Warren dominates first half to beat Corry, 52-21
CORRY — Warren scored early and often to win its second straight, defeating Corry, 52-21, on Saturday.
The Dragons accumulated 509 yards of total offense, including 336 in the first half, to improve to 3-3 overall.
“We had a little more intensity from the start,” said Warren coach Mark Morelli. “When our kids have their minds focused on playing the game of football, they can do these things.”
The Dragons didn’t start slowly this week as James Swanson took the second play from scrimmage to the house, a 60-yard touchdown run. He added a second touchdown five minutes later and the Dragons, with two 2-point conversions, led 16-0. Corry punted on all three first-quarter possessions, pinned by Warren’s special teams inside their own 25 all three times. The Dragons scored on all three of theirs. Landon Douvlos hit Donovan Fiscus on a 33-yard strike and, after another 2-point conversion, the Dragons led 24-0.
Warren scored on two of its three second-quarter possessions, too, including another TD pass from Douvlos to Fiscus, a toe-tapping 16-yard catch at the back of the end zone.
After a 58-yard catch and run from Corry’s Nathan Lesher to Landen Weis, Warren’s Micah Passmore answered with a 2-yard scamper. Warren’s fourth 2-point conversion made the score 38-8 at the half. Warren started that last possession of the half on its own 13 with 1:26 left, but a nifty pass down the left sideline from Douvlos to Passmore went for 71 yards deep into Corry territory.
The half ended with an emphatic sack from Warren’s Easton Hultberg, his first of two in the game before a minor ankle injury. Passmore also departed and had his ankle wrapped, but the damage had been done.
Swanson finished with 169 yards rushing, 146 and the two quick scores in the first half.
Douvlos finished 6 of 8 for a scorching 204 yards passing, including 3 of 3 in the second half. His play-action pass down the middle to Alex Borger went 35 yards for the Dragons’ final score. It capped a 79-yard drive and a zero-turnover day. He also completed the 2-point conversion pass to Cedric Arline II, dazzling from Arline’s perspective as he tipped it twice to himself and toe-tapped the sideline for a 52-14 lead.
Freshman Tommy Nyquist didn’t just spell Passmore in the second half; he ran for 36 of his 61 yards in the half, plus a touchdown. Nyquist made one defender tackle air on a play called back by penalty.
Corry (2-5) was led by senior back Weis’ 201 total yards and two scores. He had 20 carries and five catches.
After losses to playoff-bound Oil City and Meadville, Morelli said his goal for the Dragons was to win their last four games to finish 5-3. They are halfway there with home games left vs. Moniteau and Franklin.
Warren 24 14 6 8 — 52
Corry 0 8 6 7 — 21
W–Swanson 60 run, 11:20 (Passmore pass to Borger)
W–Swanson 15 run, 5:52 (Douvlos pass to Arline II)
W–Fiscus 33 pass from Douvlos, 1:45 (Passmore run)
W–Fiscus 16 pass from Douvlos, 2:19 (run failed)
C–Weis 58 pass from Lesher, 1:32 (Lesher pass to Allen)
W–Passmore 2 run, 0:16 (Douvlos pass to Swanson)
C–Lesher 1 run, 7:08 (run failed)
W–Nyquist 4 run, 3:33 (pass failed)
W–Borger 35 pass from Douvlos, 10:03 (Douvlos pass to Arline II)
C–Weis 9 run, 7:55 (Fuller kick)
RUSHING: W–Swanson 17-169, 2TD; Nyquist 8-61, TD; Passmore 4-36, TD; Douvlos 3-17; Borger 2-13; White 3-11; Senz 1-4; Shene 1-1; Swick 1-(-6); Arline II 1-(-1). C–Weis 20-123, TD; Lesher 5-21, TD; Knapp 6-19.
PASSING: W–Douvlos 6 of 8 for 204 yards, 3TD. C–Lesher 8 of 15 for 106 yards, TD; Jackson 1 of 2 for 17 yards.
RECEIVING: W–Borger 2-76, TD; Fiscus 2-49, 2TD; Passmore 1-71; Shaffer 1-8. C–Weis 5-78, TD; Allen 3-28; Yatsko 1-17.