PIKETON — Within the first few minutes Friday night, Adena had pounced on Piketon before the Redstreaks knew what hit them.
Four quarters later, Piketon was wondering the same exact thoughts while the Warriors were on their way home, happy with a well-earned 47-12 victory.
Thanks to a wild start and dominant line play throughout, the contest was never really out of head coach Paul Thomas Warriors’ grasps.
On their first drive, the Warriors (3-2, 2-0 SVC) set the tone with a Cale Free 57-yard scamper for six to open the scoring and to take a 7-0 lead. Less than ten seconds later, Jake Dawson intercepted a Devon Brewster pass and returned it for a touchdown, moving the score to 14-0 and effectively taking the wind out of Piketon’s sails.
On the ensuing kickoff, Piketon fumbled, which led to another Cale Free touchdown, this time from a yard out, to further the gap, 21-0.
Then, with 1:07 still left in the first, running back Isaac Thomas added to the lead with a 58 yard third-down conversion for another touchdown, finishing up the initial scoring onslaught.
The second quarter saw Adena’s attack slow but only slightly, while Piketon attempted to force their way back into the game.
The Redstreaks captured a tad bit of momentum with a 57-yard Gabe Birkhimer touchdown reception from Brewster, with 8:50 to play.
But the Warriors had an answer for that as well. On the ensuing drive, Adena ate up most of the remaining clock in the first half and scored again at the 1:05 mark via a Jake Dawson 6-yard toss to Wyatt Shanton, moving the score to 35-6 at the break.
Unfortunately for the Redstreaks, the second half was more of the same.
Though Piketon managed to move the ball at times, when the team had a real opportunity to score, they made mistakes in the form of penalties or turnovers.
Aside from a few brief moments following a blocked kick and a Birkhimer 20-yard touchdown catch to cut the gap to 35-12, the Warriors controlled the game.
They rallied to score again with a nine yard touchdown rush from Thomas and a late Cameron Nichols touchdown to seal the envelope on a 47-12 drubbing.
Offensively for Adena, Cale Free led the ground attack with 142 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. Jake Dawson finished 3-of-7 passing for 104 yards and two scores. As for Piketon, Devon Brewster led the way going 16-for-28 passing for 201 yards alongside two touchdowns and interceptions each.
“It was our most physical game of the year,” Thomas shared afterward.
It remains to be seen if the Warriors can remain this physical throughout the rest of the 2015 season.
Adena will continue its 2015 journey by hosting Huntington next week while Piketon looks to bounce back at Westfall.