Undefeated Whittell gridders win 6th straight
Isaiah Womack threw for a season-high 234 yards and five touchdowns Saturday, Oct. 7, to help the Whittell Warriors football team win its sixth straight game.
Womack completed 16 of 17 for his season-high total and also rushed for 130 yards on six carries as the Warriors beat the Sierra Lutheran Falcons 62-0 for a 1A Northern West 8-Man League victory at Carson City.
“The game plan all week was to work on our passing game,” said Whittell head coach Phillip Bryant. “I think the teams down the stretch have been planning on loading up the box to stop our ground game and we wanted to show we have another dimension to our offense.”
It was a controlled passing attack with mostly quick throws. Most of the yards were generated after the catch.
“We challenged Isaiah to be accurate and maintain poise and he did a great job and proved he can handle both aspects of our offense,” Bryant said. “It was also a great reward for our tight ends (Nick Buchholz and Gunnar Barnwell) to be targeted as receivers after being asked to block linebackers all year.”
Also for the Warriors (6-0, 4-0 1A North West) Corey Huber rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns and also caught four passes for 76 yards and another score. He also returned two punts for 95 yards.
“Corey had another great game on special teams and on offense,” Bryant said. “He is such an elusive runner and has been so much fun to watch over his four years here.”
Buchholz hauled in six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and Dalton Warswick rushed for 31 yards on six attempts and made four catches for 34 yards and a score. Barnwell added two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown.
The Warriors scored 62 points for the third straight game and are outscoring their opponents 57-6 per game (342-38).
The Warriors defense gave up just 142 yards and recovered two fumbles.
Barnwell made 10 tackles, including three sacks. Connor Huber made 11 stops and linemen Alex Byer and Bastion Elkins each made six tackles. Bryant praised their efforts.
The Warriors return home, to South Tahoe Middle School, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, to host the league’s third-place team, the Mineral County Serpents (5-1, 3-1 1A North West).
The Warriors are tied with Virginia City (6-0, 4-0 1A North West) and the teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Virginia City.