Last night, the Danville Warriors decided to let their feet do the talking.
Danville racked up 338 yards rushing en route to a 52-8 blowout victory at North Putnam.
The Warriors (3-2) only threw the ball five times all night as the multi-pronged Danville rushing attack ran rampant.
“We were able to just kind of run the ball as our offensive line did a great job and our running backs did a great job just finishing runs and finishing plays,” Danville coach Russ Sumner said. “We didn’t have too many real big plays we were just knocking off good chunks of yardage at all times.”
The defense also held up their end of the bargain by limiting the Cougars to 113 yards rushing and 168 yards of total offense.
“Our defense did a great job of attacking, setting the edge, finishing tackles and making plays,” Sumner said. “It was a tremendous all-around team effort.”
Danville led 25-0 at halftime and 52-8 when the starters were pulled in the fourth quarter. While the varsity squad was in the game, the offense was only stopped twice— once on a field goal and the other on a turnover on downs.
“Every other drive that we had participated in with our varsity group, we scored a touchdown on,” Sumner said.
Contributing to the monster rushing attack for the Warriors was Autry Pickens (16 carries, 132 yards, 2 TD) Scott Amor (19 carries, 79 yards, TD), Jackson Butler (11 carries, 77 yards, 2 TD), Ben Jones (5 carries, 28 yards, TD) and Payton Perry (4 carries, 24 yards, TD).
The Warriors had their way defensively with 10 tackles for losses on the night and leading the path was Jacob Walker (5.5 tackles), Austen Scammahorn (4.5 tackles), Tanner Holland (2 sacks) and Wil Beaty (2.5 sacks).
After a complete victory like this, Sumner feels there is not too much to be picky about.
“There aren’t too many places we have to look at and correct an awful lot,” Sumner said of last night’s game. “We executed pretty well, we ran our offense the way we expect to run it and it led to a lot of points tonight.”
Midway through the season, the Warriors sit at 3-2 and are averaging 36.2 points per game. Coach Sumner is happy with his team and likes what he has seen through the first five games.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys are learning the game, learning to play and they are getting better each week,” he said. “And that’s the expectation that we continue to get better and they definitely are.”
In 2011, North Putnam dropped Danville 40-6 and with this 52-8 victory by the Warriors, that’s a 78-point difference compared to last season.
“It felt a lot better this year than last year,” Sumner said laughing of the reversal. “I’m just proud of the way our guys are playing and continuing to improve.”