the postseason with some momentum.
Set to begin the District 10 Class AAA playoffs next week, the Dragons finished the regular season in style with a 36-21 non-region win over the Titusville Rockets Friday night at Titusville's Carter Field.
"We had a great effort out of everyone," said Warren coach Greg Latimer. "No one expected us to be 7-3 with the change of coaching staff and the youth we had. I'm very proud if the way these guys stepped up. We dominated the line of scrimmage tonight; defensively we were solid, Luke Wortman ran the ball relentlessly, and our receivers - Tanner Stanz and Ryan Shattuck - executed their routes perfectly. We played great all-around."
After trading three-and-outs to start the game, the Dragons struck when a pair of Wortman runs set up a three-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Fehlman to Stanz.
Later in the first quarter, Warren took over after forcing a turnover on downs, and Fehlman found Shattuck on the first play of the drive for a 63-yard score.
The Rockets got on the board early in the second on a 9-yard run from freshman quarterback Brady Corklin, but the Dragons moved the ball quickly thanks to a pair of incredible diving grabs from Wortman and Stanz, and Fehlman capped the drive with a quarterback sneak to give Warren a 18-7 lead going into the half.
The Dragon offense came out of the locker room firing, as Fehlman extended the lead with a pair of touchdown passes to Wortman, one for 54 yards and one for 70. The Warren defense got on the board for the first time this year, forcing a safety on a Rockets' punt attempt from their own end zone.
The third quarter output was all the Dragons would need to secure win number seven on the year.
With the game out of reach, Corklin hit Easton Hogue for a couple late Titusville scores, bringing the final to 36-21.
Fehlman finished the night completing 12-of-16 passes for 290 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, as well as 49 yards and one score on the ground. Wortman had five catches for 161 yards, Stanz had four for 60, and Shattuck two for 70. Wortman also added a pair of interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
The Dragons (7-3, 3-3) open the D-10 playoffs next Friday night against General McLane at Edinboro University's Sox Harrison Stadium.
"McLane has an outstanding program," said Latimer. "Traditionally, they like to run the ball out of a number of different formations and don't throw until they really need to. We'll be ready for them."
W-Tanner Stanz 3 pass from DJ Fehlman, 4:13 (kick failed)
W-Ryan Shattuck 63 pass from Fehlman, 1:59 (pass failed)
T-Brady Corklin 9 run, 10:53 (Mike Gionti kick)
W-Fehlman 1 run, 6:22 (pass failed)
W-Luke Wortman 54 pass from Fehlman, 8:52 (Cody Gunn run)
W-Warren safety, bad snap on punt, 6:59
W-Wortman 70 pass from Fehlman, 1:44 (Fehlman run)
T-Easton Hogue 8 pass from Corklin, 6:19 (Zack Carter pass from Corklin)
T-Hogue 2 pass from Corklin, :00
RUSHING-W-Fehlman 8-49, 1 TD, Wortman 7-36, Gunn 4-15, Kyle Kulka 4-47, Tyler Oudinot 6-4; T-Corklin 11-45, Aaron Lee 8-20, Gionti 1-(-2), Hogue 7-27, Cody Sines 6-88.
PASSING-W-Fehlman 12-of-16 for 290 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, Logan Galloway 3-of-4 for 22 yards; T-Corklin 9-of-20 for 88 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, Chase Ackerman 1-of-1 for 46 yards.
RECEIVING-W-Shattuck 2-70, 1 TD, Wortman 5-161, 2 TD, Stanz 4-60, 1 TD, Kulka 1-(-1), Derek Reagle 2-18, Devin Nowacki 1-4; T-Sines 3-52, Hogue 4-19, Gionti 1-15, Ricky Brown 1-46, Cooper Lamey 1-4.