Warren East Rolls Over Fairdale, Moves to State Semis

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

Some might find recent victory celebrations at Warren East a bit odd, especially for a school unaccustomed to football success.

After winning a district championship last week over Franklin-Simpson, head coach Ben Bruni took the championship trophy and tossed it down the field - symbolizing the Raiders' expectation of something more.

Evidently, that ultimate goal doesn't finish with a regional title either.

The Raiders got that win, 54-20 over Fairdale on Friday, and celebrated in their new fashion - with senior quarterback Jordan Ellis doing the honors.

It might be somewhat ironic Ellis did the throwing, especially considering the Raiders built their victory over the Bulldogs on the ground. Ellis finished the regular season as the third-most prolific passer in Class 4A, but the Raiders rushed for 318 yards (including 106 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries from Antonious Owens) in the win.

Ellis still had a terrific day, though, accounting for 286 total yards and four touchdowns in the win.

The Raiders (11-2) move on to the state semifinals next week at unbeaten Lone Oak. The Purple Flash feature the state's most prolific offense, averaging 54.3 points a game. It may be the state's most consistent offense, too - Lone Oak's failed to score 40 points just once all season.

The Purple Flash come in led by quarterback Corey Robinson, who has already set several single-season state records in 2007. His 328 completions are a state record, as are his 5,128 passing yards and his 76.6 completion percentage. His 86 touchdown passes are a national single-season record.

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