Warren rallies: Klintworth tosses 3 TDS in 20-13 win against MHS

Warren needed a gridiron win and got it, defeating arch-rival Marietta High 20-13 in United Way Bowl action at Don Drumm Stadium Friday night.

Senior quarterback Austin Klintworth led the Warriors (1-1) with three touchdown passes, two to David Ryan and one to Jake Scott. In the all-time series, the royal blue and white has now won three in a row.

“It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but it’s good to get a win,” said Warren head coach Andy Schob. Both teams played hard.”

Marietta’s only TD was a 39-yard pass from John Henry to Aaron Elliott just before halftime. The Tigers (1-1) also benefitted from two safeties.

“It was a great game game,” said Marietta head coach Adam Eichhorn. “It’s what you expect from a rivalry game.”

After Marietta went three-and-out on its first offensive possession, Warren got good field position on the Tigers’ 36. An MHS personal foul put the ball on the 20.

A couple of plays later, Klintworth passed 14 yards to Scott for a touchdown. Cole Wigal’s point after TD was good, and the royal blue and white led 7-0 at the 7:45 mark.

MHS came right back, and moved the ball, mostly on the ground, to the Warren 7. There, though, the Tigers fumbled a snap, and had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Eric Pierce to cut it to 7-3.

Just before the half, Pierce punted the ball inside the Warren 10 to the eight-yard line. On the Warriors’ first play from scrimmage, Klintworth was tackled in the end zone by Marietta’s Garrett Davis for a two-point safety. That reduced the deficit to two.

After Marietta got the ensuing kick, and with time running out, Henry, filling in for injured starting QB Anthony Kimbrough, hit freshman Elliott with a 39-yard scoring strike to give the Tigers their first advantage of the contest. Pierce’s PAT attempt was blocked by the Warriors.

“We kind of put ourselves in a hole, but our kids battled,” Schob said.

At the break, Marietta led 11-7.

Defensively, the Tigers limited the Warriors to 28 total yards in the first half.

“We played really tough D against Warren in the first half,” Eichhorn said.

On offense, MHS had good balance with 125 rushing yards and 123 passing yards for a total of 248 yards. Chance Wright rushed for 51 yards on seven carries.

“We were able to move the ball against them, but some penalties got us, stopped our momentum, and hurt us,” Eichhorn said.

Warren had the ball to start the second half, and a bad center snap to Klintworth went out of the end zone for another safety for Marietta. At the 11:14 mark, the Tigers owned a 13-7 advantage.

Warren had better field position on its second offensive position, and moved the ball to the MHS 28, where Klintworth passed 28 yards to senior tight end Ryan for a score at the 6:01 mark, tying the game at 13-all. Wigal’s PAT attempt was blocked by the Tigers.

Late in the third period, the Warriors again got good field position after an MHS punt on the Tiger 36.

Four plays later, Klintworth hooked up a second time with a wide-open Ryan for a 24-yard TD pass with no time remaining on the clock. Wigal’s kick was good, and the royal blue and white led 20-13 going into the final stanza.

“We kept trying to run the ball against Marietta, but they kept stopping us,” Schob said. “All three of our touchdowns came on play action.”

Early in the fourth Warren’s Zach Clegg recovered a Henry fumble, and the Warriors were back in business again in Tiger territory.

But Marietta’s D stepped up, and Kimbrough intercepted a Klintworth throw on a fourth-and-10 situation about midway through the quarter. Both schools went scoreless in the final period. In Week 3, Marietta is scheduled to host Williamstown in a non-conference game Friday at 7:30 p.m., while Warren will be entertaining Athens on the same night at the same time.