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Warren football loses heartbreaker to West Hardin 22-20

Warren’s Tony Solano (15) tackles West Hardin ball carrierWarren’s Tony Solano (15) tackles West Hardin ball carrier

 

By Robert Jacobus

WARREN – The Warren Warriors football squad lost a heartbreaking 22-20 decision to the West Hardin Oilers last Friday night.
The evening started on a bright note for the Warriors as they took the opening kickoff back to their own 40. From there Warren marched 60 yards in nine plays, with Devon Hadnot covering the final eight yards for the touchdown. The conversion try was no good and Warren led 6-0.

Bowen Christie then came up with two key plays for the Warriors, one on offense, one on defense. Christie scooped up a West Hardin fumble at the Warren 35-yard line and returned it 31 yards to the Oilers 34. Three plays later on offense, Christie caught a 42-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback Bryce Herrington to put the Warriors up 12-0 with 1:17 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion try was no good.

There was no scoring in the second quarter. Warren had a short drive stall at the West Hardin 48-yard line. With 1:06 left in the first half West Hardin drove to the Warren 33. On third down Warren threw the Oilers for a 10-yard loss and on fourth down a West Hardin pass fell incomplete. Warren then ran two plays to run out the first half and the Warriors led at the break 12-0.

West Hardin came out strong in the third quarter. On the first play from scrimmage the Oilers went straight up the middle with a 48-yard touchdown run to make it 12-6 Warren. The two-point conversion was no good.

Warren responded immediately. After returning the kickoff to their own 40, Devon Hadnot broke off a 13-yard run to the Oilers 47. After a five-yard loss on first down, Warren’s Bryce Herrington ripped off a 31-yard run down to the West Hardin 27. After a Warren personal foul penalty pushed the ball back to the West Hardin 43, Hadnot went 22 yards up the middle to the Oilers’ 21-yard line. After three plays netted eight yards for the Warriors, Hadnot ran around right end on fourth down and two for 10 yards to the West Hardin two to make it first and goal. From there quarterback Herrington took the quarterback sneak into the end zone for a 20-6 Warren lead. The two-point conversion was no good.

West Hardin came right back with another score before the third quarter was over. On fourth and two from the West Hardin36-yard line, the Oilers ran a fake punt for the first down. Another personal foul penalty on Warren gave West Hardin the ball at the Warrior 46. With 17 seconds left in the third quarter, West Hardin ran the ball in for a 17-yard touchdown to make it 20-12.

The Oilers converted the two-point conversion to make it 20-14. Devon Hadnot returned the ensuing kickoff to the West Hardin 33 as the third quarter ended. 

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors drove to the West Hardin 25 but failed to convert a fourth down and three play. West Hardin took over on downs at their own 29 and from there West Hardin ran the ball up the middle for a 55-yard gain to the Warren 16. The Oilers drive stalled, however, as the Warriors stopped West Hardin on fourth down with 6:40 to play.

Warren running back Luke Callaway took off on a 15-yard dash to the Warren 45. The Warriors’ possession stalled after that, and they punted to the West Hardin 33 with 3:19 left in the game.

With 1:31 left in the contest, West Hardin connected on a 46-yard pass to take the ball down to the Warren 6-yard line. From there, West Hardin scored from the 3-yard line on second down to tie the game at 20 with just :55 seconds left. The Oilers ran around right end for the 2-point conversion and their first lead of the night at 22-20.

From there, Warren recovered a squib-kick at their own 42-yard line. The Warriors were able to get off two more plays before time expired.

Warren coach Jay Buckner said after the game “That was a tough one to lose. Our kids fought and they fought and they fought but came up a little bit short. I think we’ll be okay though. Our seniors are doing a real good job of leading and this group seems to be a little more resilient than in past years. We’ll bounce back.”

“A couple of items I was really happy with was that our passing game was 6-for-6 for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Also, we got off to a much better start against West Hardin than we did in our first two games. That was something we had really emphasized to the players the past few days.”

Buckner added, “We have the week off, so we’ll work on getting healthy. We’re down to 20 players and we had three players go down against West Hardin, but they should be alright with an extra week to heal. At practice the next couple of weeks we’re going to continue to get in better shape and we’re going to continue to improve on the little things.”

