Wildcats Too Much For Sherwood, Face Big Test Friday

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Warsaw beat Sherwood 28-0 on Friday night at Warsaw’s homecoming. Now as Paul Harvey would say, “Here is the rest of the story.” Sherwood brought their former coach out of retirement this season in order to halt their some four year losing streak. Yes, four years, but it didn’t happen Friday night in Warsaw.
Both teams had tough times last week as Sherwood could taste victory in an overtime loss to Butler 22-20. Warsaw was coming off a disappointing loss to arch rival Cole Camp 28-7 and on Thursday night at their pregame dinner, Warsaw spirits were somewhat low keyed. However, that would change in a hurry several minutes into Friday’s game
On Warsaw’s first drive from the 16 yard line, it would take ten plays to hit pay dirt. Brady Slavens, who was 4-4 passing on the drive, hit Clayton Simons for a 37 yard pass to set thing up on the 11 yard line. Slavens would hit a wide opened Simons again for the TD. Justin Martin, running in place of the banged up Zach Chapman, would walk in for the two point conversion. That would be all the Wildcats would need.
In the second quarter, it was time for ‘Boogie’ Matt Couzens to show his stuff on a 15 yard pass reception for the TD. The PAT failed. It was 22-0 at the half and after the halftime ceremonies, Warsaw would score again for the final tally.
The Wildcats would call the dogs off late in the fourth while in the red zone with Freshman QB Nick Bagley making an appearance.
It was an ugly game at times filled with penalties and four games in, some of those mistakes shouldn’t be made.
Slavens had a big game with 8-92 rushing with a TD and 15-19 passing with 228 yards and two TD’s. The rest of the scoring was spread around among Aiden Comer, who was 8-37 rushing and 3-69 receiving with a rushing TD on the night. Couzens was 3-69 with one TD.
The defense received their first shut out of the year thanks to some good solid play by Lane Bates, Tristen Reynolds, Austin Rosser, Chase Steiner and a host of others
Jack Gardner had two interceptions and is improving in each and every game.
Warsaw will face their toughest test as 3-1 Buffalo comes to town this Friday night. They were here all summer for the seven on seven scrimmages and for the jamboree, so these two teams are well acquainted. It should definitely be fun.