Whittell football bounces back, blanks Smith Valley 66-0 on the road
SMITH, Nev. — The Whittell football team bounced back from its first setback of the season in a big way on the road Saturday, Oct. 1. The Warriors beat Smith Valley 66-0 in 1A West League action, notching their second shutout of the season in a decisive victory.
“It was nice to get back on track,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said.
Whittell (4-1, 2-1 1A West) needed only three offensive plays to run up a 20-point lead Saturday, and rolled from there. The Warriors emphasized their passing game against Smith Valley (2-4, 0-4), and it paid off right away — senior Dismas Womack completed touchdown passes to three different receivers on the team’s first three plays.
Womack completed 10-of-12 passes for 246 yards and four scores Saturday, throwing touchdown passes to juniors Corey Huber, Nic Buchholz and Troy Libert along with sophomore Dalton Warswick. The Warriors did all their scoring on 17 offensive snaps against Smith Valley.
“We are focusing on improving our offensive balance for the remainder of the year to make us more capable of moving the ball against run-stacked defenses,” Bryant said.
On the ground, Womack led all rushers with 113 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. Junior Genaro Mena ran for a 53-yard score while Warswick had 45 yards rushing and Huber added 42.
Whittell totaled more than 500 yards of offense Saturday, and did so behind a stout offensive line. The Warriors’ line anchored by junior center Alex Byer, senior guard Kai Mangiaracina and junior guard Connor Huber did the dirty work against Smith Valley — as it has all season long.
Defensively, the Warriors pitched their second shutout of the season in the 66-point win over the Bulldogs. The unit coached by defensive coordinator Doug Patton ran a variety of fronts, stunts and blitzes, and it added up to zero points for the opposition.
Whittell’s defense features Mangiaracina, senior Pierce Manchester and junior Bastion Elkins rotating up front with Womack, Buchholz, Warswick, Connor Huber and senior Kaven Peck at linebacker. The secondary includes Mena and Corey Huber on the outside — Bryant said the standout running back is becoming an adept cornerback this season.
“Corey has taken his skill set and developed in to the best defensive back in the league,” Bryant said. “His offensive numbers are not what they could be if he was our feature back, but with Dismas and Dalton back there the yardage is spread out.”
Whittell returns to action Thursday, Oct. 6, with a league game at Pyramid Lake. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.