YOUNGSVILLE — Fun.
That’s the best way to describe Warren’s first win of the season, 50-28 over non-area Girard on Friday at Youngsville High School.
Yes, Youngsville High School. The Dragons moved a home game to the neighboring county school due to renovations at War Memorial Field.
It was probably the most fun for three rookies who attend Youngsville High School but also play for the Dragons through co-op. One of those Dragons, senior Ethan Senz, rushed for 135 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
“Bringing the whole team here and getting the win, which was the most important thing, was great.” Senz said after the game.
It was Warren’s first win after two lopsided losses to open the season.
“We’ve been preaching the effort for the past two weeks,” said Warren’s coach Mark Morelli. “And, tonight, with the effort they put in, the scoreboard shows the results.”
Especially the second quarter. Tied at 7-all, Warren scored 36 points to lead 43-13 at halftime.
After Cayden Wright’s second of three touchdown receptions gave Warren a 15-7 lead, another Youngsville senior led the way. Literally.
Alan McAllister blocked a punt that landed in the hands of Tommy Nyquist, who then ran 19 yards for another score from Warren. Nyquist finished with three touchdowns – one rushing, one receiving and one returning, and added two interceptions on defense.
“We had that last game here in eighth grade, and having the opportunity to come back and play here (Mike Shine Field) again is fun,” McAllister said. “I thought this field was finished (used).”
Everyone got into action. Wright also assisted Nyquist on a hook-and-ladder play that went 50 yards from the scrum, first a 5-yard pass to Wright, then Nyquist took it the rest of the way. Wright finished with 150 yards on seven catches.
Eric Dippold passed for 213 yards on just eight completions — four for touchdowns. That, and the defense made Girard’s quarterback run for his life.
“The pitch has never been so beautiful”said Brandon Sutton, a starting tackle for the Dragons and a student at Youngsville High School. “And honestly, it feels good to play here again.”
Warren 50, Girard 28
Girard 7 6 7 8 — 28
Warren 7 36 7 0 — 50
W–Cayden Wright 14 pass from Eric Dippold, 7:14 (shot from Gavin Rex)
G–Zachery Lowe 10 points, 5:24 (48 kicks)
W–Wright 40 pass from Dippold, 11:49 (Rex kick)
W – Tommy Nyquist 19 punt return, 7:57 (Colin Shene 2 point PAT pass from Dippold)
W–Nyquist 10 run, 6:08 (Rex kick)
G – Stephen Foster 75 kick return, 5:54 (PAT run failure)
W–Ethan Senz 10 run (Rex kick)
W – Nyquist 45 touchdown after receiving 5 yards to Wright from Dippold and hook-and-ladder play, 0:00 (Rex kick)
G–Jeremiah Colon 26 pass from Gabe Messmer, 8:51 (48 kicks)
W–Wright 69 pass from Dippold, 6:36 (Rex kick)
G – Foster 15 passes from Messmer, 1:17 (2-point colon PAT run)
PREVIOUS: W-Nyquist 15-66, TD; Senz 12-135, TD; Sam Harvey 5-15; Dippold 3-(-16); Brady Shene 2-(-2); Hector Cruz 2-(-9); Hayden Raffaele 1-(-1); Wright 1-2. G-Messmer 8-39; Zahmare Wyche 6-18; Lowe 3-14, TD; Jordan Colon 2-40; #27 1-(-2).
PASS: W – Dippold 8 for 19 for 213 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT. G-Messmer 8 for 17 for 109 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs.
RECEPTION: W–Wright 7-150, 3 TD; Shene 1-18; Nyquist 0-45, TD. G-Foster 2-26, TD; Colon 2-9; #27 1-26, TD; Gunner Bax 1-19; Caleb Pinaire 1-21, Lowe 1-6; Cullen Smith 0-2.