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Warrior Family Secures 47-0 Shutout of Morehead in Mid-State Play

Morehead at Western Alamance

High School Football

March 5, 2021

 

Warrior Family Secures 47-0 Shutout of Morehead in Mid-State Play

ELON – “Family.”

If you spend much time with Jeff Snuffer, Western Alamance’s veteran head coach, he will use the word “family” to describe his team of Warriors.

Friday night, Snuffer’s starting quarterback Kendall McKoy attributed Western’s 47-0 victory over Eden Morehead to the way his team plays as a “family.”

“We preach family here,” McKoy said. “We approach the game as brothers. We try to be on one accord. On offense, everyone knows what they are doing; everyone is doing their job 100 percent; and everyone is working to be better than the person across from him. I felt like we did that tonight.”

McKoy completed 14 of his 21 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and two rushing touchdowns. His rushing TDs were good for 11 and 27 yards. 

Snuffer was most pleased with the way McKoy has run the ball over the first two games this season. “His arm has always been strong, but now his legs are a factor,” Snuffer said. “He’s put on some muscle and now he’s like 220 (pounds). Now, he’s like a big tailback. Kendall running the ball well certainly makes us more effective on offense.”

Friday night Western (2-0, 2-0 in Mid-State) scored on its first four possessions, surging ahead to a 27-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter. 

In contrast, Morehead ran just 14 plays for 25 yards and zero points in its first four possessions. The Panthers (0-2, 0-2 in Mid-State) amassed just one first down in the first half. 

For the game, Western out-paced Morehead 335 yards to 75 yards of total offense. 

McKoy opened up the night’s scoring on the opening drive, capping a five-play, 55-yard drive with an 11-yard run. He followed the block of sophomore Mason Hogsed on the right side for the touchdown less than two minutes into the game.

Then came all four of McKoy’s touchdown passes, and each scoring completion was to a different receiver. 

The additional first quarter scores came on a two-yard pass from McKoy to Jordan Dumornay  and a 26-yard slant route over the middle by Kaden Wilborn. 

 Jontavius Cousin (two yards) and Logan Smith (38 yards) pulled in second quarter touchdown passes from McKoy.

Smith ended the night as the Warriors’ leading receiving. He pulled down six passes for 103 yards.

For the second week in a row Hogsed led the Warrior rushing game, amassing 54 yards on six carries. His two biggest carries of the night (for 17 and 26 yards) came in the second half.

Western’s Evan Morris added to the scoring mid-way through the third quarter when he returned a Morehead punt 47 yards for a touchdown.

“It was a great experience,” Morris said of the punt return. “When I caught it, the adrenaline just kicked in. I had some great blocks which gave me a lot of open field to work with.”

McKoy the capped the night’s scoring on a 27-yard run with 20 seconds left in the third quarter. That proved to be his final play of the night, as the Warrior second string offense played much of the fourth quarter. 

The game was the first of the year for WA senior running back Tyrone Slade, who has been nursing a hamstring injury for more than a month. Slade carried the ball seven times for 14 yards. 

Defensively, the Warriors used a variety of different schemes and held the Panthers to 54 rushing yards and 21 yards through the air. 

“We’ve got an intelligent team,” Snuffer explained. “When your guys are smart, you can do a lot of things schematically. That includes bringing pressure from different areas and changing the coverages up. Coach (Drew) Hambright just does a phenomenal job preparing our guys.”

Morehead starting QB Hatcher Hutchens completed just one of his nine pass attempts for zero yards. He also threw an interception. That interception by Calvin Galloway came on Morehead’s opening drive. 

Tyler Sams and Mark Pettie led the Panthers on offense. Sams carried the ball six times for 20 yards. Pettie had two carries for 19 yards. 

 

Morehead 0 0 0 0 - 0

Western Alamance 20 14 13 0 - 47

 

Scoring Summary

1st 10:08 WA McKoy 11 yard run (Jacob Carter kick)

1st 7:19 WA Dumornay 2 yard pass from McKoy (Carter kick)

1st :27 WA Wilborn 26 yard pass from McKoy (kick failed)

2nd 7:332 WA Cousin 2 yard pass from McKoy (Carter kick)

2nd 1:55 WA Smith 38 yard pass from McKoy (Carter kick)

3rd 6:27 WA Morris 47 yard punt return (Carter kick)

3rd :20 WA McKoy 27 yard run (kick failed)

 

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