The Eminence Warriors overcame rain and injuries on the road against a bigger opponent to win 26-0 over the Atherton Rebels Friday.
The rain poured down from about one minute into the game until the end with only a brief break during halftime, according to coach Steve Frommeyer.
“Our kids didn’t seemed bothered by the rain,” Frommeyer said. “Overall, we played our best game of the year.”
The Warriors’ passing game didn’t seemed to be affected by the rain in the first half as Justin Mitchell completed four passes for 108 yards including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Shelby Armstrong to open the scoring. Armstrong ran in the two-point conversion to give the Warriors an 8-0 lead late in the first period.
But Mitchell went down early in the second quarter, aggravating a back injury sustained last season, and the Warriors had to improvise a backup plan that didn’t include much passing.
DeMarcus Bailey moved to quarterback and ran in the Warriors’ second score of the game from 71 yards out to make it 14-0.
Bailey added a 10-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to give the Warriors a 20-0 lead.
Injuries continued to plague the Warriors as Bailey twisted his ankle in the third period, which led Frommeyer to move his top running back, Armstrong, to quarterback.
Armstrong ran in another touchdown from six yards out early in the fourth quarter for the final score. Frommeyer made one last quarterback change in the game to give Armstrong a break. This time, senior wide receiver Jalen Dixie got the call. Dixie did not score but had three runs for 13 yards.
“The kids’ attitudes were tremendous,” Frommeyer said. “Our senior leadership and mental toughness was good. The seniors really stepped up with Justin going down and the tough conditions. It was raining cats and dogs the whole night and we didn’t let it bother us.”
The Warriors took advantage of Rebel turnovers, recovering three fumbles and getting another interception from Dixie who now has three on the year.
Frommeyer was very pleased with the defensive performance. “We gave up only 120 yards rushing and no passing yards,” he said.
Mitchell’s stats were impressive despite a short night for the junior quarterback. He was 4-8 passing with 108 yards and ran the ball three times for 19 yards.
Armstrong had another solid performance at running back with 107 yards and two touchdowns ands also led the team in tackles with eight.
Bailey had his best offensive performance of the season with 169 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Tyrei Hanlon and Hayden Hoofman had impressive defensive performances with seven tackles each.