Lady Warriors triumphant

On another note, the Lady Warriors volleyball team beat Kountze Sept. 11 on the Lions’ home floor 19-25, 25-9, 25-27, 25-18, 15-11. Warren followed up that win with a triumph at Kirbyville on September 14 in four sets. The Lady Warriors are now 2-1 in District 22-3A play. Warren played Anahuac on Tuesday and play East Chambers at home this Friday.

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Warren football starts off 0-2, looks to West Hardin next

 Warren’s Devon Hadnot is taken down after a big gain. (Photo Courtesy of Warren High School yearbook staff) Warren’s Devon Hadnot is taken down after a big gain. (Photo Courtesy of Warren High School yearbook staff)

 

By Robert Jacobus

WARREN – The Warren Warrior football squad started off the 2018 season with an 0-2 mark, losing on Aug. 31 to Huntington 24-14, and to Evadale 30-14 on Sept. 7.

The Warriors started off slow in both contests, falling behind Huntington early before tying the score at 14 in the third quarter. However, Huntington scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to take the win.

Against Evadale, Warren went into halftime with a 14-0 deficit. The Warriors made the game close at 23-14 in the fourth quarter. Warren then had a drive stall out, and Evadale scored a late touchdown to make the final 30-14.

Warren head coach Jay Buckner talked about the Warriors first two games. Buckner said, “We could be 2-0 instead of 0-2 with a little luck.

One thing is we got off to a slow start in both games. The kids are showing fight though. We have only 21 players right now and they could have given up in both contests, but they got back into each game. We just have to start better.

“We got a lot better fundamentally from week one to week two,” Buckner added. “We made fewer mistakes in week two. We were without our quarterback, Brody Brockman, last week, but Bryce Herrington stepped in and did a good job. He had over 130 yards on the ground. I’m encouraged because we’re getting better and showing improvement.”

Buckner then turned his attention to their Friday night opponent West Hardin. Buckner said, “West Hardin is 1-1 and lost to Hull-Daisetta 34-0 last week. They certainly won’t be easy though. Physically we match up with them well. My job this week is to have them prepared from the start, so we don’t fall behind.”

The Warren high school and junior high cross-country teams went to the Jasper meet on Sept, 1, and the junior high team scored some impressive results. Only one high school runner was able to compete for Warren, but the junior high boys won the meet. Eli Carroll placed first for the Warriors at the event, with Finley Yoakum placing second, Jonathan Lee third, Bryce Byrd fifth and Bryce Lechman sixth.

On the girls’ side, Abby Carroll won first place. After the meet, Warren coach Renate Sloan said, “Our varsity was a little shorthanded at Jasper. It was a bit of a slow start, but we’ll improve. Our junior high team did awesome though.”

The team also competed at the Newton meet on Sept. 8. For the girls’ varsity Melody Sanford took first. For the junior high, Abby Carroll won

The Lady Warrior volleyball team lost both of their matches last week after defeating Colmesneil on Friday Aug. 31. In that match Warrior won in straight sets 25-17, 25-18, 27-25.

Warren lost at Shepherd on Sept. 4 and then followed that up with an away loss at Orangefield in their district opener 25-9, 26-24, 25-12.
District play continues this week for the Lady Warriors with an away match at Kountze on Sept. 11 and an away tilt with Kirbyville on Sept. 14.

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Spurger volleyball beats Whitehouse Homeschool; plays in Warren Tournament

Spurger v Buna at Warren Tournament

 

By Robert Jacobus

SPURGER – The Spurger Lady Pirates beat Whitehouse Homeschool in Nacogdoches on Aug. 21 in three sets. The Lady Pirates were originally scheduled to play Goodrich, but Goodrich cancelled the match, so Spurger coach Carrie Brinkley had to dig up an opponent for her team to play.

“We hadn’t played since August 14 versus Hemphill, so if we hadn’t gotten that match against Whitehouse Homeschool, we would have gone eleven days between matches. That would not have been good.”

Going into the Warren Tournament on August 23-25, Brinkley added, “The girls have been playing pretty well. Our practice habits are good and so far, we’ve been able to stay injury free this season. We did bring three junior varsity players up to the varsity for the Warren Tournament to get them some experience.”

