WC again runs past Bulldogs
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:02 pm
The growth and maturity seemingly is paying off right now.
The War Eagles controlled the tempo, churned up 323 yards — all on the ground — took advantage of four Gleason fumbles to dispatch the visiting Bulldogs 35-14 in the second round of the Class 1A state football playoffs Friday night.
West Carroll will entertain Union City in Atwood 7 p.m. Friday. The Tornadoes advanced to the quarters by taking down rival Lake County 42-33. The winner of Friday’s game will take on either Huntingdon or Wayne County in the Class A semifinals.
Fronabarger said he feels like his team is peaking at the right time and largely because of his stoppers.
“We’ve not played bad and our defense has come along,” he said. “We made some adjustments earlier on that side of the ball and that’s been the biggest difference. We held Gleason to under 100 yards rushing.”
In addition, the War Eagles controlled the tenor from the start.
WC ran 21 plays in the first quarter to Gleason’s three and jumped to a 14-0 lead as the second quarter began. West Carroll was a multi-headed monster. Senior running back Carson Suite had 21 carries for 122 yards and two scores. Jamal Glenn had 12 carries for 112 yards and Jacob Wynn was what Fronabarger termed a “touchdown scavenger.” Wynn carried for 50 yards but scored three TDs.
“Carson and I don’t get to talk much during the game because he’s always on the field,” Fronabarger said of his multi-tasking senior. “He has over 1,100 yards this season and he’s playing fullback with no lead blocker. It’s pretty impressive to average 100 yards a game with no lead blocker.”
West Carroll took control early and often against the Bulldogs. The Eagles opened the game with an 11-play march that resulted in a 2-yard TD run by Wynn. Darwin Martinez booted the first of five PATs for the early 7-0 lead. After a quick three-and-out by Gleason, the War Eagles really put the Bulldogs in a whole.
They ate up the remainder of the first with 10 plays, then scored on the first play of the second frame, a six-yard blast from Suite. Gleason led 14-0.
Gleason responded with an eight-yard score from Zach Mileski. Conner Verdell added the first of his two conversion kicks and the Bulldogs trailed 14-7.
Wynn tacked on another six points right before the half and West Carroll enjoyed a 21-7 advantage at the half.
“We ran 21 plays in the first quarter to their three,” Fronabarger said. “When we do our thing, we wear you down.”
West Carroll took a 28-7 lead as the second half began. Wynn scored from the four. Gleason answered with a four-yard run by Mileski early in the fourth and Gleason was still in the hunt, 28-14.
The War Eagles added a cosmetic touchdown with about two minutes left in the game as Suite punched in a six-yard TD.
Suite was a load on offense but had 10 tackles to pace the defense as well.
Mileski had 28 yards rushing to lead the Bulldogs.
Verdell was 9-of-15 passing for 107 yards.
Three times, West Carroll has enjoyed a 12-game season (1998, 2000 and 2004), but this is the first time the War Eagles, because of the first-round bye, have played 12 games and been in the quarterfinals.
This was Gleason’s 10th appearance in the playoffs and the second time it has played in 12 games. Published in The WCP 11.15.11