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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, November 8th, 2020
Saturday afternoon I made my first ever drive to Eastmoor high school in Columbus, Ohio to watch the Warriors battle Independence in A City League Semi-final playoff game. The weather was as good as it could have been for an October game, with the temperature 75 and with almost zero wind.
Orlando Jones would break to his right to outrun the Warriors defense picking up 23-yards before he was stopped. The 76’ers would see the drive end on A 47-yard touchdown run by Vontez Brice just 0:29 seconds into the game. A two-point try was denied leaving this A 6-0 game.
Cameron Foster picked up the kickoff and did not stop running until he was all the way down to the 76’ers 34-yard line. The nice return was wasted due to Jalin Sample picking off A Ahmad Armstrong pass, with 11:16 showing on the clock. The 76’er’s offense managed just 5-yards on the ensuing drive.
Armstrong would throw A nice pass to Tramon Hairston that covered 65-yards and A apparent touchdown but Dallas Hodge was called for holding taking away the score. The Warriors shook off the holding call when Maiachi Coleman gaining 19-yards that help set up A 2-yard score by Kristopher Mason. The game stayed locked at six when Aaron Dixon was short, low, and wide on the P.A.T.
The Warriors offense was on the move again at the 4:19 mark of the quarter with Armstrong finding Isiah Pressley for 18-yards. Another mistake for the Warriors followed the nice pass play when Marvais Hampton fumbled the ball after gaining 14-yards and Johnny on the spot for the 76’ers was Sample.
The Warriors defense would get the ball back to the offense just 0:22 seconds later then the offense thanked them with A 21-yard touchdown run by Larenz Lacking. Dixon nails his P.A.T. to give the Warriors A 13-6 lead with 3:34 left in the quarter. The Warriors defense ended the quarter with Oumar Barry getting Brice for A 4-yard loss.
With 6:06 left in the half, Armstrong was picked off by Jones. The 76’ers defense was playing as well as they could at this point but up to now the offense minus the first drive had done practically nothing. Brice would try to change that with A nice run of 13-yards. But the drive was over almost two minutes later thanks to A nice pick from Hairston who would have taken it to the house had the refs not ruled him out of bounds after he had already made A nice return up to the whistle.
The Warriors tried A halfback pass with Cameron Foster throwing the ball only to have it picked off by Jones. At times Jones looked like the best player on the field at times playing defense only to look normal A play or two later. The 76’ers would work the ball down to the Warriors 1-yard line where they were faced with A fourth and one. Antonio Harris would blast in for the score. Brice was stopped on A 2-point try leaving this A 13-12 game, with 1:42 left in the half.
The mistake-prone Warriors offense limped onto the field and immediately picked up 21-yards when Armstrong connected with Pressley. Then Hampton picked up twelve with A nice run. The four-play, 70-yard drive ended with 0:55 seconds left in the half when Armstrong threw A strike to Hairston for the score. The P.A.T. would give us our halftime score of 20-12.
Independence would kickoff to start the 2nd half, the kick was A short squib type kick that slowly made its way downfield where the Warriors kickoff team watched while Sieh Benzle flew by everyone and pounced on the ball to give the 76’ers the first down. Donte Porter would be crushed for A two-yard loss by Khyren Mann and Davonte Oliver From there the Warriors defense made short work of the floundering 76’ers offense.
Foster would run for 29-yards setting up A 2-yard touchdown run by Armstrong, after the P.A.T. we had A 27-12 ball game, with 7:31 showing on the clock. Just A little over A minute later Armstrong picked up 15-yards that set up his own 5-yard touchdown run, with another P.A.T. all of A sudden we had A 34-12 game.
Larenz Lacking fielded the ensuing kickoff only to be hit by A cannonball known as Diamonte Salley. One play later Pressley made A leaping interception to put the Warriors offense back on the field. Coleman powered his way to 18-yards to help set up A 20-yard touchdown run from Armstrong making this A 40-12 game. The Warriors defense would make one more big play before the quarter came to A close and that was A pick by Hairston.
The final stanza would see two big plays from the Warriors, with the first coming on A RogerHarper type hit by Salley on the 76’ers Jones. The last one came on a 17-yard powerful touchdown run by Harrison making our final score 46-12.
161 YARDS (32 IN 2ND HALF 15 OF THOSE CAME FROM PENALTY YARDAGE)
PASSING, 0-12 1 INT
PASSING, 7-13 1 TD 3 INT’S
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