The River Pilots had to scramble to fill a COVID cancellation by Magnolia to pick up a team to play on Friday evening, September 10, 2021. Just so happened the Warren Local Warriors were in the same position with their opponent Logan having to cancel due to COVID, so the two teams decided to play with the Pilots traveling to Vincent to battle the Warriors on their home turf. The Warriors celebrated Homecoming night with a big 54-24 win over the Pilots.
The Warriors started from their own 48, but an offsides penalty on the Pilots put the ball at the River 47. From there sophomore running back Jason Williams took the hand off for four straight carries of 27, 6, 5, and finished the drive off with 9-yard touchdown run. Freshman kicker Sam Perdue added the PAT to make it 7-0 at the 9:56 mark of the first quarter.
The visitors received the opening kickoff and returned it to the 50-yard line to start their initial drive of the game, but could not muster any offense and were forced to punt from the 47 yard-line. The punt went off the side of the punter foot for a net of five yards giving the home team excellent field position.
Coach Mike Flannery’s River squad answered back with a field goal by Honeycut to cut the lead to 7-3 with 5:04 left in the quarter. The Pilots drive covered 44 yards to the host eight yard-line with a combination of passing by sophomore QB Kabel Isaly, and rushing by senior Austin Cramer moving the chains to set up the FG.
On their next possession the Warriors 6′-5″ talented sophomore QB Trent Taylor hit Brodie Tait for a nice pass to the visitors 15 yard-line. On the next play the home team was called for holding to move the ball back to the 25. Williams then took the hand off from Taylor and rambled 19 yards to the six yard-line and followed that up with a six yard burst into the end zone with 3:39 in first stanza. The Perdue PAT was good to make score 14-3 for the hosts.
River then covered 70 yards with Cramer taking it in from 5 yards out and Honeycut splitting the uprights with 1:25 left to cut the score to 14-10 at the end of one quarter. Warren proceeded to score with 11:53 in second frame when QB Taylor hit Dennis Pettey for a 30- yard TD toss, the PAT was blocked, and the score stood at 20-10.
The Pilots started their next series on their own 49. Isaly connected on an 11-yard pass to Brody Lollathin, then hit River Thompson on a 37-yard strike for the TD, with Honeycut adding the point after to make score 20-17. Warren would score the next 20 points in the first half to push the lead out to 40-17 at intermission. As Taylor added two one-yard scores, and Taylor Bowers had a six-yard TD for the hosts.
Williams who had nine carries for 132 yards in the first half, added a 30-yard run with 8:12 in the third quarter, the PAT by Perdue was good to move the score out to 47-17. River would add an Austin Cramer three-yard TD with 3:43 in the third, Honeycut connected on the PAT to cut the score to 47-24 Warren. Cramer had a 47-yard run on the drive. This would be the visitors last score of the game.
The Pilots got 16 carries for 98 yards, 2 Tds from Austin Cramer, QB Kabel Isaly was 20-29 passing and two TD tosses. River drops to 2-2 on the year with a scheduled away game at Barnsville on Friday starting at 7 p.m.
Warren was led by Williams 13 carries for 174 yards, three TDs, Bowers six totes for 121 yards, two TDs, and QB Taylor 8-15, 215 yards and one touchdown pass. The Warriors improve to 2-2 on the season. The Warriors scored again with 10:28 in the final quarter on a Bowers 5-yard run, the Perdue kick was good to finish out the scoring with at 54-24 for the home standing squad victory.
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