November 28, 2013 Issue
Warriors end season
By Parish Howard
The Warriors ended their season 8-4 Friday, four hours from home in the second round of the playoffs against the Tigers of Carver-Columbus.
Both teams’ defenses had powerful performances, closing holes and piling punishing blows on ball-carriers.
“Our defense has played well all year and they made us proud Friday,” Coach J.B. Arnold said. “We changed their scheme up this year and it really showed all year long.”
In the first quarter, the Warrior defensive-squad held the Tigers to less than 25 yards of total offense.
It was in their opening drive of the second quarter that the Tigers were able to string together enough 2- and 5-yard plays to put their first points on the board.
“Carver was really athletic and scored on two amazingly athletic plays,” Arnold said. “One was a half-back pass that went right through the arms of two of our defenders and their receiver made a great catch. On the other we had the quarterback scrambling and the wide receiver changed his route, caught the ball and ran 50 yards for a touchdown. Take away those two exceptionally athletic plays and we only get beat 7-0.”
The Tigers’ second TD came in the final minutes of the first half and their third just as the end of the third quarter.
In all the Warrior defense held the Tigers to 115 yards rushing on 44 carries. The Tigers completed seven of 10 passes for 130 yards.
“I think the real difference was that we couldn’t get any momentum going on offense,” Arnold said. “Every time we’d get some positive yards we’d get an offensive penalty that set us back. We picked up the same first down three times and still ended up having to punt because of a penalty.
“It didn’t help that our starting quarterback was still out hurt. But our sophomore stepped up and did what he could.”
Tyrone Bell completed six of 12 passes for 37 yards and carried the ball eight times.
Cartabious Quarterman, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, was held to just 27 yards rushing. He caught two passes for 7 yards.
Tyler Williams had 21 yards on six carries and LaDerrick Hammond had four for 12. Don Farmer had two for six and Kobe Jackson two for three. Jadarious Roberts caught three passes for 27 yards and Jackson caught one for three.
“Once you get to the second round and play this kind of quality team, your weaknesses start sticking out like a sore thumb,” Arnold said. “We didn’t run the ball well and we had offensive penalties at crucial times that really hurt us. We made some young mistakes on offense.”
The Warriors end their season 8-4, an improvement over last year’s 4-7.
Next year the Warriors will drop classifications to AA.
“That’s all we know right now,” Arnold said. “On Dec. 3 we will be meeting to set the regions. It was great to play competitively against the great competition we have faced the last two years. We have had some really tough schedules in a really tough region. To make it to the second round of the playoffs playing schools this much bigger than us really says something about our players, our coaches and the program we are working hard to create.”
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