Warriors downed by conference leader Corning 35-0
Tribune Sports Staff
"They physically whipped up on us," EPC coach Dusty Meek said Monday morning. "I thought we played hard, but their only loss has been to Cross County and they will probably be playing Harrisburg for the conference championship."
Corning (5-0, 7-1) very methodically took care of business Friday night as they hosted the Warriors and proceeded to defeat them 35-0 to move into a tie for the 3AAA conference lead with the Hornets.
"We played very hard," Meek continued. "And even, though, the score didn't reflect it, I thought we had a good defensive game."
Corning opened the scoring with a 17-yard pass for a TD with 3:31 remaining in the first period. The first of five PATs was successful and the Bobcats quickly had all the lead they would need, 7-0.
Not willing to leave it there, Corning scored once more in the opening quarter making it 14-0 with :31 left in the period.
They scored twice more in the second quarter on runs of three and five yards and went in at the half with a commanding 28-0 lead.
"We forced them into doing some things they didn't want to do," Meek said. "But they were able to adjust and make the points when they needed to."
The second half was mostly a defensive battle as Corning was able to score only once with 8:38 left in the game to bring about the final score of 35-0.
Statistically, EPC ran almost as many plays as the Cougars, 31 to 38. But the yardage difference showed the true outcome of the game as the Warriors had only 125 total yards to Corning's 348.
The leading rusher for EPC was sophomore Zach Brown who had six carries for 34 yards. He was followed by junior Jeremy Kimbrell with 30 yards on nine carries, junior Troy Hull who went one for 22 yards, sophomore Kentrell Campbell who had four yards on five rushes and sophomore Bryant Woodson who was one for two yards.
In passing, Brett Hardin finished 10 for 16 for 36 yards with senior Joseph peridore leading in receptions with three catches for 35 yards. Kimbrell also added a pair of catches for three yards.
"By the time they got ahead of us," Meek concluded. "they were able to just tee-off on us. Toward the end of the game we were driving the ball and had moved from our four to their 10 when the game ended. It's a game we can build on, though."
EPC will host Harrisburg this Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game.