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Warren County showed improvement after leaving shotgun formation

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Warren County was shut out for the third consecutive game in a 26-0 loss to Hancock Central, but the Screaming Devils did improve.

After winning a total of five games in its first two seasons, Westminster has won its first six this year.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
After winning a total of five games in its first two seasons, Westminster has won its first six this year.

In the first half, Warren County couldn’t snap the ball right when Richard Wilburn was in shotgun. During a four-play span, the snap went over Wilburn’s head three times.

Those miscues meant Warren County had negative 66 yards in the first half.

But the Screaming Devils finally abandoned the gun in the second half, opting to have Wilburn work under center. Besides rushing for positive yards after halftime, Warren County also showed potential through the air: Wilburn threw for 59 yards in the second half.

The next step for Warren County is to score: It came up empty on repeated trips in Hancock Central territory in the second half.

STILL WINNING: In its first two seasons, Westminster won five games. After six games in 2012, the Wildcats are 6-0.

Westminster isn’t merely winning; it’s doing it by impressive margins. In six games, the Wildcats have scored at least 34 points five times, with 68 points against John Hancock Academy.

The defense is giving up just 10.2 points per game.

REBOUND PERFORMANCE: Westside opened with three consecutive wins before losing to Lakeside on Sept. 21.

The Panthers pounded the Patriots, 43-7, but West­side responded in a big way. Against Dublin on Friday, the Patriots defense held the Irish scoreless in the first half and picked off two passes in the fourth quarter. The offense was equally impressive, with 333 total yards.

“I think it just shows the character of our kids,” Westside coach Steve Hib­bitts said. “Lakeside got into us pretty good … but we just came out and the kids worked hard.”

Staff writer Chris Gay contributed to this story.

WEEKLY LEADERS

RUSHING: Juwan Biggers, Grovetown, 253 yards in 27-23 win over Houston County

PASSING: Ben Turner, Lincoln County, 221 yards in 49-27 victory over First Presbyterian

RECEIVING: Zireycus Letman, Lincoln County, 115 yards in 49-27 win over First Presbyterian


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