Warriors make defensive stand vs. Colts
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
An improved defensive effort and a 212-yard passing game by junior quarterback Roberto Concha-Foley propelled Whittell High to its second football win of the season on Friday.
Whittell allowed its second lowest point total of the season and prevented the Colts from scoring on their final possession in a 28-24 Northern 2A road victory over Independence.
Receiver Rio Delucia also had a season-best game, catching 10 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdowns covered 15 and 50 yards in the first half.
Concha-Foley also threw a third TD pass in the first half, a 28-yarder to Ian Allen after avoid a potential sack. He completed 13 of his 16 passes.
Philip Gielow scored the Warriors’ clinching touchdown on a 3-yard run with 10 minutes remaining. He finished with 54 yards on 15 carries.
Independence nearly pulled out the win on a punt return in the final minutes of action. But the Colts were whistled for a block in the back infraction to Concha-Foley on a return to the Warriors’ 5. The penalty sent the Colts back to their 40, where the Warriors dug in and made the home team turn the ball over on downs. Whittell then ran out the clock to improve its record to 2-5.
“It’s especially a good win after a six-hour drive and playing the game right away; that’s tough at any level,” said Whittell coach John Summers.
Cody Nelson made nine carries for 19 yards before suffering a mild concussion. He didn’t play in the second half, leaving Whittell with 13 players for the final 24 minutes.
Some other highlights for the Warriors included a fumble recovery by Dylan Bivens, Geoff Caliger’s play at defensive tackle after switching from linebacker and the performances of cornerbacks Delucia and Allen.
Whittell will play Battle Mountain in its final home game Saturday at 1 p.m.
“It’s motivation for them because they want to be a playoff team and to become a playoff team you have to start beating playoff teams,” Summers said.