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Thursday, September 12, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nin Norwalk High School Football Team Freshman Football Team. Photos by Toni Johnson Photography. When you take charge of your life, there is no longer a need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life. -Geoffrey F. Albert bbb q SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES 'k SPONSORED BY: " *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson- 285-1838 *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 Easy Maintenance Tips (NAPS)--Proper vehicle maintenance doesn't only mean you and your car can spend many happy years together. 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Norwalk Warrior Football Previev By Tyler French Well it's everyone's favorite time of the yea- Warrior football is about to begin. Expectatiort, for the Norwalk Warriors this year as they are ,mi off a third straight playoffs appearance. Another stronb regular season did not can'y over to the playoffs, how- ever, as the Warriors finished with a disappointing loss to Washington High School in the first round. This is a new year though, and Norwalk looks strong as ever. The Warriors will be highlighted on offense by returning players offensive linemen senior Mitch Vroegh and junior Thomas Dougherty and wide receivers se- nior Neil Hanson and junior Luke Greenslade. The Warrior offense will be run by new starting quarterback: freshman Brady Bransfield. The offense will still be heavily run-oriented with junior Col T" Harding replac- . ing recently graduated Kenny Floyd at starting runng back. Head coach Paul Patterson said he expects the split between run and pass to be roughly 70/30. Coach Patterson also stated that the Warriors will find and run creative plays to get key offensive players the b.all in different situations. On defense, the Warriors also return several starters, including defensive linemen senior Erik Webb and sophomore Sonny Onken, linebacker senior Austin Grant and defensive back senior Caleb Klocko. The de- fense will rely on creating pressure in the backfield from through blitzes and stunts, using their speed to create havoc for opposing backfields. When asked about the expectations entering this coming season, Patterson highlighted several goals that the team is focused on going into the season. This year's Warrior football team will be focused on no longer being satisfied on just mak- ing the playoffsi this year the expectations will be much more than an early-round playoff exit. Coach Patterson also mentioned that the team wants to have everything in that they want to do before the first district game. They are also hoping to put together a complete game early in the season. The expectations for this year's Norwalk Warrior football team may be high, but this team can put together another solid season if they con- tinue to run the ball song, play tough defense and all players are willing to do the little things. They may struggle if they get behind early in games and have to play catch up and possibly rely on the pass, Norwalk has always been a strong running team and sticking to their strength will help lead them to another successful season. The Warriors opened the season at home on August 30 against Newton High School. Warriors Open Season with Win The Norwalk Warriors began their season on a posi- tive note defeating the Newton Cardinals 19-13; in over- time on a touchdown catch from Hanson. The Warriors found themselves down early, as they gave up two early touchdowns to Newton. Their fortunes changed in the second half as they buckled down on defense and were able to get the motor going on offense. Once the War- riors.got their offense going, they were able to score three unanswered touchdowns. Jesse Cowie and Luke Greenslade scored in the fourth quarter to force over- time. ough defense, key quarterback play and clutch plays were essential to the Warriors pulling out this win. The Warriors looked strong in many areas through- out the game. The defense struggled in the first quarter, giving up two early touchdowns, but they settled in to stymie any. further scoring chances for the Cardinal of- fense. Forcing turnovers was the key for the Warrior defense as Brett Leto, Caleb Klocko and Dusten Saltz each recorded a fumble, and Collin Schiltz intercepted a pass in the second half to kill any sort of momentum the Cardinals could muster. When asked about the per- formance of the defense, Warrior head coach Patterson stated that they were not reading their keys well in the first hall but were able to correct their mistakes after halftime. The Warriors' pass defense was absolutely ter- rific, only allowing-tvo completions for 18 yards, while the run defense was less than stellar, allowing 255 yards on 51 rushing attempts. The biggest improvement the Warriors need to make moving on in the season has to be stopping the run. Defensive linemen Webb and Onken were solid up front both finishing with 12 tack- les. Other than the high number of rushing yards al- lowed, the Warrior defense looked strong and should be proud of the way they played. The Norwalk defense was not the only aspect of the game that struggled in the beginning; the offense seemed stagnant and ineffective until catching fire in the sec- ond half. Freshman quarterback Brady Bransfield seemed shaky throughout the first half of his first ca- reer start, but settled down after intermission to lead the Warriors to victory. Overall, he"had a solid perfor- mance finishing with 10 completions on 22 attempts for 118 yards through the air and two touchdowns. He made Concluded p. 10 .,,,i.' i. ,. ! '