Warrior 8th falls to KH in 43-34 stunner
Friday, 16 September 2011 14:41
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The Warriors appeared to be ready to cruise to an Ark River League victory and a 3-0 start to the season after jumping out to a 16-0 lead against Kenneth Henderson Thursday.
But a late rally by the Falcons in a shootout ended with a 43-34 Warrior loss.
Cody Arrelano put the Warriors on the board early when he stripped the ball form a Kenneth Henderson runner and ran 68 yards for the Warrior touchdown.
“(Assistant coach) Craig Maynard worked with the guys about stripping the ball,” West coach Nick Zimmerman said. “Cody took that to heart. I thought we had the tackle, and Cody popped out with the ball, and there he went.”
West jumped out to the 16-0 lead on a pass from Jared Hasik to Stevie Lira.
The game turned late on West when the Falcons, trailing 28-26, kicked onside. One of West’s front line blockers reached high for the ball and tipped it into the air. The live ball was then recovered by the Falcons.
“That was a turning point in the game,” Zimmerman said. “That shifted momentum and took the wind out of our sails.”
Kenneth Henderson took the ball down the field and scored to take the lead.
The Warriors responded with a touchdown of their own to regain the lead.
But another special teams play aided the Falcons when Kenneth Henderson returned the kick-off for a touchdown.
West’s Jared Hasik had a chance to make the touchdown saving tackle at the 10 yard line, but no other Warriors closed in to help finish the play. The Falcon was able to shake Hasik loose and score the winning touchdown.
“It was back and forth,” Zimmerman said. “We would make a great play, score, and our confidence was up. We would get comfortable, and then guys took plays off. They were tired playing both sides of the ball. We missed tackles, overran plays, didn’t wrap up. They made more big plays than we did.”
The Warriors will travel to Ulysses to face the Cubs Thursday.
“We will be working on special teams and tackling,” Zimmerman said.