At the Warren Tournament, Spurger played eventual tournament winner Buna in the first match of pool play last Friday. Buna beat the Lady Pirates 25-17, 25-15. The match started on a positive note for Spurger as they ran out to a 7-0 lead. Buna closed to within 11-8. Two key service errors and some defensive lapses put the Lady Pirates behind 14-13. Strong serving by Buna’s libero put them up 24-15 and Buna closed out the first set 25-17.

In the second set, poor passing and more service errors helped Spurger fall behind Buna 12-8. Buna extended the lead to 16-10 and then 20-11. The Lady Pirates closed to within 20-15, but Buna won the last five points to take the set 25-15 and took the match 2-0.

In their second match in pool play, Spurger lost to host school Warren in a tight match 25-17, 20-25, 16-14.
On Saturday, the Lady Pirates played in the Bronze Bracket and finished third out of five teams. Spurger lost to Hull-Daisetta 25-15, 25-22 and then Groveton 11-25, 25-18, 15-11.

Spurger recovered to take their last two matches of the tournament. The Lady Pirates defeated former district rival Chester 25-19, 12-25, 15-7. Spurger then defeated Groveton in a rematch 26-24, 14-25, 15-9.
After the match against Whitehouse Homeschool and the Warren Tournament the Lady Pirates’ record now stands at 7-8 for the season.

Spurger played Good Samaritan School on Aug. 28 and play Chester at home on Friday August 31. Spurger opens district play the following Friday Sept. 7 against High Island. The two schools are very familiar with each other. Spurger beat High Island in the playoffs last season to advance to the regional tournament and the two schools played each other in a scrimmage on Aug. 3 before the regular season started.

Brinkley said, “They’re probably going to be our main competition in our new district. It should be a good match to open district play. We know each other well. We can’t wait to get started.”

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Weichert excited about 2018 Warren volleyball; Warrior football scrimmages Friday

Warren linemen in blocking drill

 

By Robert Jacobus

WARREN – Michelle Weichert spoke recently about the Warren Lady Warriors prospects for the 2018 volleyball season.

Weichert is in her sixth season as head coach of the Lady Warriors volleyball team. She said, “We have a very young team. Only two girls have varsity experience. We have some talent but it’s going to take some time to develop. We made the playoffs for the second year in a row, but we lost to Brazos High School in the first round of the playoffs. I think our district is up for grabs this year. Even though we’re young, and it’s going to be challenging to make the playoffs, I still think we can do it. We’ll definitely compete.”

The Lady Warriors opened their season last Tuesday with a loss at Liberty in four sets: 25-10, 22-25, 25-14, 25-15. Weichert added, “We competed very well versus Liberty even though we came up a bit short.”

The Warriors then took part in the Woodville Tournament on Aug. 9 and 11. Lumberton beat the Lady Warriors in a first-round match, 25-6, 25-22. Warren then lost to Cleveland by a score of 25-16, 25-14.

On Saturday the Lady Warriors lost a hard-fought match to Class 6A Beaumont United, 19-25, 25-22, and 25-15.

Weichert concluded, “The first match of the tournament things started off rough for us, but we actually played pretty well the rest of the way.”

This week Warren played at Hull-Daisetta on Tuesday and play in the Groveton Tournament on Aug. 16 and 18. The Lady Warriors also play at Jasper on Friday Aug. 17.

On another note, Warren football Coach Jay Buckner took time out recently to assess the first week of Warrior practice. Warren spent the first 5 days of practice in helmets and shorts only. Last Saturday, the Warriors put on full pads at practice for the first time.

“The attitude of our players in phenomenal so far,” Buckner said. “The kids have worked really hard and both the players and coaches have been very positive. This has been one of the most positive weeks coaching I’ve had in my career.

“The seniors are doing a great job leading and our young players are coming along pretty fast. We’re real young on the line so they have to pick things up quickly. Even though our linemen are young, they’re hungry, talented, and move well.”

Buckner then turned his attention to this Friday’s scrimmage against West Sabine and Kountze at Kountze. “I know we’ll get a great effort from the kids,” Buckner asserted. “We’re going to see who our battlers are, who we want to go to war with.

“We want to make sure everybody gets playing time, which they will. We have to figure out who our first teamers will be and who can work together as a group. We’re looking for guys who can push the starters for playing time and hopefully we’ll find some much-needed depth.

Buckner concluded with, “Team chemistry is also important and obviously something we look for in preseason. Finally, we want to come out of the scrimmage injury-free. We can’t wait for Friday.”

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