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Whittell football beats Excel Christian 60-0, secures third straight playoff berth

Anthony Gentile
Whittell junior Connor Huber (left) and senior Pierce Manchester (right) combine to bring down an Excel Christian runner during a league contest Friday, Oct. 21.
Courtesy / Boyd Dangtongdee |

ZEPHYR COVE — For the third straight season, the Whittell football team is headed to the playoffs. The Warriors secured a postseason berth by beating Excel Christian 60-0 at home in a 1A West League contest Friday, Oct. 21.

Whittell (7-1, 5-1 1A West) ran for seven touchdowns in Friday’s win, including two apiece from senior Dismas Womack and junior Corey Huber. Senior Pierce Manchester, junior Connor Huber and sophomore Dalton Warswick also found the end zone on the ground against Excel Christian (5-3, 3-3).

Womack led all rushers with 141 yards on five carries against Excel Christian, and finished 5-of-6 passing for 66 yards and a score. His touchdown pass went to Warswick, who made two catches along with junior Nic Buchholz.

The Warriors held Excel Christian to 25 total yards Friday while delivering their fourth shutout of the season. Senior Kai Mangiaracina had a team-high 11 total tackles, Manchester finished with nine, and Connor Huber added eight.

Whittell concludes its regular season at home Thursday, Oct. 27, against Sierra Lutheran. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Class 1A league playoffs begin Friday, Nov. 4, and the Warriors will likely open with a road game. Under head coach Phil Bryant, Whittell advanced to the state championship in 2015 and was eliminated in the opening round in 2014.

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