The Eminence Warriors finished the regular season at home Friday night with a 42-8 Parent-Night victory over the Clinton County Bulldogs. The win left the Warriors with a 7-3 record to close out the season.
The Warriors were able to put big offensive numbers up despite the wet and windy conditions that blanketed the state Friday night.
“We did some extra drills on ball security this week after all the turnovers last week and the kids responded well,” Coach Steve Frommeyer said. “We had no turnovers despite the bad weather conditions. We played really well, except that sometimes we still didn’t tackle as well as we would like.”
The Warriors got on the scoreboard first with 1:21 remaining in the 1st quarter on a Justin Mitchell run. Daishon Moore ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Brandon Mitchell caught a pass from Justin Mitchell with 8:58 remaining in the 2nd quarter and Shelby Armstrong got the 2-point conversion to give the Warriors a 16- point cushion.
Demarcus Bailey finished off the first half scoring with a 21-yard touchdown reception 3:46 from halftime that sent the Warriors into the half leading 22-0.
Armstrong opened the scoring in the second half with his first rushing touchdown of the night with 10:36 left in the third quarter to make it 28-0.
With 4:34 to go in the third quarter Brandon Mitchell caught his second touchdown pass of the game and Armstrong tacked on the conversion points to make it 36-0.
Just 2 minutes later, Clinton County got their lone touchdown of the game to make it 36-8.
Armstrong added another touchdown run to close out the scoring and give the Warriors the comfortable victory.
While Daishon Moore accounted for just 2 of the Warriors 42 points, Frommeyer was impressed with his running and the balance of his team’s offense. “We had had 37 offensive plays and scored 42 points,” Frommeyer said, “We had a good balance of run and pass. Daishon had his first 100-yard rushing game. I was really happy for him because it came on Senior Night.”
Frommeyer thought his other seniors also went out on a high note. “Brandon Mitchell had a toe injury that he struggled with all week and then he came out and had 6 catches for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns,” he said. “He played really well. Ben Smith and Curtis Barrett played really well and with a lot of passion. It was Ben’s birthday and he was only out of the game for a couple of plays all night. The seniors are great kids and we are going to miss them. They always play really hard.”
The Warriors will travel to Bellevue Friday to take on the Tigers in the first round of the playoffs. Bellevue finished the season with a 6-4 record including an early-season 13-6 loss to Henry County. The Tigers ended the season with three consecutive blowout victories.
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