Warren comes to life after slow first quarter en route to 45-13 win
TITUSVILLE — Warren was stuck in the mud to start its nonregion game at Titusville on Friday. When the Dragons got out, they pounded their way to a 45-13 win.
“It’s a great feeling for the kids,” said Warren coach Mark Morelli, whose Dragons are 2-3 overall. “We just can’t seem to start off clicking on all cylinders. When we made the adjustments, the players came up with big plays.”
Warren committed 12 first-half penalties, and trailed 7-6 after one quarter. Once the Dragons got out of their own way, they scored 39 unanswered points with contributions from everyone.
The Dragons had 264 total yards in the first half. After quarterback Micah Passmore’s 1-yard, first-quarter score, Warren didn’t score until 4:24 left in the half. Then again at 3:02. And again at 1:18.
Passmore’s shovel pass to James Swanson went 47 yards for the second TD, and Alex Borger’s 30-yard run on a reverse put Warren ahead 18-7.
After getting the ball back in a hurry, junior Landon Douvlos hit Swanson with a bullet downfield for a 48-yard score.
Warren opportunities were created over and over by a defense that had four first-half sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception late. Blake Arnold had a fourth-down tackle for loss, Cody Vega a sack, Alex Ziegler a forced fumble on a sack, and Donovan Fiscus an interception.
Offensively, Swanson was doing everything. He had 75 yards rushing on 10 carries in the first half, and 157 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Swanson finished with 139 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Up 25-7 at halftime, Warren didn’t complete a second-half pass, but ran for 191 more yards with eight different backs, including two freshmen who scored in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
After another Passmore rushing touchdown, freshman Sam Harvey’s 3-yard score made it a 39-7 lead. Another freshman, Tommy Nyquist, ran for 54 yards on nine carries and Warren’s last touchdown of the game.
Vega had another sack in the second half, and Arnold had Warren’s second fumble recovery and third turnover of the game.
Sheffield players got their first win since joining the co-op with Warren.
“For everything we’ve been through this season — as a team, it’s good to see,” said Morelli.
Titusville accumulated 77 yards in the first half and 72 in the second half. The Rockets, led by Kolin Baker’s 24 carries for 73 yards, are 0-6.
Warren 6 19 14 6 — 45
Titusville 7 0 0 6 — 13
W–Passmore 1 run, 7:20 (kick failed)
T–Baker 1 run, 0:15 (Donovan kick)
W–Swanson 47 pass from Passmore, 4:24 (pass failed)
W–Borger 30 run, 3:02 (kick failed)
W–Swanson 48 pass from Douvlos, 1:18 (Ziegler kick)
W–Passmore 5 run, 9:58 (kick failed)
W–Harvey 3 run, 5:19 (Shaffer pass from Douvlos)
W–Nyquist 1 run, 10:16 (kick failed)
T-Elan 4 run, 4:15 (kick failed)
W–Swanson 15-139; Passmore 10-52, 2TD; Nyquist 9-54, TD; Borger 3-62, TD; Douvlos 2-(-3); Senz 2-(-9); Harvey 1-3, TD; Shene 1-2. T–Baker 24-73, TD; Covell 2-19; Malave 1-1; Stearns 2-23; Elan 4-12, TD; Tarr 1-1; Knapp 6-(-39).
W–Douvlos 4 of 11 for 92 yards, TD, INT; Passmore 1 of 2 for 47 yards, TD; Borger 1 of 1 for 18 yards. T–Knapp 7 of 15 for 94 yards, INT.
W–Swanson 6-157, 2TD. T–Covell 4-55; Stearns 2-36; Baker 1-3.