DALTON -- Wahconah Regional’s football team used a balanced attack of running and passing to defeat Drury 34-6 on Friday night.
Eli Pease started the Warriors’ attack with a 58-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the game. After the run, Warriors coach Gary Campbell noticed the Blue Devils’ safeties creeping toward the line of scrimmage.
He said then it was time to let his quarterback Nick Clayton make plays with his arm.
"Drury put about eight or nine guys in the box. We have to be able [to throw] if teams put that many people up on the line of scrimmage," Campbell said.
The stacked box of the Blue Devils left room on the perimeter for Clayton to make plays, and he did just that. Clayton completed 10 of 11 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
Clayton completed passes to six different receivers on the night, and credited those receivers for their ability to get out.
"Their safety was creeping up a lot, so our receivers were open deep," Clayton said. "Their [cornerbacks] were biting on everything."
Clayton’s touchdown passes went for 39 yards to Matt Salvatore, 13 yards to Josh Rocca, and 18 yards to Cole Morrison.
The Warriors’ offense was clicking on all cylinders. The Blue Devils, however, were held in check on the ground. Wahconah’s defense played a big part in limiting Drury.
Blue Devil mental mistakes did not help, either. The Blue Devils were flagged five times were 50 yards, causing numerous drives to stall. Drury managed just 114 yards in the ground.
Blue Devils coach Bill Bryce said his team must move on from the defeat.
"I [told] them that there are some things we have to work on. There are some things they have to figure out," Bryce said.
"They have to determine where we’re going from this. After we watch the film on Monday, it’s gone and over with."
Pease’s long run and Clayton’s early success through the air opened up running room for Wahconah as the game wore on.
Pease ended the game with 115 yards on 12 carries, including two touchdowns.
Brandon Koprowski was the leading rusher for Drury. He finished with 57 yards on 13 carries and a score.