Warren scouting report: Results under new head coach have been mixed for Warriors
VINCENT — The Warren Warriors are hoping that an offensive explosion last week at Portsmouth is a sign their offense has turned the corner.
The Warriors averaged less than 10 points per game during the first eight weeks of the season, but exploded for 43 in a 54-43 loss to the Trojans.
First-year head coach Anthony Fish has instilled a disciplined, run-oriented offense and improved the Warrior defense by making it a priority.
The results have been mixed: the Warriors are 1-8 overall and 0-3 against SEOAL opponents. The lone Warrior win was a week-two, 19-8 victory over Washington County rival Marietta.
The Warriors are a run-first team that will line up in various I-formations, including the Maryland-I which features two “blocking backs” between the tailback and the quarterback… but the Big Blue will also spread teams out with four and five receivers.
Warren’s versatility is possible thanks to athletic quarterback Andrew Henthorn (5-9, 165, senior). Henthorn is able to keep plays alive with his feet and distribute the ball to teammates in the passing game.
The main threat for the Warrior offense, though, is tailback Jared Isner (5-10, 173, senior). Isner leads the Warriors in both rushing and receiving out of the backfield. Jake Davis (5-9, 175, junior) is another capable runner who can also split out as a receiver.
Derrick Carey (5-9, 247, senior) plays the fullback position where he is used primarily as a blocker. Carey has a few catches out of the backfield as well.
Cole Wigal (6-2, 179, senior), Tyler Liston (6-3, 192, senior), Justus Johnson (5-10, 165, senior), and Andy Farnsworth (5-5, 154, senior) will all rotate at the wide receiver positions. Farnsworth and Wigal are the top pass catchers from that group.
Collin Welch (6-2, 210, senior) will be the tight end. Joining him on the offensive line are tackles David Rowland (6-2, 252, junior) and Brandon Pahl (6-2, 300, senior); guards Mason Renner (5-11, 190, senior), Devin Bowling (5-8, 205, junior) and Kenny White (6-2, 200, sophomore), and center Mikael Hinton (6-0, 240, senior). Wyatt Bryan (5-11, 252, senior) and Daniel Price (5-9, 185, senior) add depth.
Defensively, the Warriors have been much improved in 2014, but are still allowing over 34 points per game. The Warriors will line up in a 4-3 base defense, but with Rowland playing middle linebacker he can move to the defensive line giving the blue and white a 50-front.
Robert Fish (6-2, 210, junior), Michael Smith (6-2, 193, sophomore), and Wigal will rotate at the defensive end positions with Pahl and Bryan starting inside at defensive tackle.
Flanking Rowland at linebacker are Trevor Cochran (6-3, 205, junior) and Welch. Davis, Carey, Bishop Ford (6-1, 170, junior), and Cole Riffle (5-10, 160, freshman) all add linebacking depth.
Johnson and Alex Mills (5-8, 160, sophomore) start at corner back with Mark McDermott (5-8, 185, senior) and Trevian White (5-7, 137, junior adding depth. Farnsworth will play strong safety while Isner and Bryce Gandee (6-1, 150, sophomore) rotate at free safety.
Wigal will do the placekicking for the Warriors while Fish or Welch will do the punting. Johnson returns punts and kicks with Isner providing support.
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