Warren Warriors stifle Oak Glen Golden Bears, 28-0
VINCENT – The Warren Warriors dominated the trenches on both sides of the line of scrimmage Saturday night, defeating visiting Oak Glen 28-0. Warren held the Golden Bears to -8 rushing yards, and 86 total stripes on the evening, while rolling up 299 rushing yards of their own offensively. Junior running back Cole Riffle led the charge for the Warriors, rushing for 184 yards and three scores on 26 carries.
Oak Glen (1-3) had their best drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff.
Bears quarterback Lance Collins connected on his first five passing attempts on a 14-play drive which consumed most of the first quarter clock, but a sack on third-and-seven from the Warrior 25, followed by his first incompletion, allowed the home team to hold.
Collins gave a solid effort in defeat, completing 11 of 22 passing attempts for 94 yards. Wideout Chase Crago was his main target, catching six aerials for 66 yards in the contest.
After holding on fourth down, Warren embarked upon a lengthy possession of its own. Quarterback Ronnie Hill picked up a first down with a well executed bootleg, and Riffle began as he continued, rushing for 40 of the drive’s 71 yards.
The junior completed the drive with the first of his three TD’s, smashing in on an off-tackle run from six yards out. Matthew Modesitt converted the first of his four extra points, and Warren led 7-0 with 10:55 remaining in the first half.
The Golden Bears drove into Warren territory again on their next possession, aided by a late-hit penalty, but the Warrior defense forced a Collins incompletion on 4th-and-2 from the home team’s 30 yard-line.
36 yards in Oak Glen penalties aided the Warriors in scoring on their ensuing drive. Hill muscled his way in on a QB sneak to stretch the advantage to 14-0, where it stood at the half.
After the teams exchanged punts to begin the third, a five-play, 67-yard drive consisting of nothing but Riffle runs led to paydirt again.
A 35 yard burst down the right sideline was the biggest play, sandwiched between 10 and 14 yard carries, before the junior #34 plowed in from six yards away. Modesitt’s PAT made it 21-0 with 4:51 left in the third.
Meanwhile, the Warren defense had locked in. They sacked Collins five times, and allowed only one running play of over four yards; an 11 yard scramble by the Bear QB in the first quarter. Ten Warrior tackles for losses led to the negative rushing total for the Bears.
Warren completed the scoring early in the fourth, when Riffle pounded in from five yards after a 10-play, 41 yard drive which featured Hill’s only pass of the evening – a six-yard completion to Timothy Seevers.
The Warriors, whose record improves to 2-3 on the campaign, look to reach .500 as they visit Jackson on Friday.