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Warren hopes to start modest winning streak

They say that winning cures what ails ya.

It had to feel pretty good for the Dragons to follow up big losses against Oil City and Meadville with a resounding win at Titusville last week. Trailing 7-6 after one quarter on the road, in the mud and cold, the Dragons reeled off 39 unanswered points and won 45-13. There were some good moments of offense, defense, and special teams in the win with two touchdowns each from seniors Nick Swanson and Micah Passmore, and one from senior Alex Borger, and ending with one each from freshmen Sam Harvey and Tommy Nyquist. Warren had two sacks from Cody Vega, two fumble recoveries, and an interception by Donovan Fiscus.

The thing is, Corry had a big win last week, too.

The teams will meet at 3 p.m. today at Corry Area High School.

“Corry (2-4) is coming off a big overtime win over North East,” said Warren head coach Mark Morelli, whose Dragons are 2-3. “In fact, both of their wins have been overtime affairs with North East. Landon Weis was a big part of that win with 257 yards rushing and being named the D-10 player of the week, so we have our work cut out for us, defensively.

“Offensively, we were able to get rolling once the second quarter started last week, but we can not afford a slow start vs. Corry,” said Morelli. “Our goals remain the same, win out, and go 5-3.”

Warren will try to stop Corry’s running attack, first.

“The keys Saturday are finding a way to limit the big plays that Weis is capable of making with his running ability,” said Morelli. “Nathan Lesher, the QB, is a kid we need to account for as well; he is a capable runner. If our offense picks up where we left off last week vs. Titusville, it should be a good game.”

Things have changed in a hurry for Warren’s season despite not having playoff plans.

“If you are inflexible or resistant to change, the year 2020 is not for you,” said Morelli. “I think our kids and coaching staff have handled things as well as they can. Sure, we would have liked to have had a better record and made the playoffs, but we need to keep in mind that, so far, we have been able to play seven games. Back in the summer, there was a lot of uncertainty. We did not even know if we would have a season. So, in some ways, this makes up for our seniors missing their junior-year spring sports season.”

Warren’s junior varsity football team plays Corry at 6 p.m. Monday at War Memorial Field.

The varsity will add its seventh game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, vs. Moniteau at War Memorial Field.

“Moniteau is a replacement for Conneaut,” said Morelli. ” The JVs are looking for a game on Monday, Nov. 2, and the varsity closes out the season on Saturday, Nov. 7, with a home game vs. Franklin at 1:30 p.m.”

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