Warren falls to Meadville, 45-6
The Dragons knew Meadville would be good. The Bulldogs beat Warren twice last season, including a lopsided game in the District 10 playoffs.
Knowing that and being able to do something about it are two totally different things.
Meadville tacked on a third touchdown with seven seconds to go in the first half and cruised to a 45-6 win at Warren Saturday at War Memorial Field.
The only good news is that Warren (1-3) has played the toughest part of its schedule in losing by a combined 106-6 the past two weeks at home to Oil City and Meadville. The Dragons next travel to 0-5 Titusville at 7 p.m. Friday.
Meadville had three running backs rush for more than150 yards each and had more than 500 yards of total offense to a little more than 200 for Warren (most of those with the game out of reach).
Sophomore Khalon Simmons didn’t take long to show off his speed with a 49-yard touchdown run, his first of four scores, at 8:39 of the first quarter. He added touchdowns from 15, 16, and 61 yards en route to 192 yards on only 12 carries.
Junior Griffin Buzzell finished with 173 yards and a TD with 126 of those yards coming in the first half on just five totes. A 62-yard run set up Simmons’ second score.
Tamoj Lyons-Glover also followed dominating line play for 157 yards and a score on 12 carries. He caught Meadville’s only two completions for 33 yards, another touchdown, this one was tough to swallow at just seven seconds to go in the first half.
“The effort is there, though,” said Warren coach Mark Morelli. He said the Dragons took to heart what the coaches have been preaching about working hard all week.
“1-3 doesn’t look good, but if we keep playing hard, good things will come. There were times tonight we played good football, on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, we weren’t consistent enough. At times, we’re there.”
The second half was a complete opposite of the first on offense as Warren ran 20 times compared to throwing 23 times from behind in the second half.
Junior backup quarterback Landon Douvlos was put in late in the first half to create a spark and finished 12 of 25 passing for 156 yards. He found a wide-open Alex Borger, who raced down the left sideline for Warren’s only score from 43 yards out with 45 seconds to play. Douvlos also threw an interception that Meadville ran back for a score only to have it called back due to an illegal block.
Meadville is 4-1 and 3-1 in region play (its only loss to 5-0 Oil City).
Other highlights: Freshman Tommy Nyquist caught two passes for 40 yards for Warren. Senior James Swanson had 27 tough yards rushing in the first half. Blake Arnold blocked his second point-after kick in as many weeks. Senior quarterback Micah Passmore completed three passes for 16 yards and caught three for 21 yards. Passmore also made a fourth-down defensive stop on Meadville drive in which Simmons had a fifth touchdown called back for a bad block. Meadville finished with 10 penalties for 105 yards. Warren had 45-1/2 yards in penalties.
MEADVILLE 14 7 12 12 – 45
WARREN 0 0 0 6 – 6
M-Simmons 49 run, 8:39 (Burchard kick)
M-Simmons 15 run, 1:15 (Burchard kick)
M-Lyons-Glover 10 pass from Burchard, :07 (Burchard kick)
M-Simmons 16 run, 9:32 (Kick blocked)
M-Simmons 61 run, 2:02 (Kick fails)
M-Lyons-Glover 77 run, 9:07 (Pass fails)
M-Buzzell 1 run, 3:12 (Run fails)
W-Borger 43 pass from Douvlos, :45 (Pass fails)
Rushing: M-Simmons 12-192, 4 TD; Buzzell 14-173, TD; Lyons-Glover 12-157, TD; Burchard 4-9; W-Swanson 12-29; Passmore 8-11; Douvlos 4-(-4); Borger 1-1.
Passing: M-Burchard 2 of 3 for 33 yards, TD; W-Douvlos 12 of 25 for 156 yards, TD, INT; Passmore 3 of 6 for 16 yards.
Receiving: M-Lyons-Glover 2-33, TD; W-Borger 4-56, TD; Nyquist 2-40; Swanson 2-27; Passmore 3-21; White 2-13; Wilson 2-12.