Purples Overpower Raiders 35-7

By: Jeff Woods Email
By: Jeff Woods Email

The Raiders became the third Warren County team to fall to Bowling Green this season, as the Purples pulled away in the second half for a 35-7 victory.

"I thought we were really solid offensively, and while we didn't play our best defensively, we were good enough to hold them (Warren East) to seven," said Bowling Green head coach Kevin Wallace.

The Purples set the tone early with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Trent Steelman to D.L. Moore in the opening drive. Bowling Green followed that up with a Tevin Barksdale six-yard touchdown to give the Purples an early 14-0 lead.

The Raiders' offense would find the endzone in the second quarter when Shenard Holton scored on a two-yard touchdown run, cutting the Bowling Green lead in half. However, it would be the only Warren East score of the night.

"At times we were really good against them and at times we imploded and allowed things to happen," said Warren East head coach Ben Bruni. "We have to learn to play more consistently, especially against good competition like this."

Three Bowling Green running back found the endzone Friday night. Lavance Anderson scored twice in the second half with touchdown runs of four and three yards, while Jared Carpenter and Barksdale each accounted for a touchdown. The 35 points for the Purples marks their second lowest point total since week two.

"I think they have a team that has good foot speed, and they played hard against us," said Wallace. "They're well coached and those are the types of teams we're going to see in the playoffs."

The Raiders (7-2) drop their second straight game, but believe Friday's contest with Bowling Green will help prepare them for the Class 4A playoffs.

"I think we just saw a team that's better than anyone we'll see in the playoffs," said Bruni.

The Purples (8-1) travels to Marshall County next week while the Raiders visit Larue County.

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