The Kane Tornados, the preseason favorite, blanked the Warren Dawgs 14-0 at War Memorial Field.
Finally having a full roster for the second straight game, Kane has outscored its last two opponents 47-0 through eight quarters.
For much of the first half, it was a defensive slugfest, but Kane was finally able to flip the field in its favor starting at Warren’s 44-yard line. The Tornados would drive to the Warren 22 before Clay Cummings would pick off a Kane pass at the 4-yard line. Three straight plays for no gain had the Dawgs punting from their own end zone. A rare bad punt would put Kane at Warren’s 28 yard line. Kane would drive it to the 15 and, as time expired in the first half, Kane would score the first points of the game via pass. The Tornados led 7-0 at halftime.
Coming out after the break, Keegan Weissinger, Johnny Nunez, Chase Raub and Clay Cummings would guide a methodical drive down to the Kane 12-yard line. A couple of mistakes would put the ball back to the Kane 18. A fourth-down Weissinger pass to the end zone was dropped and the Dawgs turned the ball over on downs.
Kane would then drive 82 yards to cap off its scoring and make it 14-0. Warren would take the ball at its own 35-yard line and be on the field for the entire fourth quarter, driving the ball to the Kane 4-yard line with little time remaining. Once again, mistakes cost the offense and the game would end on a fourth-down incomplete pass to the end zone.
The Dawgs’ offense would accumulate 116 total yards, led by Keegan Weissinger’s 79 yards passing and 28 yards rushing. Clay Cummings led all receivers with 39 yards. Nunez, Raub and Clayton Hammerbeck also had receptions.
Warren’s defense would allow a season-high 151 total yards and also give up its first points of the season. Weissinger paced the defense with eight tackles, followed by Raub’s six and Noah Pape’s three, including a sack. Hunter Ingerson and Johnny Nunez had tackles, and Cummings picked off a pass.
The Dawgs (3-1)are back in action this Saturday against Otto Eldred (0-4). Game time set for 11 a.m.