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Miners have too much offensive firepower for Warriors

Dan Thomas

Moving the ball wasn’t a problem for Whittell High’s shorthanded Warriors in Saturday’s 59-20 football loss to Manogue, but stopping the Miners was.

“You can’t give up nine touchdowns and expect to be in the game,” said Whittell head coach John Summers, whose Warriors fell to 1-5 overall (1-3 in Northern Nevada 3A Division II) with the loss.

Whittell did score three touchdowns, post more than 100 rushing yards, and put quarterback Trent Gordon over 150 yards against the Miners. However, Manogue blew the game open in the second quarter to take a 38-6 halftime lead, coast to the win, and improve to 7-0.

Manogue led only 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Miners scored at the beginning of the second, but Whittell rallied to cut the lead to 14-6 a few minutes later when Gordon connected with Luke Forvilly on a 70-yard touchdown pass. The rest of the quarter, though, belonged to Manogue, as the Miners returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, breaking Whittell’s spirits and opening the door to the 32-point halftime lead.

“Defensively, we’re just not getting it done,” Summers said. “Our guys up front are letting teams run, getting pushed anywhere they want to (push them).”

“It wasn’t a grind-it-out-type of offense,” Summers said. “They had quite a few big plays.”

Whittell rallied with two more touchdown passes from Gordon, but couldn’t close the gap on Manogue. The Warriors offense had no trouble moving the ball, and Whittell sustained no more injuries, which could bode well for the team’s homecoming game Saturday against 0-7 Hawthorne.

“I think we’re pretty confident we can put some points on the board,” Summers said. “I guess the question is: Can we put more up than the other guys?”

Saturday’s homecoming game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. in Zephyr Cove.

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