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Week 2: Southwestern and Danville Battle

The Southwestern Warriors fell to 1-1 on the season with Friday night’s hard fought 35-34 contest at Danville in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic. The game was an amazing back and forth contest that saw the two teams combine for almost 900 yards of total offense and 35 points in the fourth quarter alone. The game, which was the second contest of the night, got underway around 10:00 pm and ended just before 1:00am Saturday morning.

Southwestern got the scoring underway in the first quarter. After Danville took the opening kickoff and moved into Warrior territory, linebacker Christian Bach came away with a fumble recovery stopping the Admiral drive and starting a six minute series that resulted in a Patric Edwards four yard touchdown run, his first of the night. Danville followed with their first score of the contest as Don Harris scored on a 38 yard run, his first of the night. After a missed extra point, Southwestern led 7-6. With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, Danville took the lead on a David Walker four yard touchdown catch from quarterback Zack Dampier. Then on the next drive, the Ads Jaleel Warren broke through the line and sacked Warrior signal caller Brandon Pruitt, stripping him of the ball, which was recovered by Christian Hill on the Southwestern three yard line. Dmariae Van Cleave took the ball in from one yard away to give Danville a 21-7 advantage. Southwestern would cut the lead to eight as Edwards took a short pass from Pruitt through the Danville defense for a 60 yard touchdown catch and a 21-13 half time deficit.

Southwestern scored a touchdown on a J.P. Vaught 66 yard catch to tie the game at 21 before Danville scored to retake the lead 27-21 after a botched extra point attempt. Then with under five minutes remaining, Edwards scored his third touchdown on the night, this one a 27 yard run. With the William Avina Point after gave the Warriors a 28-27 advantage. Danville would answer with just over three minutes remaining as Dmariae Van Cleave took a shovel pass from Dampier 52 yards to paydirt. The two point pass was good as David Walker hauled in a deflected pass.

Southwestern, with two time outs remaining, failed to advance the ball and elected to punt with under two minutes left. After the defense held, SW got the ball back with 51 seconds on the clock, at the Admiral 19 yard line. Pruitt hit Vaught in stride on a slant route and the speedy wideout took it 81 yards to paydirt, cutting the lead to one 35-34. SW elected to go for two and following a Danville time out, William Lemmon was drug down on the one yard line just short of giving the Warriors the lead. After recovering the kick, Danville was able to run out the clock and pick up the win.

On the night, Edwards for Southwestern rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries, caught four passes for 58 yards and scored three touchdowns. Pruitt completed 15 of 23 passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Vaught led all receivers with seven catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Southwestern travels to Clay County next Saturday to face the Panthers of Knox Central. Kickoff is set for 6:00. Coverage of Don Marshall Football begins around 5:45 on

SW 34      Danville 35
SW Danville
41-158 Rush/Yards 24-120
15-23-304-3 Pass/Yards 24-32-290-2
462 Total Yards 410
88 Return Yards 32
2-27 Punting 3-28.7
9-71 Penalty 8-49
2 Turnover 3
Rushing: SW: Edwards-22-127-2, Lemmon-10-57, Vaught-1-1, Sawyers-1-(-10), Pruitt-7-(17); DAN: Harris-16-112-2, Dampier-4-4, Vancleave-3-3, Miller-1-1
Passing: SW: Pruitt-15-23-304-3; DAN: Dampier-24-32-290-2
Receiving: SW: Vaught-7-223-2, Edwards-4-58-1, Baker-1-11, Avina-1-6, Lanham-1-4; DAN: Vancleave-8-99-1, Stanfeld-7-96, Walker-8-82-1, Thornton-1-13
Sacks: SW: Avina; DAN: C. Hill-2, Harlan, Warren, Harris
Fumble Recovery: SW: Bach, C. Miller, Sawyers; DAN: Walker, C. Hall
Blocked Punt: DAN: Harris

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