Warren East Routs Franklin-Simpson, Takes Control of District Race

By: Kyle Edelen Email
By: Kyle Edelen Email

Warren East and Franklin-Simpson are still the top two teams in Class 4A District 2.

However, after the Raiders' victory over the Wildcats, the distance between the two schools stretches much further than the district records will indicate.

Warren East dominated the game on both sides of the ball in a 27-point win.

"When you win in this fashion it's hard to complain," said Warren East head coach Ben Bruni.

Defensively, the Raiders held a Franklin-Simpson offense that was averaging 40 points a game in it's last three contests to just seven points.

"Everyone on the internet said our defense was no good," said Warren East senior quarterback Jordan Ellis. "But tonight we stepped up and proved ourselves."

The Raiders twice stopped the Wildcats inside the red zone and held them without a score in the first half.

Franklin-Simpson coach Tim Schlosser acknowleged Warren East's impressive defensive performance after the game.

"They did a good job holding him (Wildcat quarterback Courtney Dalcourt) down," said Schlosser. "They did a nice job defensively and you have to give them credit."

Dalcourt scampered for an 80 yard touchdown that pulled the Wildcats within a touchdown at 14-7 midway through the third quarter.

However, Warren East answered with a 73-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown plunge by Ellis. The Raider offense outgained the Wildcats 550 to 285.

"Our offense executed when it had to execute," said Bruni. "That's the mark of good football teams."

After stopping the Wildcats, Ellis threw his third of four touchdown passes to Shenard Holton and that gave the Raiders a commanding 27-7 lead.

"We pulled within 14-7 and they answered the call," said Schlosser.

Ellis finished 10-for-21 passing for 213 yards and four touchdowns.

Warren East (5-0, 2-0 Class 4A District 2) will host Logan County next week while Franklin-Simpson (3-2, 2-1) will host Bowling Green.

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