Williamstown plays host to improving Warren

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Warren’s Evan Gandee attempts to make a reception during a high school football game against Crooksville earlier this season in Vincent.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Warren will be hitting the road for an away game against the Williamstown Yellowjackets this Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Williamstown currently is on a five-game win streak and will be looking to add another tally to its winning record. Last week the ‘Jackets pulled off a large victory against Tyler Consolidated in a matchup that ended 51-18. A big credited win not just for the Williamstown offensive staples Donathan Taylor and Carter Haynes, but also for the ‘Jackets’ offensive line, which created crucial opportunities for their run plays. The now (6-1) ‘Jackets average 39 points per game.

“The guys are in form and are doing a good job,” said Williamstown head coach Terry Smith. “They’ve had great practices and our seniors have shown up to both practices and games.”

Warren recently snapped a 20-game losing streak with a victory two weeks ago against Crooksville, 20-14. Brandon Simoniette has been the go-to QB since that recent win and has since started last week against Oak Glen where the Warriors suffered a narrow defeat, 21-20.

“They’ve had pretty close games,” Smith said of the Warriors. “They do a good job.”

Another playmaker for the Warriors that will be on the field Friday night is Tyler Schafer, who has been Warren’s top rusher this year with 87 rushes for 370 yards. Schafer averages 4.3 yards per carry. Also adding to the offensive efforts are Warren’s receivers, who are looking to build upon their revitalized offensive strategy since the success against Crooksville. Evan Gandee has 24 receptions for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns and will be in Simoniette’s arsenal.

A big move for Williamstown is to continue to capitalize on its offensive rushing success. Taylor, Haynes and Moore are the leading rushers for the Yellowjackets this season.

Last week, Taylor had 3 touchdowns on the night and the Yellowjacket gave all the credit to his offensive line. Haynes has had 86 attempts for 484 yards with 7 touchdowns on the season. Moore has had 48 attempts with 249 yards averaging 5.6 yards per carry for 3 touchdowns.