Prep football: Warren faces PHS at Don Drumm Saturday night

VINCENT – Warren is planning to use two quarterbacks in its season opener against Parkersburg High at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Don Drumm Stadium.

“At this point, both Austin Klintworth and Andrew Henthorn will have packages built for them,” said fourth-year Warriors’ head football coach Andy Schob. “Both QBs have done a good job in the preseason and can lead our team.

“With injuries to our top two running backs during the preseason (Jared Isner and Mark McDermott), it has created a need to use Henthorn at RB, but he will also play QB.”

Henthorn, a junior, is probably more of a scrambler, while Klintworth, a senior, is basically a pocket passer, who is capable of running the ball if he has to. In a scrimmage at Morgan on Aug. 23, the twosome moved the chains well, but the Warriors didn’t take care of the football (five turnovers) and had some costly penalties that stalled drives.

“We were inside the 10-yard line twice and inside the 25 another three times, and only came away with three points,” Schob said. “While we had some success, but we are not good enough to overcome a few mistakes, let alone that many (turnovers).

“We have done a great job this offseason with eliminating mistakes, but will have to work hard this week to reinforce the fundamentals we have been working on.”

Joining Klintworth and Henthorn in the backfield will be Jake Scott and Aaron Sealey, who will be sharing time at the fullback position.

“Aaron’s had a great preseason,” Schob said.

At running back, look for either Jake Powell, Justus Johnson and Noy Rogers.

David Ryan, a 6-foot-4, 201-pound senior, figures to be the Warren quarterbacks’ primary receiver.

On the offensive and defensive lines, look for people like Mikeal Hinton, Tyler Welch, Chris Massey, Gunnar Smith, Brandon Pahl, Cody Dobbs, Conner Cisler, David Rowland, Collin Welch, and Zach Clegg to name a few.

“Our offensive and defensive lines should be a strength with both size and experience,” Schob said.

Warren has not played the Parkersburg Big Reds on the gridiron since dropping a 29-3 decision to them in 2001. In the series against PHS, the Warriors are winless at 0-4, and have been outscored 155-10.

“I am excited that Parkersburg is on our schedule again and that we get the opportunity to open the season and build excitement to the start of the regular season,” Schob said. “I grew up with the Marietta/Parkersburg rivalry game and always looked forward to that game.

“I understand that Parkersburg is twice our size. Despite all the factors in Parkersburg’s favor, this is a game that should be played every year as it brings interest and excitement to the area.”

Don Reeves-coached PHS, 4-6 (like Warren) last season, is expected to be quarterbacked by senior Aaron Roberts. The red and white QB’s primary receiving target will probably be junior Dan Fox.

Joining Roberts in the backfield will more than likely be Dylan Thomas and team captains’ and running backs’ Chandler Hamilton and Melvin Stubbs

“The Big Reds are very talented and deep,” Schob said. “We will have to play aggressive yet fundamental football for all four quarters.”

Warren’s season opener was originally scheduled to be played at Stadium Field on Friday, but due to construction at the facility, the venue was changed to Don Drumm Stadium, a neutral site. The Warriors did offer to host the game in Vincent, but the Big Reds declined.

“Playing at Don Drumm against Parkersburg is not an advantage for us,” Schob said. “Home, away, or neutral site, once the whistle blows, you just play football.

“But I definitely enjoy coming to Marietta and playing at such a great facility as Marietta College. I do hope that the Parkersburg kids and community will be able to play the rest of their home schedule at Stadium field, it is a great facility as well, and there is something special about Friday night football in a community.”