Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lumberjacks Keep Saline River Shootout Trophy

The Warren Lumberjacks entered the field pumped to win the Saline River Shootout and to continue their possession of the trophy provided by Union Bank.
The Warren Lumberjacks faced off against the Monticello Billies Friday night, October 20th in a 84A conference game and a battle for the Union Bank Saline River Shootout Trophy.  The Trophy is a matter of pride but the race for a conference title and a high seed in the state playoffs is also vitally important.  The Lumberjacks answered the bell and dominated in a 37-0 victory.
Treylon Burks put on quite an offensive show.

The Billies won the toss and elected to defer to the second half.  Warren choose to receive and returned the opening kick off to the Jack 34.  With 9:46 remaining in the first quarter the Lumberjacks scored on a one yard touchdown by Keemontrae McKnight after a nice drive.  Jesus Tinoco made the extra point and Warren jumped ahead 7-0.

After a kick off to the Monticello 11-yard line the Jack defense took over.  After a few plays, Warren's Psavian Person intercepted a pass and the Lumberjacks took over at the Monticello 31-yard line.  AT the 4:46 mark of the first quarter, Warren quarterback J'malachi Kinnard scored from the four yard line.  Tinoco was good on the PAT and Warren was up 14-0. 
#59 Dylan Higgins blocks on the O-line.

The next kick off was into the end zone and Monticello took over on their own 20.  Monticello moved the ball some but had to punt and did so successfully to the Lumberjack 11-yard line.  With 1:43 left in the quarter, Treylon Burks, from the quarterback position promptly broke for a 86 yard touchdown run.  The extra point was blocked and Warren lead 20-0.  The following kick off was into the end zone and Monticello again got the ball at their own 20.  A short time later in the second quarter, Monticello was forced to punt and Treylon Burks returned the punt 70-yards for a touchdown.  With Tinoco's successful point after, Warren was up 27-0.
Keemontrae McKnight charges forward for the Jacks.

The next kick off also went into the end zone and Monticello got the ball at their own 20.  Warren's defense was solid but a pass interference call on Warren helped the Billies move the ball.  Monticello was forced to punt and the Lumberjacks took over on their 16.  With 5:07 remaining in the half, Warren scored again on a one yard run by Burks after a great catch by McKnight.  Tinoco was good on the point after with the hold by Braden Jones and the snap by Mark Hairston.  the Lumberjacks now lead 34-0. 
#59 Dylan Higgins clears the way for #7 Keemontrae McKnight to rush for the Jacks.

After yet another kick off into the end zone, Monticello took over at their own 20.  Warren's Braden Hargis then intercepted a Billie pass and Warren took over at the Lumberjack 47.  With 1:37 left in the half, Tinoco hit a 33-yard field goal and Warren now took a 37-0 lead.  The kick off sailed into the end zone once again and the half came to a conclusion.

The Lumberjacks kicked off to begin the second half with the sportsmanship rule in effect.  The clock ran at all times unless a time out or injury time out was called.  Warren played second team players most of the second half and Monticello appeared to do the same.  Warren tried a 57- yard field goal in the third quarter that fell short.  Both teams exchanged punts in a very short second half.  The game concluded with Warren the victor 37-0. 
Warren's Offensive Line Prepares to block the Billies.

Warren enjoyed another great crowd and the game was an outstanding performance by the entire team.  While Treylon Burks put on a big time performance, the entire team played well from the offensive line to the defensive line to the linebackers.  Warren's defensive secondary did a good job and the kicking game was again outstanding.  This 2017 team plays as a team.

The Lumberjacks are now 7-1 on the year and 5-0 in conference 84A with two regular season games remaining.  The Jacks must travel to Hamburg October 27th, often a difficult place to play, and finish the regular season against Dollarway.  The Jacks hope for a large crowd to travel to Hamburg and support the team.

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