Wartburg falls to Harriman despite promising start

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By The Staff

The Wartburg Bulldogs traveled to Harriman Friday evening to take on the Blue Devils.

Wartburg came out strong and held its own in the first quarter, but Harriman picked up the convincing 54-14 victory to move to 2-0 on the season.

Harriman was led in rushing by Trezdin Copeland as he had 12 carries for 110 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bradly Frost added 7 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Frost was 4-for-9 in the air with 82 yards and 1 touchdown.

Kylann Love was 3-or-4 with 75 yards in the air.

Giovanni Cromwell had 2 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. Cromwell also added 2 interceptions.

Josh Moore led the Bulldogs on the night with 10 carries for 62 yards and 1 touchdown.

Moore was 8-17 with 72 passing yards.

Despite the Blue Devils running away with the football game, the Bulldogs made things interesting in the first quarter as the two teams found themselves tied up at 14-14 after one period of football played.

“We had a lot of work to do this week,” said Wartburg head coach Kevin Human said. “We have had a lot of injuries and we had to move a lot of guys around.”

With Tyler Davis out for a few more weeks, Josh Moore started at quarterback for Wartburg for the second consecutive game.

“He is the type of kid if I tell him to play left guard, he will. He is a leader anywhere we ask him to play,” Human said.

Harriman won the opening toss and chose to defer to the second half. With the opening kickoff, Saylor Jones took the ball a long distance and ended up at the Blue Devil 27-yard line to start things off for the visiting Bulldogs.

After an Abran Godsey sack for Harriman, the Bulldogs were set up with fourth-and-14. Josh Moore connected with Caleb McCarty for the 30-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a quick 6-0 lead as the extra point was no good.

With their second play from the line of scrimmage, Frost connected with Cromwell with the 49-yard touchdown. Mikail Moore’s PAT was good to give Harriman the 7-6 lead with 8:17 left in the first quarter.

Moore scored with a quarterback keeper from 33 yards out, then connected with Saylor Jones for the 2-point conversion to bring the score to 14-7.

Facing third down, Frost used his legs to pick up the first down and more with a 30-yard gain. Copeland scored his first touchdown of the night, followed by a Moore extra point to tie things up at 14-14.

The Blue Devils turned a pair of turnovers into touchdowns to pull ahead 28-14 in the second quarter.

Cromwell then picked up his second interception of the night, but Jake Hamby then picked up an interception of his own for the Bulldogs. Despite causing a turnover, the Bulldogs couldn’t get anything going and they turned the ball over with 9 seconds left in the first half.

Harriman didn’t put any points on the board in the final seconds of the half and went into the halftime with a 28-14 lead.

The Blue Devils were quick to score in the third quarter as Copeland rumbled in from 25 yards out for his third touchdown of the night. After a PAT from Moore, the Blue Devils held a comfortable 35-14 lead with 9:38 left in the third.

Copeland picked up his fourth touchdown of the night with 5:07 left in the third followed by another Moore extra point, extending Harriman’s lead to 42-14.

The final score of the night came from Harriman’s Jason Capps as he took off from 50 yards out and picked up the last touchdown of the night to bring the score to 54-14.

Both teams will play their first region games of the year on the road this Friday night with Harriman at Coalfield (1-1) and Wartburg at Oneida (2-0).