ALLIANCE, OH: Last year Minerva snapped their 44-game losing streak with a 30-20 victory over West Branch and you could tell it left a sour taste in the mouths of the Warriors on this past Friday night. After a slow start, the Warriors offense could not be stopped the rest of the game on their way to a 49-13 win over the Lions.
The game started with a quick three-and-out from the West Branch offense. Then Minerva would take advantage of a short field when Senior running back Garrison Markins punched it in to take a 7-0 lead in the first. This would be the only score of a quarter dominated by defense.
Midway through the second West Branch would finally find their stride on offense as Senior Quarterback Brock Hillyer found Dru DeShields over the middle for 21 yards and a touchdown. This would even the score at 7-7 and would be the start of a great game for Brock Hillyer. In the Warriors next offensive possession, Hillyer found the endzone with a 29 yard carry up the middle to put West Branch in front for the first time. Senior David McKeivier would then add an interception for the Warriors allowing Hillyer to add another rushing touchdown before the end of the half. West Branch would use a huge second quarter to take a 21-7 lead to the half.
Minerva came out of the locker room with a great game plan taking it down the field quickly and capping it off with another Garrison Markins rushing touchdown. They would attempt a two-point conversion that was failed and left the score at 21-13. The third quarter however continued to be the Brock Hillyer show as he added two more rushing touchdowns to give West Branch a 35-13 lead through three quarters.
This was not the end for the Warriors offense as Senior Alek Wilson added a rushing touchdown along with Brock Hillyer who scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the evening. This would get us to our final score of 49-13 in favor of West Branch.
Brock Hillyer was named the WRMU Player of the Game with six total touchdowns, five of which were on the ground.
A very disappointing loss for the Lions dropped them to 0-2 on the season. The Warriors improve to 2-0 and are now averaging 46.5 points per game on the season.
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