Warren scouting report: Warriors facing possibility of school’s third winless season
VINCENT — The Warren Warriors will conclude their 2015 season on the turf at Logan Chieftain Stadium on Friday.
And while Senior Night is always bittersweet, the underclassmen and coaches from the Washington County school may be looking forward to turning the page.
The “Big Blue” limp into Logan with an 0-9 overall record, including a pair of SEOAL losses to Gallipolis and Jackson. The Warriors have just one win during the two-year tenure of head coach Anthony Fish… a win over county rival Marietta in 2014.
Barring an upset of the Chieftains on Friday night, the Warriors will suffer their first winless season since going 0-10 in both 2002 and 2003. It would be the third winless season in school history.
The Warren offense is averaging fewer than four points per game. The Warriors have been shut out five times and have scored more than one touchdown in a game just once all season.
Quarterback Bryce Gandee (6-2, 155, junior) is a dual threat in Warren’s diverse offense. The Blue and White will line up primarily in spread formations, but can also go to the “I-formation” under center.
Cole Riffle (5-10, 150, sophomore) will line up in the backfield with Gandee, with Jake Davis (5-9, 185, senior) and Justus Johnson (5-9, 180, senior) lining up as running backs, wing backs, and slot backs depending on formation. Alex Mills (5-9, 145, junior) adds depth in the running game.
Michael Smith (6-2, 185, junior) and Bishop Ford (6-2, 145, junior) are big targets on the outside in the Warrior’s passing game.
Warren doesn’t lack size up front: the Warriors average 235 pounds per man from tackle to tackle. Robert Fish (6-3, 215, senior) and Ethan Walker (6-1, 275, sophomore) are the tackles, with David Rowland (6-4, 220, senior) and John Welch (6-0, 215, sophomore) lining up at guard. Cameron Corser (5-9, 250, junior) is the center.
Warren’s defense is allowing over 40 points per game. No team has failed to score 20 points against the Warriors, and only two teams were held below 30. The Warriors will line up in a 4-3 base defense.
Fish and Smith line up as the defensive ends while Riffle and Scott Cunningham (5-7, 215, sophomore) are the tackles. Zach Rohr (6-0, 155, senior) and Walker add depth on the defensive line.
Davis and Nick Fish (5-10, 175, junior) are the outside linebackers with Rowland manning the middle linebacker spot. Mills and Johnson are the cornerbacks with Ford and Ronald Hill (6-0, 165, sophomore) lining up as safeties.
Robert Fish handles the punting chores for the Washington Countians.
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Logan football historian Spencer Waugh of loganfootball.com previews the Chiefs’ opponent every Thursday in The Logan Daily News. And, Friday night, you can once again listen to Logan Chieftain football live on the Internet by logging onto loganfootball.com, where Waugh and Kevin Dunigan will bring the play-by-play.