Warriors best Timberwolves


star staff


  The Mountain Empire Warriors were back on track in this week's contest with the Chapin Timberwolves, as a 30-3 rout was the result of a dominating defense along with kick return who was not too be stopped.
  The Warriors suffered their first loss of the season last week to the Asheville Grizzlies, so it was time to take their frustration out on Chapin who never saw daylight when it come to their offense.
  "We're not just being athletes out on the field, for when you look at our first film we were unsound in some spots," Warriors coach Mark Tucker said. "When you put people in the right spots and tell them what too do and they can run, then good things are going too happen."
  The momentum shifted the Warriors way right from the start, when a potential first down from Tim Lippett was stripped by Adolf Brown who delivered the hit and made a recovery on the fumble.
  This set up the Warriors at the Timberwolves 29-yard line and five plays later, they were singing praises when quarterback Kental Troupe hooked up with Charvin Clark for a 10-yard touchdown reception.
  "Being able to take my drop and setting my feet, with trusting my linemen is a whole lot different from running around and standing in the pocket throwing to open receivers," Troupe said. "We don't even know how good we really are right now, so we need too just come out and play hard like we did tonight."
  The Warriors found themselves again with great field position, but this time it was a result of a 53-yard punt return by Marvin Kelly. He had an exceptional evening with five returns for 198 yards with one TD.
  "I've been waiting all year long for my chances, and the first few games penalties have killed us," said Kelly. "This week we just focused on cutting back with the penalties and my guys giving me just a little hold-up time. They worked hard for me tonight and I worked hard for them."
  With a start from the Timberwolves 16-yard line on their second offensive possession, it took the Warriors just two plays with Troupe running in from three yards out to give Mountain Empire a 14-0 lead in the first eight minutes of action.
  "We hadn't even practice all week, so I guess we took the tempo differently by coming out aggressively with the line getting off the ball," said Troupe. "When you take control of the line, then you can do about anything offensively."
  The swarming Warrior defense give the Timberwolves fits all night long with former ETSU linebacker Derick Fudge making the pick on Chapin's first pass attempt.
  Another great return from Kelly to start the second period place the ball down at the 34-yard line, as the crafty back chose his spots and then exploded.
  One play later, Troupe connected on his second TD pass of the night with a 34-yard throw to Bobby Graham over the middle.
  The blocked extra-point attempt made it 20-0 with 13:49 left in the half, as the Warriors showed no signs of letting up.
  The defense continued to dictate the tempo with Roger Alexander and Ben MeBane combining to drop the Timberwolves back for a four-yard loss on the next Chapin possession.
  Some big hits from Fudge, Derek Pack, and Larry Moore also disrupted the Timberwolves game plan with moving the ball.
  The Timberwolves were held too just 24 yards on the ground and 11 yards through the air in the first half.
  The second half was even more so embarrassing for Chapin, as they had a net loss of six yards in rushing with 14 yards of passing, which held the Timberwolves to a total of 43 yards for the game.
  The Warriors added a field goal in the third period when a punt inside the Timberwolves 10-yard line was fumbled and recovered by the Mountain Empire.
  Austin Smiley came out on the field to nail down a 37-yard kick to give the Warriors a 23-0 lead with 9:20 left in the third period.
  Before the third quarter was up, the Warriors struck again with Kelly making his juke and jive to eluded the Chapin defenders for a 53 yard touchdown punt return.
  "The guys gave me a little time to where I could field the kick, and when I can get a good look at the field then I'll give them a good return," said Kelly. "I tried my best to bring some fire to the game."
  The Timberwolves decided to bring in quarterback Cherry Taylor during the fourth and final quarter, as he replaced a struggling Chris Oliver who passed 1-7 with one interception for 11 yards.
  Taylor didn't have anymore success than did Oliver, as he spent most of the time running for his life and throwing the ball away with one completion in eight attempts.
  Chapin finally got on the board with 5:50 left in the contest when a 30-yard penalty off a punt resulted in great field position at the Warriors 23-yard line.
  Ryan Kistler came onto kick a 33-yard field goal to keep the Warriors from getting their second shut out of the season over the Timberwolves.
  The Mountain Empire Warriors record moves to 4-1 on the year, as they look forward too keep the intensity and effort at the highest peak.
  "It's a matter of protecting with throwing and catching, and tonight we got better at that," Tucker said. "We're not near what we need too be, but we've took a step forward. Where we're at it was progress."