The Clark freshman took on the Warren Warriors at home October 20th and sent both Warriors teams home with losses. The A team started the action off in exciting fashion, as they have done nearly all season long, defeating Warren 14-13. To set up Clark’s first score, running back Eric Wente took a third down screen pass 55 yards before being drug down just short of the end-zone. Heintzelman finished the job on a 5 yard option keep over the right side of the Cougar line. The extra point failed, but the Cougars led 6-0 early in the first quarter. Warren struck back quickly, returning the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown of their own. The Warriors extra point sailed left, and the game was tied 6-6 in the first. Clark couldn’t get their offense going and was forced to punt, and on their first play from scrimmage, the Warren offense hit their running back on a swing pass, and he raced 50 yards for another Warrior touchdown. Once again, the extra point try was errant, and the score stood 12-6 in favor of Warren, still in the first quarter. After another Clark offensive series ending in punt formation, the Warriors offense drove down to the Cougar ½ yard line before being stopped on 4th down. Cougar defensive lineman Miguel De La Rosa fought off a block and stuffed the quarterback run just short of the goal line to give possession back to the Cougars. The Cougar offense managed to move the ball, but time expired in the half, and the score stood 12-6 at half.
The third quarter was all defense, and saw both teams trade punts on all of their offensive series. The Cougars opened up the fourth on offense, but a loose ball on 3rd down found its way into the arms of a Warrior defender, and Warren was back on offense near midfield. The Clark defense held strong, and forced Warren to punt after three. The remainder of the quarter belonged to the Cougars. Clark took over possession at their own 38 yard line and marched the ball methodically down the field in 13 plays to score the last touchdown of the game on a 3 yard Wente carry over the left side of the Cougar line. With the score tied 12-12, the extra point team took the field with the opportunity to go ahead by one. The kick split the uprights and the Cougars led 13-12 with seconds remaining in the game. The Warrior offense took the field one last time to try and make a comeback, but the Cougars held strong, and five plays later it was over. With the win, the Cougar A team’s record improves to 6-2, 3-0 in district. They will look to continue their winning ways Thursday, October 27th at 4:00 pm when they travel to O’Connor high school to take on the Panthers.
The Clark B team picked up where the A team had left off, taking care of business and shutting out Warren 14-0. Clark’s offense took the field to start the game, but couldn’t get anything going. After receiving the Cougar punt, the Warriors offense moved the ball until linebackers Tre Henderson and Carlos Verdin corralled the Warren quarterback, forcing a fumble that defensive lineman Patrick Paez quickly fell on. The Cougars found the endzone on the following possession when wide receiver Sebastian Mejia took the pitch on the reverse 54 yards for Cougar paydirt. The extra point attempt hit the upright and bounced off the crossbar in the wrong direction and was no good, so the score stood 6-0 in the first quarter of play. On the Warriors second play of their following offensive series, cornerback Max Arguello picked off the Warriors quarterback and returned the interception 35 yards to put the offense back on the field. The Cougars returned the favor three plays later, when they fumbled the football on the exchange 10 yards from the end-zone and Warren recovered. On the following play, the Warren center sent the snap over the head of the quarterback, and into the end zone, where a host of Cougars met him, resulting in a safety, and two points for the Cougars, making 8-0 in the second quarter. Time expired in the half shortly after the Cougars were forced to punt, and the score remained 8-0 in favor of Clark going into halftime.
Warren received the halftime kick, and their offense took the field first. The Warriors were forced to punt on their first series, and managed a great punt with a generous roll. Clark’s offense set up shop on their own 34 yard line, and on the first snap, running back Tyrese Rayford followed fullback Jazz Kemp around the left side of the line and outran the Warren defense on his way to a 66 yard touchdown run. The ball slipped off the kicking tee during the extra point attempt and was kicked into the line, and the score stood 14-0 in Clark’s favor in the third quarter. It was all defense the remainder of the game, as neither offense could gain any momentum, and as time expired in the fourth quarter, the Cougars had sealed the shutout victory over the Warriors 14-0. The win improves the B team record to 5-3, and 1-2 in district play. They’ll look to get back on a roll when they travel to O’Connor this Thursday to take on the Panthers directly following the A team game. We look forward to seeing the Cougar fans supporting their players, and appreciate all the support this season.