Big first half leads Wilson over Warwick
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
The final score didn’t tell the whole story for the Warriors last Friday night.
Yes, Wilson sealed its fourth consecutive Section One crown and extended its Section One win streak to 29 straight games by defeating Warwick 40-14 in West Lawn.
But early on, the Warriors were within a botched snap on a field goal attempt of cutting the heavily-favored Bulldogs’ lead to 12-3.
Eventually, though, Wilson used a 28-point second quarter to open up a commanding 40-0 lead at the break and the Dawgs never looked back.
While Wilson (7-0 Section One, 9-1 overall) takes the number five seed into Friday’s opening round of the District Three Quad-A playoffs against Penn Manor, Warwick ends its season with a 2-8 overall record (2-5 Section One).
On Friday, injuries forced Warwick to start five underclassmen on the offensive line, while also costing them three of their four captains (Brady Forney, Dalton Bollinger, Jared Good), but Locker was pleased with their effort.
"In the first quarter, the kids didn’t play a horrible game. In, like, a three-minute period of time (in the second quarter), the roof fell in and they put some scores on the board," Warwick coach Bob Locker said. "(Wilson running back Rodney) Gillin, obviously, has quick big-play potential and I thought (quarterback Seth) Klein really hurt us."
It was a 14-yard pass from Klein to Harrop which gave Wilson a 6-0 lead and then Gillin’s 32-yard TD scamper extended their advantage to 12-0. That was the first of three scores for Gillin, who ran for a game-high 118 yards on 11 carries.
After Warwick was unable to convert on a field goal, Klein made them pay with a nine-yard TD run in the seconmd quarter. On a number of occasions on third down during the night, Warwick’s defense had the elusive quarterback bottled up, but he made something happen to extend the Bulldogs’ drives.
"He scrambled and completed the passes," Locker said. "I thought (Klein) hurt us more than Gillin did. He’s very athletic. We brought a lot of pressure, we knew we couldn’t cover all day and he got out of the pocket. We thought we had him hemmed in a couple of times. He’s pretty elusive and he’s got quick feet. He throws pretty well on the run and off his back foot when he has to. He just hurt us. We had a couple opportunities to get out and get them to punt early in the game."
Gillin added second-quarter TD runs of 50 and five yards and then wide receiver Jacob Morgan hauled in a seven-yard TD pass from Klein to make it 40-0. Klein finished 12-for-17 passing with a pair of touchdowns and Morgan was his favorite target with six catches for 126 yards.
Warrior senior signal-caller Tyler Farnan had a solid night of his own in his final high school game, passing for 102 yards, including a 20-yard strike to senior J.A. Howland to get Warwick on the scoreboard in the third quarter. Shawn Mearig added the first of his two PAT’s to make the score 40-7.
"Farnan played a good game," Locker said. "He made good reads and got rid of the ball in a hurry. We moved the ball passing at times. We just couldn’t run the ball. They knew we couldn’t run and they started adjusting their defense and it was just a tough night."
Warwick was limited to just 36 rushing yards on the night, but senior running back Anthony Boak scored on a one-yard dive in the third to finish the scoring.
Warwick outscored Wilson 14-0 in the second half and Boak’s TD run capped a season in which he rushed for roughly 900 yards following an injury-plagued junior year.
"Boak’s done an amazing job this year when you consider where came from," Locker said. "And he’s not big. He takes a beating, but he’s just been real impressive as a role model for what you can accomplish. He just worked extremely hard in the off-season for this opportunity." More WARWICK, page B-3