Penn Manor turns back WarwickFootball
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Warwick appeared to have things going its way.
Having cut Penn Manor’s lead to 20-13 just before the half on a nice touchdown reception by senior Brady Forney, the Warriors pinned the Comets at their own 10-yard line to start the second half.
But PM, led by quarterback Adam Sahd, answered with a 90-yard scoring drive to make the hill a little steeper for Warwick and the Comets went on to earn a 34-20 win in a Section One game in Millersville last Friday.
"They put together a pretty impressive drive," Warwick coach Bob Locker said. "They made a couple adjustments offensively at halftime. We were kinda giving up the flats, but by design. They took advantage of it and it was a very nice drive."
Although Penn Manor (3-2 L-L, 5-3 overall) only had a slim edge in total yards, 312-309, the Comets won the turnover battle while picking off three Warrior aerials.
The hosts also got a big game out of Sahd and wide receiver Daulton Parmer (8 receptions, 104 yards, TD). The Comets’ junior signal-caller completed 13-for-20 passes for 142 yards, while throwing for a TD and running for another, and he moved the chains on several third-and-long situations.
"Their quarterback’s a real good football player," Locker said. "He runs very, very well and throws the ball well. I mean, there were times where we had great coverage and he just broke contain. He had an excellent football game Friday night. He’s pretty good and he hurt us. And the Parmer kid is a real good wideout."
The Warriors (2-3 L-L, 2-6 overall) have a real good athlete of their own in senior Brady Forney, who ran for a team-high 79 yards and caught two passes for a team-best 87 yards. It was his one-yard TD run, capping a nine-play, 82-yard scoring drive, which gave Warwick an early 6-0 lead on its first series.
"We ran, we play-action passed and it was a nice sustained drive," Locker said.
On the Comets’ ensuing possession, however, they responded with a 62-yard drive and junior running back Brandon Stone scored on a one-yard toss to tie it 6-all.
But Parmer’s pick on Warwick’s next series, and his return to the one-yard line, set up Sahd’s TD run which gave the Comets a lead they never lost, 14-7.
Later in the second quarter, Sahd’s five-yard TD pass to Parmer, following an interception by defensive back Adrian Viruet at the Comets’ 42-yard line, pushed the lead to 20-7.
The Warriors’ defense suffered a couple more losses due to injury on Friday, with senior Korey Johnson out for the season and sophomore Gabe Taylor unavailable.
"We’ve got some young kids out there right now on defense who don’t have a lot of varsity experience," Locker said. "I thought our kids gave a commendable effort physically. We played hard. It’s just they made some plays when we didn’t. But I give our kids all the credit in the world. They continue to play hard. It’s difficult when things aren’t going your way, but they’re doing a good job."
Yet, Warwick made it interesting as QB Tyler Farnan (8-of-14, TD, 3 INT) found Forney on the left sideline in the final seconds of the half, and Forney out-leaped a couple of defenders for the ball and then beat a couple of defenders to the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown pass to cut PM’s lead to 20-13.
"(Brady) went up and took it away from a kid and made a move on the kid," Locker said. "He’s pretty good. He kinda flies under the radar because he spent most of last year injured. So I don’t think anybody really knew a lot about him coming into this year. But he’s a very good high school football player."
To date, Forney has accounted for 955 yards of total offense (568 rushing yards, 11 TD’s; 208 passing yards, 2 TD’s; 179 receiving yards, 1 TD) and 14 TD’s for Warwick this season.
"You look at all the total yards he has for the year — he runs, he catches balls. He’s good," Locker said. "He’s going to go somewhere and be a good college football player."
Unfortunately for the Warriors, however, they could get no closer. Stone’s second TD of the night, an 11-yard run on Penn Manor’s first possession of the second half, and then Dylan Weber added a 14-yard scoring run later in the third to make it 34-13. For the game, the Comets rushed for 170 yards on 41 carries.
"At halftime, we had a shot at the thing," Locker said. "But they came out and went 90 yards like that, and now we’re playing catch-up and that’s what it is."
Warwick completed the scoring in the fourth when Forney broke loose for a 25-yard TD run out of the Wildcat formation.
The Warriors will return to action this Friday when they host Hempfield (3-2, 3-5) in their final home game of the season.
"They’re big — they have some large linemen and they’re vastly improved from last year," Locker said. "The quarterback (Michael) Murr is a pretty good football player and they’ve got a real good running back. We might get a couple people back this week and that would be helpful. It’s a winnable football game, but we have to cut down on mistakes. It’s as simple as that." More WHS FOOTBALL, page B-5