Warriors set up winner take all showdown

Warriors set up winner take all showdown

Woodlan’s Jack Rhoades runs in for the touchdown just as a Starfires defensive lineman tackles him. More pictures at westbendnews.net

WOODBURN – Jack Rhoades ran for 188 yards on 26 carries and scored twice to lead the Woodlan Warriors to a 25-3 win over visiting South Adams in high school football action Friday night.

The win by the Warriors (7-1, 5-0 ACAC) sets up a winner take all battle for the Allen County Athletic Conference championship battle at Adams Central (6-2, 5-0 ACAC) on Friday. The Flying Jets stayed unbeaten in league play with a 46-0 win at Bluffton.

Rhoades started the game’s scoring with a ten-yard scamper for a score at the 7:54 mark of the opening quarter to put Woodlan on top 7-0.

Quarterback Justin Durkes picked up the Warriors’ second score of the night on a one-yard plunge that, combined with Ben Reidy’s two-point conversion pass to Aaron Hahn, put Woodlan in front 15-0 with 9:36 left in the half.

Andres Martinez booted a 44-yard field goal to get South Adams on the board at the 1:30 mark of the second stanza to slice Woodlan’s halftime lead to 15-3.

However, Luke Crilly kicked a 36-yard field in the third quarter and Rhoades added a 16-yard scamper for a touchdown to round out the game’s scoring and wrap up the 25-3 Warrior victory.

Durkes finished the contest 7 of 19 passing for 65 yards with Donald Guerrant catching four passes for 34 yards.

Seb Speith led an impressive Warrior defense with nine tackles, including three sacks and four tackles for a loss in total. Ahlan Howard and Rhoades each picked up interceptions for the Warriors.

Woodlan committed 13 penalties in the contest totaling 145 yards compared to South Adams’ five penalties for 40 yards.