Whittell football rolls on homecoming, routs Pyramid Lake 71-0
ZEPHYR COVE — In a showdown between unbeatens on Friday, Sept. 25, the Whittell football team delivered a one-sided rout. The Warriors beat Pyramid Lake 71-0 on homecoming, an emphatic victory that keeps them undefeated on the season.
“Pyramid Lake was much bigger than us, but they really had problems with our team speed,” Warriors head coach Phil Bryant said. “We condition very hard and I think that gives a huge advantage in stamina and execution.”
Whittell (4-0, 3-0 IV West) took control of Friday night’s contest early on, scoring 36 points in the first quarter and opening up a 57-0 lead by halftime. Corey Huber gashed the Lakers on the ground in the first quarter, with 130 yards on three carries — all of which went for scores.
“I think Corey is the best runner in the league, but we have scored so fast that we can’t keep giving him the ball with big leads,” Bryant said of the sophomore averaging 22.5 yards per carry. “It is almost unfair, because he would be leading the league in total rushing yards if he got as many carries as some of the other backs.”
While the Warriors’ offense topped 70 point for the second time this season, it was their defense that starred against Pyramid Lake (4-1, 1-1). Whittell pitched its second shutout of the season, and held the Lakers’ league-leading rushing attack featuring quarterback A.J. Wasson to a season-low 52 yards.
“We designed a defense that would focus on stopping A.J. and containing their other runners,” Bryant said. “[Defensive coordinator] Doug Patton called a great game and kept the pressure on even when we had our second team in the game.”
Wasson finished with 39 yards on 22 carries after back-to-back games rushing for more than 250 yards. Whittell dominated Pyramid Lake on the line with Quinn Kixmiller (10 tackles, three sacks, two blocked punts) and Kai Mangiaracina; and at the second level with linebackers Colin Buchholz, Connor Huber, Caleb Moretti and Aubrey Felton (nine tackles, two fumble recoveries).
“There just wasn’t anywhere for them to run,” Bryant said.
Offensively, Buchholz went 3-for-3 passing for 60 yards and three touchdowns. Palmer Chaplin caught two of those touchdown passes, and hasn’t missed a field goal or extra point attempt all season — the senior that recently committed to Cal Lutheran for basketball has made a solid impact in his first year on the gridiron.
Whittell is undefeated in Div. IV West League play along with Virginia City (3-1, 2-0). The Warriors and Muckers will meet Oct. 17 in Virginia City, a rematch of last year’s winner-take-all game for the league title.
“We still have to continue to work hard because we have four league games left and they are all critical in determining which team will be league champion,” Bryant said. “We are not forgetting that Virginia City is the defending league champion and that everything goes through them.”
The Warriors return to action on the road Saturday, Oct. 3, at Excel Christian (2-2, 1-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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