COLE CAMP — Warsaw opened up Friday’s game at Cole Camp with a three-and-out and the fourth-down snap went over the punter’s head and it resulted in a safety.
Cole Camp kept that momentum throughout the game and won 43-0.
Cole Camp was coming off a 48-8 loss at Skyline last week.
“I think we were still fighting a little continuity last week,” said Cole Camp coach Kevin Shearer. “They have a lot of team speed so I can’t take anything from what Skyline did, but it was a growing pain for us and a growing moment for us.”
The Bluebirds used Nik Clifton and Austin Berendzen at quarterback in the first half, with Clifton throwing a pair of touchdowns.
Clifton found a wide open Kendrick Logan in the middle of the field for a 38-yard touchdown pass on Cole Camp’s first drive. The extra point by Brady Smith made it 9-0.
“When you’ve got your eyes in the backfield that’s what happens,” said Warsaw coach Paul Thomas.
Berendzen caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in stride from Clifton in the second quarter. The extra point made it 24-0 with 4:40 remaining in the first half.
“It’s kind of a double-headed attack,” Shearer said. “Austin is really coming around as a quarterback. I’m really pleased with where he’s at. I’m obviously pleased with where Clifton is at. He has a wonderful arm.”
Brandon Thoennes led the running attack, running it in for a score twice.
His first came from 11 yards out early in the second quarter. He found room on the outside and walked in at the corner of the end zone.
“We didn’t do a very good job on the edge at all,” Thomas said. “It was very plain to see. We couldn’t get off blocks.”
Holt Wroten threw it to Jaycee Farrar for two points on a fake extra point to make it 17-0.
Thoennes’ second score was from two yards out on the first drive of the second half. An extra point made it 37-0.
Thoennes’ highlight came in the second quarter when he found room on the right side and got extra yards by shoving off Warsaw players. He gained 26 yards and Clifton’s TD pass to Berendzen came on the next play.
Berendzen scored a 5-yard touchdown on their next drive, making it 30-0.
Warsaw running back Austin Steenburgen was able to find running lanes at times, but Cole Camp’s defense was able to stuff the run all game long and prevent the Wildcats’ passing game from getting going.
The Wildcats punted on three of their four drives in the first half. In the second half, Warsaw punted once and turned it over on downs twice.
“It’s a simple game, blocking and tackling,” Thomas said. “We’re not very good at it right now.”
Warsaw had a chance to score in the fourth quarter, but two overthrown passes to the end zone ended the drive on downs.
Cole Camp (1-1) will play at Class 1 Lockwood next week. Warsaw will host Osage.
“We’ll have a huge mountain to climb next week in Lockwood,” Shearer said. “I think they are ranked No. 2 and they’ve got a big time back.”
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.