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Warriors win big at home against Bulldogs

Stephanie King

Rivalries are one of the best parts of sports and Friday night fans turned out in droves to watch the Wheatmore Warriors take on the Trinity Bulldogs. Wheatmore entered the game 0-1 in PAC-7 conference play and 2-4 overall on the season, while Trinity was 0-0 in conference play and 0-5 overall on the season.

Wheatmore received the ball to start the first quarter and quickly got into a rhythm offensively. The Warriors drove down the field picking up their first touchdown during the first two minutes of the quarter. The extra point from Bailey Owens was good as the Warriors took a 7-0 lead. Trinity got their first crack on offense but struggled against the Warrior defense. Wheatmore forced the Bulldogs to fourth down which forced them to punt the ball away. Gabe Hernandez picked up a big punt return before a block in the back call against the Warriors brought the ball back. Wheatmore quickly made up the lost yardage with a couple of pass plays including a 36-yard pass from Nick Halo to Zach Berrier for the Warriors’ second touchdown of the night. Trinity blocked the extra point attempt and trailed the Warriors 13-0.

The Bulldogs continued to have difficulty working their way around the Wheatmore defense. The Warriors eventually pushed the Bulldogs back to fourth and 20 where they punted the ball away. Wheatmore took over on the Bulldogs’ 15-yard line wasting no time moving the ball into the end zone. Hernandez found Halo after a couple of reverses for a touchdown with 3:21 left in the first quarter. The extra point was good giving the Warriors a 20-0 lead. David Makupson returned the ensuing kickoff 26-yards to set up the Bulldogs’ next offensive possession.  Tucker Case took back to back handoffs for the Bulldogs picking up 13 yards to give Trinity a first down. The Bulldogs could not get much going after that and were forced to punt on fourth down. Wheatmore took over on their own 28-yard line and closed out the quarter with a couple of long-distance pass plays. Halo connected with Berrier and Hernandez for a combined 52-yards before the end of the quarter. After one complete quarter, Wheatmore led 20-0.

The Warriors opened the second quarter on the Bulldogs’ 18-yard line and went to work on offense. Halo tucked the ball ran the 18 yards into the end zone, but a flag against the Warriors brought the ball back. Wheatmore could not get themselves back into the end zone and settled for a field goal. Owens nailed the field goal giving the Warriors a 23-0 lead with 10:49 left in the half. Trinity’s Dylan Hodges returned the kickoff eight yards before the Bulldogs fumbled the ball during their first couple of plays. Wheatmore recovered taking over on the Bulldogs’ 19-yard line. Garrett Moser picked up 15-yards on a carry to put the ball on the four-yard line and give the Warriors another first down. Moser picked up two more yards before Austin Biggs punched the ball in for six with 7:39 remaining. Owens’ extra point attempt was blocked as the Warriors led 29-0. Trinity started their next drive on their own 20-yard line, but once again fumbled the ball early in the possession. Camden Wishon came up with the fumble for the Warriors. Trinity’s defense stepped up the Warriors’ next offensive possession forcing them to turn the ball over on downs.

Trinity continued to struggle offensively as they were forced to pun the ball on fourth down once again. Wheatmore took over on their own 45-yard line and quickly moved the ball down the field. Berrier and Moser combined to pick up 20-yards on the ground before Berrier caught a 30-yard pass from Halo to put the ball at the Trinity two-yard line. Moser ran the final two yards in for the score. Halo connected with Berrier again this time on a two-point conversion giving the Warriors a 37-0 lead with 35 seconds left on the clock. Trinity took over on their own 40-yard line and was finally able to move the ball up the field. Caleb Green picked up a first down for the Bulldogs before Chandler Snell connected with a receiver to put the ball inside the Warriors’ 10-yard line as the halftime buzzer sounded. At the half, Wheatmore was in full control 37-0.

The second half of play would be a quick one as the Warriors scored during the opening minutes to force a running clock the rest of the game. Halo connected with Biggs twice, once for a 27-yard first down and then a 17-yard touchdown, during the Warriors opening drive of the half. The extra point was good giving the Warriors a 44-0 lead. Trinity’s offense started to come alive during the third quarter before Alex Dutterer picked off a pass for the Warriors. Moser picked up 40-yards on the ground to put the Warriors in Trinity territory just before the third quarter came to a close. After three quarters, Wheatmore led Trinity 44-0.

Moser opened the fourth quarter with a 17-yard first-down run before Halo connected with Berrier for a pick up of eight. The Warriors went back to Moser for a 15-yard pick up and the touchdown. The extra point attempt was not good as the Warriors took a 50-0 lead. The Bulldogs’ offensive woes continued as Ben Walker came down with the Warriors’ second interception of the night. The Warriors would not be able to get anything going and punted the ball on fourth down moments later. Trinity would have the ball until time expired. Wheatmore got the win 50-0 over rival Trinity at home.

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