DUMAS – The score – Warren 35, Dumas 14 – looks about like what one might have expected had Warren played well and Dumas given a solid effort Friday night at Tidwell Field.
As it was, the Bobcats didn’t put up much of a fight and the Lumberjacks probably didn’t have to put forth much more effort than they do in a good practice session in winning their third 8-4A Conference laugher in a row.
Warren quarterback Drake Jones threw touchdown passes of 82 , 38 and 42 yards on the Lumberjacks’ first three possessions, then tossed a fourth inside the final minute of the opening period for a 28-0 Warren lead. That led to a 35-0 halftime lead and the AAA sportsmanship rule kept the clock running the rest of the way as Dumas scored twice and Warren turned the ball over on an interception and a missed field goal try in the short second half.
Jones’ first throw of the game went to a wide open Darveon Brown over the middle and Brown scored with 8:23 left in the period, with Kevin Cortez kicking the first of five PATs.
The Bobcats had taken the opening kickoff at their 28 and driven to the Lumberjack 42 before punting to the Dumas 18 to set the first score by the visitors.
Warren’s Chris Oliver intercepted senior quarterback Ryan Miller’s pass at the Dumas 33 on the Bobcats’ next possession and the Lumberjacks were penalized for illegal procedure one play before Jones found Peyton Hargis in single coverage for an east 38 yard touchdown play with 6:37 left in the first. The PAT put Warren up 14-0, then Warren took over at its 44 and needed only three plays to go ahead 21-0 on a 42 yard touchdown pass from Jones to Jaylon Marshall and Cortez’s PAT with 4:03 remaining in the quarter.
The Bobcats began at their 30 after the kickoff and quickly went three-and-out, punting to the Warren 33. Trent Broughton, who rushed for 156 yards, carried three times for a total of 33 yards before Jones split two defenders and connected with Kaleel Thomas for 35 yards and a score with 53.5 seconds left in the opening period. The PAT gave Warren a 28-0 lead that went to 35-0 following a Dumas punt that set up an 11 play, 78 yard drive, aided by two penalties against the Bobcats and capped by a keeper by Jones from inside the one. The touchdown came on fourth down with 6:59 left and Cortez ended the Lumberjacks’ scoring with his PAT that put Warren ahead 35-0 and meant the clock would run unimpeded during the second half.
Dumas did have one mild threat before intermission when Brenston Neal broke loose for 42 yards to the Warren 33, but the Bobcats ended up punting from the 38 to the Warren two.
The Lumberjacks used most of the next 3:50 driving to the Dumas 25 and appeared to be in position to add to their lead, but with the “mercy rule” already set to go into effect, Warren quarterback Justin Gorman, who played the rest of the way, was told to take a knee and run out the clock.
Senior defensive back Dev Buchanan set up the first Dumas score with an interception at the Warren 48 with 10:00 left in the third period. Two Miller passes and runs of 16 and 8 yards by Reginald Bailey and Neal set up Bailey’s one yard touchdown run with 7:08 left. Jairo Ramirez kicked the PAT to make it 35-7, then Cortez missed a 40 yard field goal try with about 11:15 left in the game before the Bobcats pulled within 35-14.
Dumas, overcoming holding and procedure calls and helped by a major facemask penalty, drove 80 yards in 11 plays to score on a five yard run by Damontae Trotter with 100 left. By the time Ramirez added the PAT, time had expired.
Dumas (1-5 overall, 1-2 in 8-4A) travels to Star City this week while Warren (3-3 overall, 3-0 in league play) hosts DeWitt.