PDT Sports Report
The Kentucky Warriors (3-0) used the big play to help keep them undefeated and fuel them to a 46-7 win Saturday over the Carter County Wildcats (0-3).
Six of the Warrior’s seven touchdowns were scored from thirty-eight yards out or longer. The longest touchdown of the day came on a 95-yard punt return from Nathan Fannin to give the Warriors a 33-0 lead in the third quarter.
Jon Schweickart and Justin Lunsford split the quarterbacking duties for the Warriors and combined for 365 yards and six touchdowns on only 12 attempts.
“The Wildcats came out committing a lot of guys in the box to stop the run game,” Warriors head coach Jamie Rice said. “Our QBs, wide receivers and offensive line stepped up to take advantage of the numbers in the box.”
The Warriors got started early, as Schweickart found Antonio Smith for a 40-yard touchdown just a few minutes into the game. A few drives later, Lunsford would find Andre Canada for a 64-yard touchdown pass. Canada and Smith would finish the game with nearly identical statlines. Smith would catch two passes, good for two touchdowns and 119 yards receiving, and Canada would catch two touchdowns on two passes with 118 yards receiving.
“Our player of the week was Antonio Smith, but could have easily been Andre Canada, Justin Lunsford or Jonathan Schweickart, who all played very well,” Rice said.
By halftime, the Warriors held a 27-0 lead. They wouldn’t let up in the second half on either side of the ball. Weak-side linebacker Nehemiah Phillips led the way defensively for the Warriors, recording nine tackles.
“Nehemiah Phillips has brought a much needed spark to the LB group,” Warriors defensive coordinator Brian Woten said. “Nine tackles and two QB hurries in our last contest is huge considering he’s only been in the Playbook for all of two weeks. He’s a difference maker.”
With the win, Kentucky remains in second place in the NFFL Blue Conference behind the Cincinnati Hawks. The Warriors will need the momentum as they begin one of their toughest stretches of the season.
“The team as a whole is getting better each week, and we will need that with the games we have coming up,” Rice said. “We host the Kings Comets (2-1) and the defending national champion Cincinnati Hawks in consecutive weeks.”
The Warriors’ home game against the Comets will kick off Saturday at 7 p.m.