CADDO – Webbers Falls was without its injured quarterback Friday night, which had a direct impact on the Warriors losing a 56-8 decision to the Bruins in a District B-5 matchup.
Webber Falls head coach Trent Holt thought his Warriors were affected by the weather, penalties, turnovers and the loss of three-year starter Maddux Shelby to injury.
“Well, it‚s just one of them deals. We got some big penalties that put us way behind on some good plays, and we took two interceptions,” Holt recalled. “You know, we did get an interception from them, but we just didn‚t play defensive – we played awful.
“Linebackers had a bad night, defensive backs had a bad night,” the coach assessed. “It was wet and muddy and slippery, and Maddox didn‚t get to play. There was just a whole host of things.”
The linemen in the trenches are the ones that have a thankless job, win or lose. These guys are the definition of Warriors, and the line is where men play.
“Brian Callen is my guard, Ben Ward is a guard, Caleb Dishman has been playing center, and David Barns and Payton Turley have been playing a lot as offensive linemen. Brian Callen played really well the other night – he had a lot of good blocks. He didn‚t have much to show for it, but he did play, and he did block, and he‚s turning into a good offensive lineman.”
Without the ability to move the ball, the Warriors didn‚t put up much in the way of numbers.
“We didn‚t score till the third quarter, and that was Blaze Harriman on a 12yard run. And we had another run or two that was 10 or 15 yards, but that was it. We didn‚t have any highlights to speak of, except for one interception where we intercepted the ball and returned it for about 30, and that was it.”
When Webbers Falls was able to move the ball, the drive ended up falling short due to penalties and missed blocks or reads by the backs.
“Well, at times we did move the ball around,” Holt said. “When we would move it, then we would have a penalty. But defensively, we played a couple decent series the second half before the game was over, and it was against their starters. The running backs had a rough night. They wouldn‚t read the block. We didn‚t do a whole lot of stuff right defensively – we gave up 50 points.”
The Warriors will play their final regular-season district game hosting Quinton at 7 p.m. Friday, when the team will honor its seniors prior to kickoff.