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Warriors down Jets in rivalry game

Erwin – In a battle of rival teams on a nasty Friday night (Oct. 25), Erwin downed the Enka Jets as the Warriors took home-field advantage in a 28-7 soggy, rainy game.

After Erwin had the ball to start the game, both the Warriors and the Jets would have to punt the ball away. Erwin on the next possession would put together a drive to the end zone where Erwin’s Monty Williams would run it in one yard for the first score of the game and with a good point after attempt (PAT) by Fernando Marin, the Warriors would have a 7-0 lead.

On the Jets’ next drive, Erwin picked off Enka’s first pass and put together a drive that lasted through to the start of the second quarter threatening another touchdown, but Erwin would not be able to take advantage of the interception.

Enka, deep in their territory, would put together a drive of their own, marching 89 yards down the field, ending with a Dallas Phillip 10-yard run for a touchdown at the 5:31 mark in the second quarter. A good Carson Reeves’ PAT tied the ball game at 7-7 at the half.

After having the ball first to start the third, Enka could not capitalize on their possession, but with 5:53 on the clock, a 108-yard pass from Erwin’s Jared Penland to Shy Stillwell and a good Marin PAT and Erwin would take the lead back 14-7. Enka had to punt their next possession away to Erwin, who would drive to the end zone scoring with a 14-yard run from Monty Williams but would have to settle for just the touchdown points as the PAT failed to make it 20-7 Erwin leading Enka at the 11:52 mark in the fourth.
A good return by the Jets would give them a start at their 43 after a 28-yard kick-off return gave hope to Enka to get something going. However, it was not to be with Erwin getting the ball back and marching downfield eating clock as they took their time on the drive. The drive ended in a Tristian Brank 17-yard pass touchdown from Penland, and Penland would pass to Mikey Gettman for a good two-point conversion with 3:45 left in the game, making it 28-7, which would be the final points of the game.

Erwin would out stat Enka in every category including 315 total offensive yards compared to Enka’s 161, 19 first downs to the Jets eight, and 172 passing yards to zero. The only bright spot for the Jets was in the return yardage, which they had 60 compared to the Warriors’ 51. Erwin is now 3-3 in conference play and 3-6 overall. They will play Mitchell at Bakersville Friday night.

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