Warriors come close to ending streak
Whittell High is coming closer to ending the school’s longest football losing streak. Hawthorne extended the streak to 18 with a 28-14 victory Friday in Hawthorne, but the Warriors had a major opportunity to make their infamous losing skein disappear.
For one of the few times this season, the Warriors actually enjoyed a positive start. On their opening possession, the Warriors picked up five first downs and consumed nine minutes of clock as they drove inside the Hawthorne 20. However, a fumble stopped the promising start, and Hawthorne jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
But Whittell defensive guard Dennis Lucas recovered a blocked punt by Matt Helton in the end zone as Whittell closed to 14-6 in the second quarter.
Any chance of pulling closer to the Serpents in the first half was derailed by three lost fumbles.
After Hawthorne extended its lead to two touchdowns in the third quarter, Whittell capitalized on a Tim Tamayo fumble recovery. Several nice gains by sophomore running back Chauncey Lane set up a 2-yard score by quarterback Trent Gordon. Lane ran in the two-point conversion, making the score 20-14.
But Hawthorne used a 50-yard run, which set up a 9-yard score, to put the game away in the fourth quarter.
“We were able to move the ball pretty well, which was encouraging. But we still came away with a loss,” said Whittell coach John Summers.
Lane gained 80 yards on 20 carries behind an offensive line comprised of Bob Linkul, Helton, Joe Warnick, Owen Brinkley and Kelin Munson.
Whittell, 0-8 overall, closes out its season with a 2 p.m. home game against playoff-bound Lovelock on Thursday.
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