By MICHEAL COMPTON The Daily News firstname.lastname@example.org 783-3247
South Warren ran past its rival, beating Greenwood 35-3 on Friday at Greenwood High School.
The Spartans ran for 467 yards, the defense forced four turnovers and South Warren (3-0) improved to 2-0 all-time in varsity football against Greenwood.
Julius Allen ran for 197 yards and four scores. Quarterback Ryder Litten added 152 yards and a touchdown.
“As much as we tried to downplay it as another week, the boys don’t see it that way,” South Warren coach Brandon Smith said. “I’m really proud of them. We are still not doing a lot of things right. We are missing some blocking assignments up front, but they gutted this one out. I thought Julius Allen did a fantastic job of putting us on his back and running through arm tackles. That was good to see.”
It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the first half before the Spartans pulled away.
The Gators (1-2) drove into Spartans territory on its first two drives but fumbled both times.
The Spartans took advantage of the second turnover, using a 10-play, 66-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead. All 10 plays were run plays, capped by Allen’s 15-yard sprint up the middle.
The Gators’ defense answered with a pair of turnovers, including an interception that set up Tanner South’s 30-yard field goal with 3:38 left in the half.
South Warren added to its lead just before the half, with Allen’s second touchdown run the final play of an eight-play, 80-yard drive that made the score 14-3.
Greenwood looked like it had some momentum early in the third quarter when Hunter Mills recovered a fumble and ran 37 yards to the South Warren 27.
It was short-lived however, as the Gators fumbled three plays later.
The Spartans responded with a touchdown, as Litten raced 60 yards on a keeper to push the lead to 21-3.
South Warren added two more Allen touchdowns in the fourth in a 19-second span, a 62-yarder and a 13-yard score one play after the Gators’ fourth turnover of the night.
“We knew we had a tough team to play so we had to work hard to come to this moment,” Allen said. “I think we did great with the blocking. The O-line was great. They motivated me because they were pushing the line so good.”
South Warren ran for 297 yards in the second half, attempting one pass play all night.
Greenwood finished with 190 yards of offense. Aaron Smith led the way with 66 yards rushing.
“We just go back to work,” Greenwood coach Chris Seabolt said. “Our kids are hurting right now from a mental standpoint. They expected to compete a little bit better than they did tonight. Honestly, I felt like we did compete better. It was just a couple of mistakes here and there.”
Both teams return to action at 7 p.m. Friday. Greenwood will host Franklin-Simpson, while South Warren travels to Elizabethtown.
SWHS 7 7 7 14 — 35
GHS 0 3 0 0 — 3
SW — Allen 15 run (Upton kick), 1:04
GW — South 30 field goal, 3:38
SW — Allen 2 run (Upton kick), 0:54
SW — Litten 60 run (Upton kick), 3:21
SW — Allen 62 run (Upton kick), 7:43
SW — Allen 13 run (Upton kick), 7:24