WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS — There’s more to football than just moving the ball up and down the field. Admiral King found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon.
Despite a clear advantage in yardage, and never having to punt, the Admirals came up on the wrong end of a 35-22 score against Warrensville Heights.
The loss dropped Admiral King to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the Erie Division of the Lake Erie League.
“We moved the ball up and down the field and never punted all afternoon,” said Admiral King coach Mark Campo. “But we got penalties and we turned the ball over. We should have had a couple more (scores) in the first half and a couple in the second half that we didn’t get, so that hurt.
“Our defense played the same way for four quarters. We didn’t stop the big play and we didn’t defend the pass well. And they have the quarterback and receivers to make us pay for that.”
Early on though, the Admirals had a few big plays of their own.
Admiral King took the opening drive 65 yards on six plays, culminating with a Terrence Atkinson-to-Chris Kimbro touchdown pass from 40 yards out. Admiral King’s second big play came in the second quarter following a failed fourth-down attempt by the Tigers.
Taking over on its own
34-yard line, Admiral King moved the ball into Tigers territory where Atkinson and Kimbro hooked up again. From the Tigers 43, Atkinson found Kimbro and the junior flanker eluded the Warrensville Heights defense for the score. Leading 12-0, the dynamic duo connected again on the two-point conversion to up the lead to 14-0 with 9:26 left in the half.
After Warrensville Heights (5-3, 2-0) got on the board on the ensuing drive, the Admirals went to the Atkinson-to-Kimbro well a third time. This time Atkinson hit Kimbro for a
46-yard scoring strike. The two-point conversion failed and the Admirals led 20-7 with 3:51 to go in the half.
That’s when things started to fall apart.
On their subsequent possession, the Tigers cut the deficit to 20-14 on a 24-yard pass from David Barry to Demerius Gray. Following the kickoff, the Admirals took over at their own 20 with 1:34 left in the half. On the first play, Admiral running back Tim Taylor fumbled the handoff and the Tigers recovered at the 23. Barry needed just one play as he hit Juan Robinson for the 23-yard scoring strike to tie the score at 20.
Warrensville grabbed a 28-20 lead on the opening possession of the second half and then let its defense go to work. The first three Admiral King drives of the second half ended with a turnover on downs, a fumble and another turnover on downs. By the time the Admirals got their fourth opportunity of the half, they trailed
35-22 with only 49 seconds left in the game.
“They have athletes over there,” Campo said. “They have a quarterback that is elusive and they did a nice job spreading us out. They ran a lot of combination patterns and he did a nice job of finding the open man. And we didn’t do a good job of covering it.”
HALFTIME FUN: Warrensville held its homecoming ceremonies at halftime Saturday afternoon. In addition to homecoming, they also inducted 1997 Warrensville graduate Darnell Sanders into their Hall of Fame. The former Tiger went on to play at Ohio State and in the NFL (including two seasons with the Browns).
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Warrensville Heights 35, Admiral King 22
Admiral King 6 14 0 2 — 22
Warrensville Hgts. 0 20 8 7 — 35
A—Chris Kimbro 40 pass from Terrence Atkinson (kick failed)
A—Kimbro 43 pass from Atkinson (Kimbro pass from Atkinson)
W—Denario Gray 6 pass from David Barry (kick failed)
A—Kimbro 46 pass from Atkinson (run failed)
W—Gray 24 pass from Barry (Alontez Beasley kick)
W—Juan Robinson 23 pass from Barry (kick failed)
W—Barry 7 run (Robinson run)
W—Barry 24 run (Beasley kick)
A—Safety, Barry ran out of back of end zone
First downs 18 17
— by rushing 12 5
— by passing 5 10
— by penalty 1 2
Yards rushing 252 128
Yards passing 196 242
Total offense 448 370
Passes att./comp. 18/8 27/15
Intercepted by 0 3
Fumbles/lost 4/2 0/0
Penalties/yards 10/96 10/77
RUSHING — (A) Cameron Bryant 14-83, Tim Taylor 7-61, Anthony Harrison 8-60, Terrence Atkinson 5-24, Julius Rollins 5-23, Chris Kimbro 2-1. (W) Raymar Clements 21-107, David Barry 3-27.
PASSING — (A) Atkinson 8-18-196-3-3. (W) Barry 15-27-242-0-3.
RECEIVING — (A) Kimbro 3-129, Rolando Carter 2-56, Harrison 2-12, Bryant 1-(-1). (W) Denario Gray 8-89, Clements 3-80, Nate Morris 2-46, Juan Robinson 1-23, Jerry Christian 1-4.