Warriors pull away in second half
The EPC Warriors, #5 Class 2A, hosted the Hazen Hornets, #6 Class 2A, in high school football last Friday. The rain was constant and so was the Warriors defense. Leading 20-16 at half, the EPC defense allowed only one score in the second half on their way to a 40-24 win.
The Warriors took the opening kickoff and drove downfield and scored on a one-yard Byron Scales run. The two-point run was no good leaving the score 6-0 EPC with 5:36 left.. All-state performer Tristan McDaniel was lost on the first play of the game when he went down with a leg injury. McDaniel suffered a fractured leg and will be sidelined for a few weeks. Hazen answered the Warriors score as it took them one play to go 89 yards for the score. The two-point conversion was good to make it 8-6 Hornets with 5:18 left in the quarter. Trevor McDaniel gave his team the lead as he scooted in from 23 yards out with 1:45 left. The two-point try was no good and the first quarter ended with EPC leading 12-8.
Hazen took a 16-12 lead with a touchdown run and two-point conversion with 9:24 left in the second quarter. EPC drove down inside the Hazen 10-yard line only to be denied and forced to punt. A bad snap forced the Hazen punter to run the ball and he was stopped short of the first down and EPC took over at the Hornets 20-yard line. The Warriors would capitalize as Aaron Scales found Trevor McDaniel for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 3:51 left. The duo hooked up again for the two-point conversion to make it 20-16 EPC. Hazen turned the ball over on downs with 45 seconds left as Zach Maddox came up with a quarterback sack.
Both defenses were tough the first half of the third quarter. Hazen coughed the ball up and Seth Lacy fell on it at the Hazen 46-yard line with 4:46 left. EPC would again take advantage as Aaron Scales found his brother Byron Scales for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 2:15 left. Lacy caught the two-point conversion pass to make it 28-16 Warriors. Hazen added a touchdown run and two-point conversion to make it 28-24 with 1:35 left in the third. EPC drove down to the Hazen 14-yard line as the time ran out in the quarter.
Aaron Scales opened the fourth quarter with a 14-yard run on the first play. The two-point play was no good leaving the score 32-24 EPC. The defenses flexed their muscles again over the next 10 minutes as neither team could score any points. EPC got a Byron Scales nine-yard run with 1:24 left. The two-point try was no good making the score 40-24. Paul Pilgrim forced a Hazen fumble with 32 seconds left with McKenzie Betts recovering ending the Hornets last threat of scoring.
"Physical," was EPC coach Brian Weathers first thoughts after the game. "In these conditions, the most physical team usually comes out on top," Weathers added. "We made some adjustments at half and hats off to our coaches for the job they did," Weathers said.
Aaron Scales rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown while completing eight of 13 passes with two touchdown passes. Byron Scales finished with 89 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also had a touchdown receiving. Trevor McDaniel chipped in 77 yards rushing and had a touchdown reception.
Byron Scales led the Warriors defense with 10 tackles while Pilgrim recorded nine tackles and forced a fumble. T.J. Young, Lacy, Betts and Corbin Truelove all recovered a fumble.