The Warriors Season Comes to an End

The Warriors travel to Cambria Heights for the first round of District Six playoffs.
The Warriors offense lines up in the red zone awaiting the play call.
The Warrior’s offense lines up in the red zone awaiting the play call.
Image/Graphics by Alisa Liptak

On Friday, November 3rd, the West Branch Warriors took on the Cambria Heights Highlanders. The Warriors won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Warriors put together a drive however the Highlanders forced a turnover-on-downs. The Highlanders took advantage of the field position and scored. After a blocked extra point by Azadio Vargas, the score was 6-0. The Warriors got the ball back after the kickoff and began their drive. The offense poked and prodded the Highlander defense the whole way down the field, finishing the drive off with a one-yard quarterback sneak from Tyler Biggans. This touchdown marked another huge milestone for Tyler because this would end up being the 100th and final touchdown of his high school career. The extra point was unfortunately missed leaving the score at 6-6. After a few possessions for each team, the highlanders found themselves in the endzone just before the half, and after a missed two-point conversion the score at halftime was 12-6 with the Warriors trailing. 

The Warriors came out of the half feeling aggressive. The kickoff unit tried their luck at an onside kick, where they would find themselves recovering giving the offense an amazing field position. However, the Warriors couldn’t capitalize on this opportunity. After a series of miscues and back-to-back holding penalties, the Warriors found themselves in a quite difficult position, with a third-and-38. West Branch tried their hand at a halfback screen, where another holding penalty was called, pushing them further behind the sticks. The Warriors ended up punting away to the Highlanders. The Highlanders ended up running away with the lead, scoring 28 unanswered points and ending the game with a score of 40-6. Although the Warriors fought hard and weren’t able to secure the victory, this season was the first time in five years that West Branch was able to make it to the postseason. Austin Kerin stated, “This year’s success gives Warrior football a new identity, and is going to lead to years and years of dominance.”

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