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Warren County’s Elijah Frame wraps up Meridian’s Alden Harrison in last week's game. Warren County plays at winless Manassas Park on Friday.

FRONT ROYAL — Warren County is facing an opponent in a familiar position on Friday.

The winless Wildcats play at winless Manassas Park in Class 3 Northwestern District football action.

Warren County senior Emery Coffman said the Wildcats are eager to pick up their first win, but they know the Cougars are too.

"I just want to win and I know that they want to win too," Coffman said. "So I think no matter what happens both teams will try their best to get their first win this season."

The Wildcats (0-6, 0-2 Class 3 Northwestern) are coming off their best offensive output this season, a 48-22 loss to Meridian.

Warren County coach Jerry Sarchet said he saw some real positives on offense last week.

"Offensively, we moved the ball and we finally got some points," Sarchet said. "We gave up some stuff early. We had a couple of turnovers. But in the end we ended up moving the ball pretty well. So I think that's a good sign going forward."

Warren County's running game has been led this season by a sophomore and two freshmen. Sophomore P.J. Dellinger has 225 yards rushing, freshman Gavin Dodson has 157 yards and one touchdown and freshman Christian Weller has 142 yards and two scores.

"It looks good for us in the future having these ninth graders playing," Sarchet said. "We just got to keep it rolling ahead for them and keep everything positive."

Sarchet said the offensive line was aided by the return of junior DJ Rizzo, who has missed most of the season due to injury.

Junior quarterback Nick Foltz has thrown for 342 yards and a touchdown. Junior Will Moreno has 10 receptions for 95 yards and senior Aadon Atwood has nine catches for 112 yards.

Sarchet said that for most of the season defense has been a strength for the Wildcats but that was not the case against Meridian.

"Defensively we just didn't exude discipline," Sarchet said. "And (Meridian) they did what they do to teams that don't have discipline -- just ran right through us. If the field was 900 yards long or 100 yards long we weren't stopping them and we lost focus, we lost discipline."

Coffman said the defense needs to cut back on the big plays they are giving up.

"Our defense is good for the most part, but every once in a while we let up a big play or mess up in some way," Coffman said. "We get a flag and it just messes up our flow and everything. But once we get that in control, we should be fine."

The Cougars (0-6, 0-1 Class 3 Northwestern) have been outscored 330-0 this season and are still looking for their first points of the year after a 57-0 loss to Strasburg on Monday.

Despite Warren County's record, Sarchet said his team is still upbeat and have faced the top two teams in the Class 3 Northwestern District. Sarchet said they are still trying to find a replacement game for Oct. 29, as they were supposed to play Mountain View. Mountain View had to cancel its season due to not having enough players.

"We just have to take care of business," Sarchet said. "We still have three district games left and hopefully a fourth game, it would be nice to get those under our belt and get some wins."

Coffman said he feels like the team is close to turning the corner and picking up a win.

"I feel like we just need to go out there and try our hardest for four quarters," Coffman said. "And work on a couple small things that we keep messing up, because that's ultimately what gets us in the end is the small things."

Contact Tommy Keeler Jr. at tkeeler@nvdaily.com