Warriors unable to keep pace with Troy

By: 
Derrick Forsythe
Staff Writer

The offense ignited, but the defensive effort wasn’t enough for the Warrenton football team during a 56-31 setback to Troy during Week Two.

The Warriors returned from a loss at Liberty, moving the ball much more efficiently on their home turf. Despite the breakthroughs, an early deficit was too insurmountable to overcome.

“We just didn’t stop the run, and we knew that’s what we’d have to do coming in and didn’t accomplish that goal,” said Coach Steve McDowell. “They were able to find some weak spots in our defense and expose that.”

Troy rushed for 396 yards, including a 216-yard effort on 24 carries by Zach Collins. The Trojans distributed the ball among eight different runners.

While Collins gained the yards, it was Austin Wenzel who sparked the Troy scoring barrage. The Trojans moved ahead 7-0 midway through the first quarter, but Warrenton was quick to strike back.

Senior receiver Shane Brosenne hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Caelon Weir with 3:25 left in the first period. It was the beginning of an exceptional night for the Warriors’ signal caller, who completed 13 of 24 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns.

“Offensively we had a very productive night, hitting on all cylinders,” said McDowell. “Caelon had an excellent night passing the ball, and his completion percentage was great. He was firing on all cylinders and did an outstanding job.”

McDowell says the Warriors’ passing game was opened up by the running success of junior Quincy McRoberts, who contributed in multiple areas. He ran for 104 yards on seven carries and also broke loose on a 69-yard touchdown pass from Weir.

“Quincy did an outstanding job running the ball,” said McDowell. “He accounted for a lot of offense for us.”

The Warriors exited the first half trailing 35-13, before McRoberts raced into the end zone on a 70-yard score. Weir also connected with junior receiver Kolbe Meine on a 65-yard touchdown pass to close out the third quarter. Meine finished with 106 yards on three receptions.

“The run-pass option really benefited us on Friday night,” said McDowell. “By Quincy being able to run the ball and get defenses keying in on him, we’ve got a good wide receiver core who can make some big plays after the catch.”

Warrenton found itself still within reach, down 43-31, heading into the final period, but the Trojans delivered two more scoring runs to distance the gap.

“On the defensive side of the ball we’ve got to come back and work on tackling,” said McDowell. “We had a lot of missed tackles and mistakes that really cost us and kept us from staying in the game.”

Weir finished with 53 yards on five carries. Senior Connor Tittel shared time at quarterback, completing 2 of 3 passes for 22 yards.

Brosenne hauled in four catches for 39 yards, while Tittel caught four receptions for 38 yards.

Defensively, the Warriors were led by junior John Starkey with a fumble recovery, while senior Jack Russell recorded a sack.

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