Warrensburg tops Van Horn

By Mike Genet The Examiner
Posted: August 26, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Some big-play magic kept Van Horn’s football team in the game at halftime Friday against visiting Warrensburg.

But the Falcons couldn’t replicate that in the second half and struggled to stop the Tigers’ running game all night, as Warrensburg left Independence All-School Stadium with a 47-14 win.

Outside of a single 20-yard completion, the rest of Warrensburg’s 470 yards on offense came on the ground, as the Falcons’ defense showed its youth at times.

Meanwhile, Van Horn (1-1) couldn’t sustain enough offense, finishing with 178 yards and just seven first downs.

“We’ve got to get used to the physicality, which is a struggle right now. It’s going to be a challenge because we’re so young,” Van Horn coach William Harris said. “At times we had five freshmen out there. Not that it’s an excuse, but we’ve got to get used to it.

“That’s a legit 4A team,” Harris added of Warrensburg.

The Tigers (1-1) scored on a their first possession, an 11-play, 69-yard trek capped by quarterback Ejyah Sheridan’s 7-yard keeper. Early in the second quarter, immediately after a Van Horn punt, Miles Moore swept around left end for a 41-yard score to make it 14-0.

Van Horn countered two minutes later Shaun Ross’ 37-yard heave to Terrion Seddens set up a 6-yard TD strike to Evan Neal.

Connor Burson’s 13-yard touchdown run put Warrensburg back up by two scores, but Van Horn struck again right before halftime.

After pinning Warrensburg at the 1 and forcing a punt, the Falcons started in Tigers territory with 58 seconds left. On third down, Ross turned a scramble into a 45-yard touchdown run. Tanner Smith kicked the extra point, and the Falcons had so momentum at halftime.

“That’s kind of why I was using my last timeouts there before halftime,” Harris said, “so we could try and score, and then we get to the ball to start the second half. We come out, score, we’re up. I knew the offense could score; I didn’t think we’d get shut out in the second half. Obviously, the plan didn’t work out.”