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Whittell football beats Excel Christian 67-0, improves to 5-0

Anthony Gentile
Whittell players put their helmets up prior to kickoff of Div. IV West League game at Excel Christian on Saturday Oct. 3.
Courtesy / Boyd Dangtongdee |

SPARKS, Nev. — The Whittell football team reached the midpoint of the regular season without coming close to defeat. The Warriors blanked Excel Christian 67-0 on Saturday, Oct. 3, winning a fifth straight game to start their 2015 campaign.

Whittell (5-0, 4-0 IV West) put the game away early and delivered a second consecutive shutout in Saturday’s win. The Warriors had a 29-0 lead after the first quarter and opened up a 51-point advantage by halftime en route to victory, winning decisively despite not delivering a crisp performance.

“We just didn’t seem to be sharp in our execution of fundamentals,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said. “That may seem odd in a game we won by a big score, but we take a lot of pride on doing our job and doing it well.”

Whittell kept its first-string players in longer against Excel Christian (2-3, 1-2) to maintain conditioning and try out new looks. The Warriors racked up 513 yards of offense in the win, including 433 on the ground.

“It has been difficult to prepare our first-line players for big games when they usually have to sit out after halftime — and sometimes even after the first quarter,” Bryant said.

On the ground, Dismas Womack finished with a game-high 179 yards and five touchdowns rushing on six carries, Corey Huber had 170 yards and a score on 10 rushes and Isaiah Womack added 64 yards and a touchdown on eight touches. Huber also totaled 119 yards on punt returns, including a 45-yard touchdown.

Warriors quarterback Colin Buchholz finished 6-for-11 passing with 86 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His touchdown pass went to Dismas Womack, who had a team-high 54 receiving yards.

Defensively, Whittell held Excel Christian to negative yards while pitching a second straight shutout. Kai Mangiaracina delivered a standout performance, finishing with nine tackles — including several for losses.

“He is a force on the defensive line with his quickness and strength,” Bryant said of Mangiaracina.

Buchholz, Caleb Moretti and Pierce Manchester also turned in solid defensively performances last Saturday. Whittell has held three opponents scoreless so far this season, and allowed a total of only 30 points in five games.

“We were able to see how a few more backups played with starters and we found some areas of concern in our depth,” Bryant said. “We will be working to solve that this week.”

MaxPreps’ state-ranked No. 4 Whittell returns to action at home Friday night, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. against Mineral County (3-2, 2-1). The Warriors beat the Serpents 56-50 in double overtime last year in Hawthorne, and expect a tough test again against a team ranked ninth in the state.

“They are the best team we will have played all year,” Bryant said. “They are big, physical and run a great system offensively, and create a lot of problems with motion and finding soft spots in a team’s defense.

“Whichever defense steps up will be the winner.”

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