Whittell football routs Coleville 76-8 on Homecoming, continues unbeaten start
ZEPHYR COVE — On Homecoming, the Whittell football team met another opponent that couldn’t handle its speed. The Warriors rolled to a 76-8 victory over Coleville on Friday, Sept. 16, continuing an unbeaten start to the season by winning their league opener.
Whittell (3-0, 1-0 1A West) opened up a 30-0 lead after the first quarter, and had a commanding 44-point advantage at the break. The Warriors finished with a season-high 76 points on the way to handing Coleville (3-1, 1-1) its first loss of the season.
Speed and big plays helped Whittell remain undefeated on Friday night. Sophomore Dalton Warswick had touchdown runs of 65 and 55 yards while sophomore Isaiah Womack ran for a 75-yard score and had a 24-yard interception return touchdown. Senior quarterback Dismas Womack ran for four touchdowns — all in the first quarter.
“We are not a big, physical team that pounds out yardage but we are very quick,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said. “When we get a little daylight, we are able to get through an opening and once we are to the second level we are hard to catch. The line does a great job of opening holes and the backs find them quickly — and turn short yardage into big plays.”
The Warriors ran for 524 yards against the Wolves, and had three rushers reach the century mark. Warswick ran for a game-high 152 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, Isaiah Womack had 109 yards and a score on three carries, and Dismas Womack went for 102 yards and four scores on nine attempts.
“We were really happy to see so many of our younger and back up players get in the game and make plays,” Bryant said. “This team is very committed, and works hard on the little things that makes a team successful.”
Coleville came into Friday’s game averaging 45 points per game, and Whittell limited the Wolves to one score and 190 yards. The Warriors haven’t allowed an opponent to score more than eight points in its first three games this season.
“Coleville has a big line and came into the game with the league’s leading rusher, passer and receiver,” Bryant said. “They come at you hard on every play and that was good preparation for the Virginia City game this week.”
Whittell returns to action Friday, Sept. 23, when it hosts Virginia City (3-0, 1-0) at 6 p.m. The battle of unbeatens features the last two teams to win the league championship — the Warriors a season ago and the Muckers in 2014.
“They know what we do and we know what they do, so there won’t be many surprises on the field,” Bryant said. “It will all come down to execution and which team can impose their will on the other.
“This is why you play and why you coach — the opportunity to play against the best and see what happens.”