By Jim Laise - firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County quarterback Tyler Post accounted for four touchdowns Friday as he led his Wildcats to a 58-21 victory against non-district foe George Mason.
Post intercepted two Grant Hagler passes, one of which he returned for a score. He completed one touchdown pass to Christopher Larsen and ran for two more.
The victory was the third straight for head coach Tony Tallent's team. The Wildcats have limited opponents to 37 points in the three victories.
The fifth-year coach substituted liberally against the under-manned Mustangs. Starters began coming out in the second quarter and back-ups were all over the field as the visitors made it look respectable in the fourth period.
"These games are for the kids, not for points. We don't do something that will embarrass the other team," said Tallent.
The Warren County offense needed just 22 plays from both teams to score the opening 30 points was the crowning memorial to the night. Warren led 46-0 at the half.
One of the reasons for the quick-strike offense was because of a defense that yielded 11 yards of total offense in first half. The Wildcats were so dominating that George Mason was forced to seven straight three-and-outs in the first half. The visiting Mustangs could not produce a first down until 9:28 remained in the third quarter. They could not cross the mid-field line until the fourth quarter. Warren intercepted them three times.
"Our defense has set the tone for us all year, but I really like how our offense rose to the occasion. Timothy Green and Jeffrey Budwash ran hard and the offensive line, as a whole, blocked well," Tallent said.
Another ingredient was Warren County kicker Blake Steele whose kickoffs accounted for three touchbacks in the opening half.
Post returned his second theft for a touchdown to make it 58-0 in the third quarter.
At that point the clock operator let the scoreboard time run. Such happens when one team leads another by 35 points.
"You don't keep up with the scoreboard, you keep up with your team," Post said. "You just try to keep scoring. That's what we did tonight.
"Our O-line had as good a push as I've seen all season. It's a challenge for us to go out and play our best. That's what we want."
Scoring for the Wildcats included a long 56-yard run by Timothy Green to set up fullback Jeffrey Budwash's one-yard TD jaunt with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter; a safety on an over-the-head punt snap.
Post hit Christopher Larsen for a 17-yard touchdown toss at 8:06 of the first quarter. Budwash scored on a 59-yard TD with 6:42, a six-yard scoring burst by Post and a 50-yard touchdown sprint ended first-quarter scoring for a 36-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Post ran 22 yards to make it 43-0 with 5:19 remaining in the half. Steele, then, was good on a 29-yard first-half field goal and made all but one extra point in the half.
Jontae Rollins returned the opening second-half kickoff 83 yards.
George Mason scored with 3:42 to go in the third quarter, a seven-yard run by Connor Rhodes. Henry Darmstadter's extra point was good.
A D'Montae Noble touchdown came with 7:06 left in the game for the Mustangs. Finally, George Mason quarterback Grant Hagler scored a touchdown run with 2:20 remaining.