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Warren – 32
ASHTON, IL – In a battle of a pair of 0-8 teams the Warren Warriors picked up a 32-0 road win over the Ashton/Franklin Center Raiders. It was not just the final game of the sea- son for the Warriors but it was their final game that would be housed under Warren High School. After battling low numbers the last two seasons Warren will join Black Hawk next season in a co-op with Black Hawk being the host school. For the Warriors underclassmen it means that they will be playing in the Six Rivers Conference in Wisconsin next year which should be more to their liking with the reason being that the NUIC is just flat out to good for smaller schools with low numbers. While Black Hawk has descent num- bers this year but that will not be the case down the road a ways so the co-op should be a good fit for both schools.
Despite going undefeated in the regular season Black Hawk will grad- uate a good senior class this year while Warren has just two seniors, Garrett Williams and Brady Cox. Warren will send a fine crop of under- classmen to South Wayne next year but they will be a major con- tributor in upcoming years. The Warren junior high team had a out- standing season this year losing just one game, that being to Potosi/Cassville who kicked a field goal in the final seconds to take a 17-16 win.
One of those Warrior under- classmen that will still be a Warrior next year since Black Hawk’s mas- cot is also a Warrior played a role in all of the Warren five touch- downs. That junior being the War- riors quarterback Ethan Williams who broke a scoreless game with 3:11 minutes remaining in the opening quarter with a short touch- down run. Before the first quarter would end Ethan made it a 13-0 game with a 24 yard touchdown run and at the 3:24 minute mark of the second quarter the quarterback punched it in from a yard away to give the Warriors a 19-0 advan- tage. Like they did in the first quar- ter the Warriors would add to the lead late in the quarter when Ethan Williams tossed a 11 yard scoring pass to his brother Garrett.
Warren’s defense who allowed just 155 Raiders yards would con- tinue to dominate the home teams offense throughout which coupled with those five touchdowns would pave the way to the win. After a 26-0 first half it was only fitting that the Warriors final score would come on a Ethan Williams 48 yard touch-down pass to Garrett Williams with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter. A interesting note in the win was that the winners scored in the final minute of each of the first three quarters.
Offensively Ethan Williams com- pleted ten of his 16 passes for 182 yards with Garrett having four catches for 126 yards and those two touch- downs. Ethan also led the ground attack with 40 rushing yards on his 16 carries. On defense Garrett Williams has anchored the Warrior defense throughout the year from his linebacker position while Ethan has added from his deep back position. Ethan added two of the Warriors three interceptions which was instrumental in preserving the shutout.
What’s up next for Warren? It might be just seven days away when the Black Hawk Warriors host a Division 7 game in South Wayne. The Black Hawk crowd more likely than not will be joined by some orange and black players from across the border. It’s not really the end of the Warren pro- gram because a new chapter begins next year. One needs to remember that this is not the first program that involved a co-op for Warren since they teamed up with River Ridge for a number of years.