Warriors whip serpents in high school football homecoming
What a way to win your first game at home.
Whittell High stomped Mineral County of Hawthorne 31-6 in the seniors’ final homecoming game of their careers.
And what a game the seniors had.
Keith Truswell threw for 127 yards and a touchdown, Chauncey Lane had 87 yards receiving, Luke Forvilly rushed for 69 yards and three scores and Joel Warnick intercepted a pass for a touchdown.
“We wanted it more because it was homecoming,” Warnick said.
A week after the Warrrior defense surrendered 300 yards on the ground, it forced the Serpents into two turnovers and a punt in their first three possessions.
“Last year we beat them 42-12, and they have pretty much the same team this season,” Forvilly said. “So we knew we could stop them.”
The Warriors recovered a fumble on Mineral County’s opening possession and wasted no time as Forvilly scampered five yards for the first score of the game.
The Warriors missed the two-point conversion to leave the score at 6-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Mineral County had to punt on their second possession, setting up Forvilly for his second touchdown of the day.
Forvilly took the handoff from Truswell and sprinted 17 yards down the sideline to give Whittell a 12-0 lead.
“We did some good things out there,” Warriors coach Larry Reilly said. “We got the ball to the right people in the key spots.”
On the Serpents’ third possession, Warnick stepped in front of a Avinash Bhakta pass and rumbled 33 yard to pay dirt for the Whittell’s third touchdown in the first half, putting the Warriors up 18-0.
“I told my dad I wanted to do that,” Warnick said. “But it was pretty surprising that it actually happened.”
On the ensuing kickoff, Mineral County almost broke the return for a score before Nick Gant dragged down the returner after a 60-yard return.
The Warrior defense then held and the teams traded possessions until the end of the first half when freshman Alex Swearingen got into the scoring act by catching a 26-yard touchdown strike from Truswell to send the Warriors into the break with a 24-0 lead.
“Alex’s catch was great. He put on a fantastic move to get into the end zone,” Reilly said. “Keith did a great job of throwing the ball out there.”
Forvilly added one last touchdown when he ran it in from 17 yards out. With Warnick’s kick, the Warriors extended their lead to 31-0.
A late Mineral County touchdown run by Matt Koscinski closed the gap to 31-6, but it was all Warriors on this day with the seniors leading the way.
Mineral County 0 0 0 6 – 6
Whittell 18 6 7 0 – 31
W – Forvilly 5 run (kick failed) 2:00
W – Forvilly 17 run (kick failed) 6:22
W – Warnick 33 int (kick failed) 7:30
W – Swearingen 26 pass from Truswell (kick failed) 2:04
W – Forvilly 12 run (Warnick kick) 2:22
MC – Koscinski 5 run (kick failed)
Team Stats W/MC
First downs 8/4
Passing yards 132/71
Punts-average 2-97/ 1-40
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