Warrenville's Tigers proved to be made of paper as their offense never reached the "red zone" and only crossed the 50 yard line on two occasions.
The Firebirds got their high octane offense off and running
early as the Tigers fumbled the opening kickoff and the "Birds" scored five
plays later when quarterback Doug Alford scored the first of his three
touchdowns following a 22 yard reception by senior Antonio Steele. On
their next possession junior running back Clarence Scott ran for 56 yards on 6
plays leading to a second Alford 1 yard touchdown run. The Firebird offensive
line had their way; pushing defenders off the ball and opening up holes for the
running backs while giving Alford time make his throws.
could have put the game out of reach early but their offense stalled on
Warrenville's 6 yard line when an Alford pass was dropped in the end zone by a
wide open receiver. Senior receiver Anton Veasley faced with double
coverage throughout the game was overthrown on a play when open and
to the end zone for a certain score.
The Firebirds got things going again
in the second half when Alford hit senior Jamar Dye on an 83 yard pass play to
the Warrensville 3 yard line. Alford went in once again for the third of
his one yard touchdown runs. The "Bird's finished off the scoring with a
15 yard run by Clarence Scott late
in the 3rd Quarter. Scott finished
the game with 129 yards rushing while Junior Tailback Chris McMilan added 115
Warrensville's highly touted senior receiver Trumaine Smith was
missing in action all night as the Chanel cornerbacks Bruce Hampton and
Chris Lewis covered him like a blanket.
The Firebirds travel to
Pataskala Watkins Friday for their next game.
Bruce tells OPS about what he saw from the Bedford Chanel at its final tune-up for the season…