Warriors look to keep things rolling against the Rebels

Published 8:47 am Wednesday, October 4, 2023

By Ron Marvel

Star Correspondent

Momentum can be like trying to grab water out of a bucket, difficult to hold and often fleeting. However, these 2023 Warriors have grabbed some momentum lately, as they have won three in a row. Friday night the Warriors got it going early and kept it going throughout as they whipped up on the Hancock County Indians 40-6.

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The rushing attack for Happy Valley was in sync as the Warriors gained over 240 yards on the ground. 

 

Aiden Paul picked up 123 yards on just 3 carries while posting 3 touchdowns on the scoreboard. Paul would also toss a 25-yard touchdown to senior wideout Dawson Young. James Esterline also had 65 yards and Joseph Sowards would rush for 48 to fuel the rushing attack. Defensively the Warriors would keep the Indians scoreless until late in the 4th quarter, when Coach Jason Jarrett would be giving many of his younger players valuable snaps. Gabe McDougald and Ron Parker would pick up interceptions which just squeezed the life out of a couple of Hancock County drives. Coach Jarrett likes the attitude with which his team is playing. “We are playing more physical in all phases right now; discipline has also been much approved as far as less penalties and our execution,” Jarrett shared.

 

Coach Jarrett knows that these wins have fueled his team and it’s showing in their practices. “Three wins in a row have been huge for us and our confidence. They are buzzing around in practice with more focus and higher energy,” Jarrett added. That level of drive will have to continue this week as they prepare for an undefeated South Greene Rebels team that is dynamic and multi-faceted on offense. Rebels quarterback Jacob Susong is a dual threat and can move the pocket to find open receivers. They also have a 1-2 punch at running back with Nash Rader and Connor Race. In addition, the Rebels also have a big athletic defense, led by linebacker Trey Gentry, that will take advantage of any opportunities an offense will give them.

Coach Jarrett recognizes the talent his team will see this Friday night. “South Greene is a big physical fast football team; they can score from anywhere on the field and defensively, they rally to the football well,” Jarrett shared. No doubt the Happy Valley Warriors coaching staff will shift the focus this week off of these three wins and squarely on the task at hand with a 6-0 South Greene team that will be hungry at home. Kick-off will be at 7 pm.