Warren, Eisenhower turn in strong showings at Corry 7-on-7 tournament

Warren’s Jamo Douvlos eyes up the football right before making an interception during Saturday’s quartefinal matchup against Eisenhower at the Corry 7-on-7 Passing Tournament and Big Man Challenge. The Dragons went on to win the game on a day that saw both teams put together a number of strong performances.

CORRY, Pa. – This Thursday, Warren and Eisenhower will meet for a joint practice as they inch closer to the first official date of heat acclimation on Aug. 6.

Saturday at the Corry 7-on-7 Passing Tournament and Big Man Challenge, both got a chance to get some more work in against other schools – even each other, as August rapidly approaches.

Warren got the best of the Knights in their quarterfinal matchup and the clock ran out on the Dragons in their semifinal matchup against Maplewood, a contest in which each team scored every time they had the ball until Warren’s last ditch effort as time expired.

Maplewood was edged by Mercyhurst Prep for the 7-on-7 crown in the 12-team field in what was a day that got the competitive juices flowing for all the teams.

Eisenhower’s linemen finished third in the Big Man Challenge, with Joey Bauer having a particularly strong day in the individual events. Warren competed in the 7-on-7 portion of the day only.

The Eisenhower lineman take part in the tug-of-war competition at the Corry 7-on-7 Passing Tournament and Big Man Challenge on Saturday at Corry High School. The Knights took home third place in the Big Man portion of Saturday’s competition.

For their part, both Warren coach Mark Morelli and Eisenhower coach Jim Penley like where their teams are at.

“What is evident is you can see the work that is being put in,” Morelli said. “We lost two games here (the other was to Mercyhurst Prep in pool play), both by one score. The competitive nature is there. It gives us an idea of the progress we’ve made, but we have to keep working at it.”

Eisenhower defeated Cambridge Springs and North East in pool play, while Warren beat Franklin and Fredonia (NY).

Penley noted the continued progress of sophomore quarterback Owen Trumbull, as well as several others, including but not limited to Riley West, Garrett Head and Ethan Chambers.

Warren senior quarterback Jake Kupchella had another strong day throwing the football and a number of Dragons also were very impressive, including Devin McMeans, Ryan Arnold, Marvin Bryant, Alex Anderson and Jamo Douvlos, among others.

Warren’s Ryan Arnold leaps up to make a catch against Eisenhower in their quarterfinal matchup at the Corry 7-on-7 Passing Tournament and Big Man Challenge on Saturday at Corry High School. Arnold had a strong day as the Dragons advanced to the semifinals of the competition before bowing out in a tight contest against Maplewood.

“We’re happy with the progress some of the kids have made this summer,” Morelli said. “We’ve seen some major improvement because of the work they’ve put in the weight room and in conditioning.”

Warren’s Ryan Arnold leaps up to make a catch against Eisenhower in their quarterfinal matchup at the Corry 7-on-7 Passing Tournament and Big Man Challenge on Saturday at Corry High School. Arnold had a strong day as the Dragons advanced to the semifinals of the competition before bowing out in a tight contest against Maplewood.

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