VINCENT, Ohio -In just one play and seven seconds, the Warren Warriors found themselves down by seven points and fighting an uphill battle against the Parkersburg South Patriots, who rattled off 26 unanswered points to start the contest.
And with one flip of a yellow flag, the Patriots found themselves playing as though they were behind while winning on the scoreboard.
The result was the Warriors taking command on both side of the ball to outscore South 41-6 en route to a 47-39 victory in a game that took more than three hours to play in Vincent on Friday night.
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Parkersburg South’s Logan Dillner attempts to put the pressure on Warren quarterback Austin Klintworth during Friday’s game at Warren. The Patriots took an early 26-0 lead but Warren rallied for a 47-39 win.
Leading 26-0 with just over five minutes in the first half, the Patriots watched a punt transform the game as a South player was ejected for landing a punch on the Warriors' David Ryan.
That punch ignited a fire in the Warriors, who went from managing just 70 yards of total offense to a juggernaut, pounding out 220 yards on the ground while tallying seven of the next eight scores.
"It (penalty) helped turn the momentum our way. Once we get going, we're a pretty good team," said Warren quarterback Austin Klintworth, who ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for two more.
Immediately after the ejection of South's Brandon Moss, who took the first play from scrimmage 78 yards to paydirt, the Warriors found the end zone for the first time when Jake Powell scored from 10 yards out.
It was an omen of what was to come.
"Adversity hit and it didn't just hit. It hit like a storm," said Parkersburg South football coach Mike Eddy. "We went from being on top of the world to being under the bus. Everything started with that altercation we had at the end of the second quarter."
Trailing 26-6 at the break, the Warriors kept the energy that began with what was the eighth and ninth penalties of the first half against the Patriots to start second half play.
A halfback pass from Andrew Henthorn to Cole Wigal just four plays into the third quarter continued the comeback, as Warren picked up more yards from scrimmage in the third quarter alone than the entire first half of play.
"It (lack of offense) was simple mistakes. We knew what we did wrong and we corrected it the second half," Ryan said.
Those corrections saw the Warrior quarterbacks complete four of five passes for 97 yards and three scores, while the ground game picked up 150 yards on 26 carries to physically wear down the Patriots in the second half.
A pair of Patriot fumbles assisted the cause, as Parkersburg South had six fumbles and lost three of them in the final two quarters.
"As soon as they fumbled, we'd score in a couple plays," Schob said.