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Warriors play spoilers for Incline’s homecoming

At the beginning of the season Warriors head coach Larry Reilly said he was treating it like a marathon. If his team was playing well by the final four games, he would consider the season a success.

Well, it looks as if the Warriors are winning the race a little earlier than anticipated.

Whittell (2-2 overall, 2-1 league) picked up its second league victory in an intense battle over heated rival Incline, 22-14.

Reilly’s game plan of pounding the ball inside, sprinkled with some outside plays has finally seemed to sink in for his players.

Luke Forvilly also got his hands on the ball more in the contest, touching the pigskin 11 different times for a total of 138 all-purpose yards.

The biggest ally of the Warrriors, however, was the yellow flags of the officiating crew.

Incline rushed for more than 300 yards but was penalized for about 150 yards.

Incline had two rushers exceed 100 yards each, but it’s offense sputtered in the red zone in the second half.

“If you would have told me we were going to give up 300 yards on the ground, I would have said we’d be talking about a loss instead of a win,” Reilly said. “We need to address the defensive line situation this week in practice.”

The Warriors defense did a great job of bending but not breaking as it stepped up the pressure on the Highlander backfield in the red zone.

Incline did all it’s scoring in the first half, as the Highlanders recovered a fumble by Joel Warnick on Whittell’s second possession of the game.

Incline then put their ground game to work, driving 40 yards down the field, capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by Bryan Schweer. With the extra point attempt good, Incline took an early 7-0 lead.

But Whittell retaliated on its next possession. Senior quarterback Keith Truswell flung a screen pass out to Forvilly in the flat and the senior took it 80 yards down the left sideline to pay dirt, pulling the Warriors to within a point. The two point conversion failed, leaving the one-point difference.

“That was the kind of play I like,” said Forvilly, who took second in the state in the 100-meter dash last spring. “I’m a sweep guy. I like to get outside and show what I can do with my quick step.”

Incline answered Whittell’s challenge by driving down the field for its second touchdown of the half. Jesse Malsam caught a 3-yard pass from Ben Langridge to put the Highlanders up 13-6. The extra-point kick was good, increasing the lead to eight.

Whittell didn’t fold up the tent, however, answering the Highlander drive with one of its own. The Warriors used their quick-strike capability again. This time with a 32-yard touchdown toss from Truswell to Chauncey Lane.

Another missed two-point conversion left the score at 14-12 at halftime.

The Warriors did their job in the second half, as Incline couldn’t muster a single point.

Whittell scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter when Forvilly danced his way down the sidelines for a 37-yard touchdown run. The senior then tiptoed across the goal line for the two-point conversion to put the Warriors up by six at 20-14.

The defense really put the pressure on the Highlander offense at the end of the game, forcing Langridge into unfamiliar situation of throwing the ball with his back in the shadows of the goal posts.

The Warriors recorded sacks by Matt Lincoln and Jake Summers – the second resulting in a safety to increase the final score to 22-14.

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