One Step Closer

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One Step Closer

Frank Conti, Sports Editot

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The Warriors took one step closer to clinching their first Mid-Atlantic Conference championship since 2005 with a huge win over Riverside on Friday night.

 

The Warrior offense got the party started early in with a long touchdown pass of 57 yards from quarterback Nick Wheeler to wide receiver Nate McCutcheon to give the Warriors a 7-0 edge in just only a couple minutes into the game. From that point it was all Braydon Cameron, who had three rushing touchdowns of 43, 31, and 27 yards en route to his 197 yard day on only 21 carries, good enough for over nine yards a pop. Cameron wasn’t done there, early in the second quarter he jumped a Riverside pass and took it 80 yards to the house which extended the lead and ultimately put the game out of reach. The Warriors held off Riverside’s bid of a comeback by playing stingy “bend but don’t break” defense and milking the clock with long sustaining drives in the second half of the game. Majority of that was thanks to a couple of crucial third down conversions from Wheeler to McCutcheon. The Warriors would go on to win the all-important game 34-18, putting them within striking distance of claiming there first section championship in 13 years. The Warriors are tied for the section lead with Freedom with a record of 5-1, but thanks to Mohawk’s victory over the Bulldogs back on September 14 with a 27-21 edge. The Warriors have the tiebreaker over Freedom in the conference standings if the Warriors take care of business when they take on Ellwood in their final game in section play in two weeks, where Mohawk will honor 11 senior football players on their Senior Night. The next matchup ahead of the Warrior’s path is a non-conference date with undefeated Burgettstown, which does not affect Mohawk’s record in section play. However, a victory for the Warriors could potentially boost up their seeding when it comes to the WPIAL Class 2A Playoffs. The Warriors already clinched a home playoff game, another feat that hasn’t been done since the ‘05 season. The Warriors are now on a four game winning streak, and they are looking to ride that momentum into the final stretch of the regular season.