Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tigers Down Warriors in Rain Shortened Tilt 56-14

Worth County downed Albany in a rain-shortened contest 56-14 as they improved to 3-1 following their season opening loss to South/Nodaway Holt. Albany came into the game with one of the top backs in eight man football in Maverick Hall. But he met his match in Wade Rush, who was credited with 21 tackles and was in on the majority of stops that night.

Cade Allee started things off by throwing a 14 yard strike to Mason Hawk that got them into Warrior territory. Isaac Alarcon picked up five yards and then Cade Allee fooled everyone by faking a handoff to Wade Rush and then bouncing to the outside for a 31 yard score with 11 minutes left in the quarter. Isaac Alarcon ran in the extra points to make it 8-0.

Albany, running behind its huge offensive line, got into Tiger territory with an 11 yard run from Maverick Hall to the Tiger 38. But with Albany facing fourth and two at the Tiger 30, Isaac Alarcon shot through unblocked and dropped Seth Bennett for a three yard loss to the 33 as the Warriors gave up the ball on downs.

Worth County was faced with fourth and seven at their own 36, but instead of punting, they sprung Isaac Alarcon loose on a quick pitch and he beat Trevor O’Neal around the right edge. There was nobody else to stop him and he scampered in for a 44 yard strike with 7:16 left in the first quarter and ran in the extra points to make it 16-0.

Mason Hawk batted down a pass on third down and Albany was forced to punt. A bad snap pinned the Tigers back to their own 12, but Isaac Alarcon got loose on a power sweep as Drake Kinsella pulled from his right guard spot and sprung him loose for 49 yards down to the Warrior 29. Wade Rush caught an 11 yard pass from Cade Allee for 11 yards to the 18, Isaac rumbled for 7 down to the 11, and then Worth County lined up in the Wildkat formation with Isaac Alarcon taking the direct snap. He pulled off a perfect fake handoff to Wade Rush and bounced to the left side for an 11 yard touchdown run. Cade Allee ran in the extra points behind the blocking of Colton Wilmes to make it 24-0 with 4:08 left.

Albany muffed the ensuing kickoff out of bounds at their own 10 and went three and out, allowing Worth County to have good field position at midfield. Despite Warrior coach Doug Fountain burning a timeout and telling his squad to “pick it back up,” Worth County was able to get in another scoring drive. Isaac Alarcon picked up four and then Cade got free on an option as Cody Coburn got sucked inside and picked up 11 to the Warrior 25. Allee then threw a strike over the middle to Ryan McClellan, who wrested the ball from two defenders and got into the end zone with 59 seconds left. Jayden Mancuso ran in the extra points to make it 32-0.

Once again, Albany went three and out and this time, the punt was shanked. For some reason, instead of getting away from it, Caleb Parman caught it, returned it for a short distance, and fumbled as he was hit at the Warrior 33. A recovery by the Warriors would have given them a break, but the officials ruled the ball had gone out of bounds first, giving Worth County a short field to work with. They only needed one play to score as Isaac Alarcon took a dive up the middle, got a block from Harley Charles, and was off to the races with 11:40 left in the second quarter. Cade Allee took a sweep down the left side and got blocks from Drake Kinsella and Caleb Parman to get in to make it 40-0 and get the extra points.

Caleb Parman’s kickoff went into the end zone and Albany was faced with a long field at their own 15. Maverick Hall got a first down run to the 30, but three plays later, Albany fumbled it and Drake Kinsella recovered it on the Warrior 32 for another short field to work with. This time, Jayden Mancuso got the bulk of the carries and Wade Rush got an 8 yard carry as well. Mancuso followed a big surge by the line and got in with 7:38 left to go to make it 48-0.

After that, coach Chris Healy began subbing freely and moving people around to different positions before the game was called after three quarters due to heavy rain and lightning. Albany scored right before halftime to make it 48-8 before Cade Allee aired it out to Caleb Parman for a 50 yard strike despite the downpour. Albany tallied again late in the frame.

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