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The high school boys played two games with the A team playing an experienced Penn team at McMillan park in Fort Wayne on Saturday. Penn opened the scoring against the run of play in the middle of the first half. "Warsaw had most of the territory and most of the possession pinning the Penn team back in their half for most of the first half.
"We were playing well but a small lapse in concentration allowed Penn to advance into our goal area and score with a well worked move" said coach Trevor Cracknell.
This was answered late in the first half by a determined run by Jeremy Lehman who scored under the posts. The conversion was narrowly missed by Desmond Hudson with the ball hitting the post and rebounding out into play. The second half started with Penn taking the lead almost immediately from the kick off. The rest of the half was a similar story to the first with Warsaw applying long periods of pressure only to concede another try and a conversion from a short period of pressure from Penn. The final score was Penn 17 Warsaw 5
The high school boys B team played a Bishop Dwenger development team. This time Warsaw opened the scoring with a try by Austen Fryback early in the first half. Warsaw continued as they had started putting a lot of pressure on the Dwenger forwards and backs. A jinking run by Darian Arnold resulted in a try which put Warsaw up by 10 points to nil at the half. The second half started with Dwenger having a good period of continued possession which nearly resulted in them scoring. However, strong aggressive defense from Warsaw allowed them to clear their line and move down the field. After this initial thrust the game was all Warsaw with Austen Fryback scoring his second try which was converted by Darian Arnold. Followed late in the game by a long range try by Spencer Davidson bringing the final score at the end of the game to Warsaw 22 bishop Dwenger Nil
"I'm very proud of the way the way that the Warsaw boys teams played this weekend said coach Cracknell. This group of young men have been working hard in practice the last few weeks and its beginning to show in how they are playing. We have a lot of new players and its fun to see them learn this sport. I'm also excited to have two teams this year which is a first for the Warsaw boys program. They still have a lot to learn but if they keep progressing like they have over the last few weeks we will be a force to recon with come playoff time. With so many good performances over the weekend its hard to single out players but some outstanding covering tackles by Desmond Hudson kept us in the A team game against Penn. In the same way Justin Netherland playing a new position for him in the B team game was also outstanding."
The Warsaw Boys teams next game is at home against Bishop Dwenger at the CCAC on Wednesday 3/28 start time 5:30 PM
The Warsaw High School girls team opened their season Sunday on the road against Hamiliton Southeastern. Warsaw took the lead early in the first half with try from Brooke Netherland. Southeastern replied almost from the kick off tying the game at 5 points all. Warsaw took the lead before the end of the half from another try from Netherland putting Warsaw into a 10 to 5 lead at half time. Hamiliton hit back immediately at the start of the second half to level the scores. This spurred the Warsaw team into action with them finally starting to play as a team. The remainder of the second half was all Warsaw's with two further tries being scored by Netherland bring her total up to four and tries by Alyson Walls, Shelby Stone and Meghan Boston bring the final score to Warsaw 35 Hamiliton Southeastern 10.
"We took some time to shake the cobwebs from our game said Coach Cracknell. Once we got rid of our game rustiness we never looked like losing this game. We are still a young team and are learning each time we play. Our three rookies deserve a special mention Jessica Espinoza (sophomore) played well hitting rucks and scrummaging hard, Dasha Ogden (freshman) made a number of crunching tackles and lastly but not least Ashley Miller (freshman) who came within a few inches from scoring a try in her first game.
The Warsaw high School girls next game is at home on Sunday April 14th details of time and place to be determined.