West falters against Maiden
The West Caldwell Warriors could not recover from an early deficit, resulting in a 46-26 loss to Maiden on Friday in Gamewell.
"Both teams played good offense tonight," West head coach Kyle Dunn said. "Our option worked well tonight. We were able to line up in some power formations that allowed us to be able to get the edge on them. I thought we threw the ball well and our players caught the ball well. It was a good game. It's hard to be mad about that one."
The Warriors fell behind early with Maiden scoring the first 15 points of the game. The first touchdown came on a 25-yard strike from Jake McRee to Kyle Kelly. The touchdown pass was one of four on the day for senior quarterback. The Blue Devils scored on their next possession on a three-yard run by T.J. Vick.
On the ensuing kickoff, David Denison found a seam and broke 95-yards for the score to cut the deficit to 15-7. Maiden returned the kickoff down to the West 26-yard line, but Dayton Helton intercepted a McRee pass inside the Warriors' own five-yard line. West proceeded to drive 89 yards on 14 plays, capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by Dylan West. However, the two-point conversion attempt failed. leaving the Warriors behind 15-13.
The Blue Devils responded on their next possession with a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. This time Alex White scored from two-yards out. On the next Maiden possession, McRee hit Anthony Miller over the middle for a 66-yard score. The Blue Devils added to their lead just before the half on a 23-yard field goal by Kevin Aragon to make the score 32-13 at the break.
Maiden received the opening kickoff, but McRee was picked off for the second time of the day on just the second play of the drive. Marquel Jackson intercepted the pass and returned it to the Blue Devils' 41-yard line.
The Warriors scored eight plays later when Fred Horton fumbled inside the five and Dylan West scooped it up and ran in the final two yards, cutting the deficit to 32-20.
Maiden fired right back when McRee connected with Miller again, this time from 53 yards out. McRee threw his fourth touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter with a 44-yard pass to Justus Woods to make the score 46-20.
The Warriors scored their final touchdown with just over four minutes to play when West hit Elijah Battle for an eight-yard score.
West Caldwell will next travel to West Lincoln next Friday.
MAIDEN 46, WEST CALDWELL 26
MAIDEN^15^17^7^7 – 46
WEST CALDWELL^7^6^7^6 – 26
M — Kyle Kelly 25 pass from Jake McRee (Tony Hernandez two-point run, good), 8:43.
M — T.J. Vick 3 run (Kevin Aragon kick), 6:00.
WC — David Denison 95 kick return (Grayson Barnette kick), 5:45.
WC — Dylan West 1 run (West two-point run, failed), 10:36.
M — Alex White 2 run (Aragon kick), 7:29.
M — Anthony Miller 66 pass from McRee (Aragon kick), 4:16.
M — Aragon 23 field goal, 1:29.
WC — West 2 fumble recovery (Barnette kick), 8:13.
M — Miller 53 pass from McRee (Aragon kick), 6:32.
M — Justus Woods 44 pass from McRee (Aragon kick), 10:12.
WC — Elijah Battle 8 pass from West (two-point pass, failed), 4:24.
RUSHING — Maiden: T.J. Vick 15-124, Jake McRee 6-25, Alex White 1-2, Tony Hernandez 5-(-7). West Caldwell: Fred Horton 14-55, Dylan West 16-36, Haden Hagaman 7-32, Herman Tate 6-16, Trustin Harper 4-13, Marquel Jackson 3-8, Keenan Dula 1-4, Malik Wiley 1-4.
PASSING — Maiden: Jake McRee 15-23-2, 345 yards. West Caldwell: Dylan West 12-19-1, 149 yards.
RECEIVING — Maiden: Justus Woods 7-120, Kyle Kelly 4-76, Alex White 1-26, Anthony Miller 3-125. West Caldwell: Titus Tucker 3-83, David Denison 4-36, Malik Wiley 2-17, Fred Horton 1-12, Elijah Battle 1-8, Haden Hagaman 1-(-1).