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Warriors Topple Builders 42-14
October 18, 2008
Seldom do football games go the way they predict on paper, but on Homecoming Saturday, the Warriors of the gridiron showed why they were the favorites going away over the rebuilding Moundbuilders of Southwestern College, victorious by a 42-14 margin.
Ironically, one year ago the Warriors used the aerial attack to best Southwestern putting up 42 points as well, but as the personnel changed, so did the Sterling attack as the offensive amassed a pummeling 316 yards on the ground on 55 carries on the day, QB Tyler Degenhardt leading the way gaining 144 yards on just 18 carries.
The game took a pedestrian feel as neither team cracked the goal line in the first quarter, Southwestern being the only successful mover stalling a drive, however, that got them into the Warrior redzone by two consecutive holding penalties that took away any chance of scoring.
The medicine of the Warrior ground game kicked in in the 2nd quarter as the offense would put up 4 scores in the quarter. The first coming from RB Stephen Wilson to cap off a 13 play 60 yard drive taking over 6 minutes of clock. With a Southwestern turnover immediately following, Tyler Degenhardt put a 2nd score on the board with one 34 yard run. It wasn't until after RB Johnelle Murphy punched in a TD did Southwestern get on the board with a TD pass from QB Jesse Lyons after a big kick return that put the Builder offense down to the Warrio