Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lumberjacks Crush DeWitt

All photos by Emmalee Goad
Senior Luke Gorman wraps up a Dragon.

The Warren Lumberjacks welcomed the DeWitt Dragons to Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium Friday night October 13th for the Warren High School Homecoming Game.  The Jacks wasted no time in jumping on top and never looked back.  Warren received the opening kick off and on the first play from scrimmage QB J'malichi Kinnard hit Keemontrae McKinght for a 55- yard touchdown pass.  Jesus Tinoco made the extra point and Warren was up 7-0.
Lumberjack defenders take put a stop to a DeWitt advance.

The Lumberjacks were able to kick off from the DeWitt 45- yard line due to a penalty and Tinoco boomed the ball into the end zone.  The Jacks forced a punt and the snap was over the DeWitt punter's head.  Warren recovered the ball and Jesse Erwin scored.  The PAT was good by Tinoco and Warren was quickly ahead 14-0.

The kick off was to the one and the tackle made at the 19 yard line of DeWitt.  Keemontrae McKnight intercepted a pass and returned it for a TD.  However, Warren was flagged for a block in the back on the return and the touchdown was called back.  Warren took over at the DeWitt 33.  Kinnard then hit Cade Reep with a 24- yard touchdown pass and with Tinoco's successful PAT Warren was ahead 21-0.  The ensuing kick off left DeWitt at their own 22- yard line.  Warren forced another punt and the Jacks took over at their own 49- yard line.  It took only a short time till J'malachi Kinnard found Joseph Brown for a 19 yard touchdown pass and Tinoco hit the point after to make the score 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
J'Malichi Kinnard ggains yardage on a keeper,

DeWitt was forced to punt early in the second quarter and again a bad snap resulted in Warren getting the ball back at DeWitt's 32-yard line.  With 9:30 remaining in the second quarter Kinnard hit Treylon Burks on a 32-yard pass for a touchdown and again Tinoco made the extra point to put Warren ahead 35-0.

DeWitt returned the next kickoff to  their own 29.  Later Warren got the ball back and threatened to score.  However, a fumble at the DeWitt 12-yard line gave the Dragons the ball again but Warren soon got it back at the DeWitt forty four.  With 5:59 left in the second quarter, Vicent Stepps broke a 44-yard run for a touchdown and the PAT missed, leaving Warren ahead 41-0.  The first half ended with the score still 41-0.
The Lumberjack defense stops a Dragon advance.

With the "sportsmanship rule" evoked to begin the second half, the clock ran continuously.  Warren kicked off and with a large number of Lumberjack second team players in the game, the Dragons were able to drive down the field and score on a three yard run.  They went for two and were successful making the score 41-8 in Warren's favor.  The second team played very well at times but gave up a few plays.
Mark Hairston is all smiles on Homecoming night as
the Jacks shut down the DeWitt Dragons.

Early in the fourth quarter, Tinoco made a 33-yard field goal to extend the lead to 44-8.  After the kick off, Warren's Michael Miranda recovered a DeWitt fumble at the DeWitt 24-yard line.  With 3:40 left in the game, Coach Hembree inserted Warren defensive tackle Wallace Smith into the backfield and handed him the ball.  He promptly ran in for a 6-yard touchdown.   Tinoco was good on the PAT and Warren lead by the final score of 51-8.

The crowd was probably  the largest of the season and the fans were alive.  It was a fine performance by the Lumberjacks and a chance for all the young players to get some time on the field.

The Lumberjacks will remain at home next week to face the Monticello Billies in the "Saline River Shootout."  Monticello has improved during the 2017 season and will likely play very hard against the Lumberjacks.  Warren must be prepared to perform well.

The game was the culmination of a fun day of homecoming activities.  There was a big crowd on hand for the coronation program earlier in the day at the Warren Cultural Center.  Another large crowd attended the downtown parade.
Caleb Watson (center)
-feelin' the victory.

Next weeks game will kick off at 7:00 P.M. at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium.  A big crowd is expected. 

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