SEMINOLE — The Warriors rolled to a win over the Warhawks (1-6) on Thursday with a trio of running backs and a stout defense.
On the first drive of the game, junior Jace Browne and senior Edwin McKinney broke back-to-back 25-yard runs to set up McKinney's first touchdown, a 1-yard run. On the second drive, Browne scampered 70 yards, which led to McKinney's second touchdown. Senior Rickey Grant followed with a 51-yard touchdown run on the following drive.
And that was just the first quarter.
"Our running backs have been working hard, sharing the ball, everything," said McKinney. "It doesn't matter who we give it to. We can get it done."
The Warriors (2-5) racked up 436 rushing yards, averaging more than 13 yards a carry with six touchdowns. While Browne led the rushing with 137 yards; McKinney had 103 and scored three times. Grant was not far behind with 96 yards and a touchdown.
"We like to be balanced in the running game," coach George Palmer said. "It's nice having more than one back carrying the load. It opens things up for us."
Senior quarterback Mark Oliver also ran for a touchdown and added one through the air, a 22-yard strike to sophomore Mike Jones.
"The O-line came out hard," Oliver said. "We shot for 300 yards this week, and we did our thing out here. The defense put us in good positions."
The Warriors defense recovered three fumbles, giving up just 71 total yards in the first half. The Warhawks' longest offensive play went for 15 yards.
"They played hard, and that's all we ask," defensive coach Mike O'Hanlan said. "We got two wins in a row, so we realize we have a chance to win each week now. We're on a roll and hopefully we can carry it out into next week."