By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The season opener for the Nanih Waiya football team unfortunately was similar to last season, as the Union Yellowjackets defeated the Warriors 31-12.
The Warriors were looking to get off to faster start than last season, in which the team lost their first three games. The start of the game would be a bad premonition for the Warriors, as Union would score the first touchdown of the game on a 52-yard run to take an early lead. The two-point conversion was good by the Yellowjackets, making the score 8-0.
The Warriors would not find the end zone in the first quarter, and Union would not score for the rest of the quarter as well. Things would not get any better for the Warriors in the second quarter with a safety off a high snap on a punt, making the score 10-0.
Union would then follow up with a scoring drive, which was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion would make the score 18-0 in favor of the Yellowjackets going into halftime.
The third quarter would be crucial for the Warriors, as Union would increase their lead with another scoring drive ending in an 8-yard touchdown run. The Yellowjackets would miss the PAT, leaving the score 24-0.
Neither team would score again until the fourth quarter. Nanih Waiya would get some offense going in the quarter, as quarterback Luke Rosamond would score the Warriors’ first touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run. Rosamond would miss the PAT, and the score was 24-6. The Warriors were hoping for a defensive stop to put themselves back into the game, but the Yellowjackets offense would score on a 61-yard run to put the game out of reach. Union would convert the PAT to make the score 31-6.
With the score as it was, the Warriors did not give up and put together one more drive with Jamarlo Smith scoring on a 14-yard run. Rosamond would miss the PAT, and the final score was 31-12.
For the Warriors offense, Rosamond was 2-3 in pass completions for 19 yards to go with his one rushing touchdown. Smith had 13 carries for 93 yards, while Deandre Holmes had 19 carries for 45 yards.
Defensively, Ty Higginbotham led the team with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Stewart Ball had 9 tackles. Holmes had 7 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Colby Eaves had 6 tackles and two of those were for losses.
The Warriors next matchup will be against Kemper County this Friday. Last season when these two teams met it turned into an offensive battle, as the Warriors would lose to the Wildcats in a close 36-35 decision. The Warriors will travel to Dekalb looking for their first victory of the season. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.