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t Norwalk Warriors I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District I +Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, October 3, 2013 Warriors Come Up With Big Homecoming Win by Tyler French Another game and another win for the Norwalk Warriors. This time they came out with their first blowout win of the season with a 35-12 win over the Chariton Chargers. The Warriors started off the game slowl only scoring seven points in the first hall The defense did not allow a response, however, so the game went into the half with Norwalk ahead 7-0. In the second half the Warriors turned on the afterburners and put the game away. They scored 14 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters to ensure that Chariton would not make a comeback. Cha'riton would score 12 points in the fourth, but at this point the game was too far out of reach, so much so that Norwalk hadput much of their second unit in. Norwalk worked hard and played well to earn their third straight win to open the season. The Warrior defense played what was probably its best game so far in the young season. They held the Charger offense scoreless for much of the game until allowing two touchdowns late in the game that had no real impact on the outcome. Turnovers were once again the calling card of the defense as the Warriors forced six fumbles, with Will Fraser recovering one and Cole Rice recorded his first interception of the season. The Norwalk pass defense was solid, allowing 138 yards, but it took Chariton 25 attempts to reach that number. The Warrior run defense also played very well, allowing 174 yards on 43 rushing attempts. Erik Webb, Brett Leto and Brock Schwechel each finished with double digit tackles, Webb and Leto also finished with a sack each. Tackling numbers were high across the board as 11 different players finished with five or more tackles. Even kicker Daniel Obley joined in, recording a tackle on a Charger kick return. Overall the defense allowed 312 yards on the ground and in the air. That number may sound high, but the major story about the defense was that they buckled down when it mattered most. Any tirAe the Ctiafg6rs" sfar'tea t0 build momentum, the Warriors would Stop it in its tracks. The defense made key plays and made sure that the Chargers could not keep pace with the Warrior offense. On the other side of the ball the Warriors continue to find success. The Norwalk offense, while looking a little slow in the first half, scored 35 straight points to pick up another win. They found success running and throwing the ball recording a com- bined 320 yards. The rushing attack was [trong, as Norwalk gained 185 yards on 37 carries for an average of five yards a carry. Cory Harding was again the leading rusher for Norwalk with 57 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. The rushing attack pro- duced three of the Norwalk touchdowns, the largest amount they have scored on the" season. Nathan Johnston and Jesse Cowie also both found the end zone, Cowie for the second time this season. Cowie, Harding, Johnston and Brady Brans field each ran the ball more than five times and each averaged over four yards a carry. Coby Klocko, Nick Brooner and AJ Tabatabai each saw their first game action on the sea- son. They finished with a combined 15 yards on six carries. The Warriors fumbled the ball twice during the game, but were able to fall on both of them. A strong rush- ing attack worked perfectly into the Warriors" game plan as they forced the defense "to focus on more than just a passing attack. It allowed the Warrior passing game to find some freedom as Chariton had to stop the run as well. The story for the Norwalk passing attack was freshman quarterback Bransfield and the Warrior receivers. Bransfield finished the game with ten completions on 16 attempts for 135 yards and he found Neil Hanson and Nathan Johnston for touch- down passes. Bransfield continues to impress as he has recorded 453 yards and seven touchdowns this season and he has not thrown an interception through three games. A major reason for Bransfield's success this season has been the play of his receivers and backs. Wide receiver Hanson continued his strong play this season finishing with 52 yards on five catches and his touchdown reception. Luke Greenslade had three catches and 45 yards and he continues to be a major threat downfield. He has averaged more than 15 yards a catch each game this season. Johnston recorded his first two receptions on the season and finished with 38 yards and a touchdown. An- other strong passing game, coupled with the success running the bail guaranteed a strong Warrior offense and another Norwalk win. The unheralded part of the Norwalk offense that needs to be recognized has been the play of the offensive line. Whether it has been opening lanes for the rushing attack or protecting Bransfield from defenders bearing down on him, the line has played very strong up front. Starters Mitch Vroegh, Thomas Dougherty, Zach Swanson, Jake Kestel and Braxton Jeshani have all played extremely well and de- serve some well-earned love. The success of the offense begins with the Norwalk offensive line and this line has stoodofirm. Continued strong line play will help the Warrior offense to keep finding success. Congratulations to the Norwalk Warriors on their big win in the 20!3 Warrior homecoming game. They played a hard-fought game and deserved the win. Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiri- tual unit of any civilization is still the fa ly. -Clare Boothe Luce NORWALK CROSS COUNTRY Adel Meet with a time of 17:25 and The boys junior varsity The Norwalk High senior Clarissa Lewis in division finished in 12th Schoolboys and girls cross 27th place in a time ofplace with top perf0rmanc- country teams recently 17:51. es by junior Bryce Bullock competed in two meets. In the junior varsity girls in 72nd place in a time of Monda Sept. 23, the teams division, freshman Megan 21:23, Baker in 75th place in traveled toAdel to compete Adams had a breakout per- a time of 21:32 and Burnett in a 10 team meet. Norwalk formance and ran her best in 82nd place in a time of boys varsity team placed race of the season so far. 21:58. 4th with 89 points behind Adams finished ih 8th The girls varsity was Saydel (73 points), ADM place in a time of 18:43. won by Urbandale with a (79 points) and Carlisle (87 Also running well were score of 51 points and fin- points). Top performers for juniors Maddie Stillmanishing in a very close sec- the varsity team were se- and Ceara Rico. ond place was Waukee nior Dennis Crum in 2nd Indianola Meet with 55 points. Finishing place in a time of 15:28, se- Thursday, Sept. 26,'thebehind Waukee were An- nior Salem Hildebrandt in Norwalk teams competed keny Centennial, Pella, 6th place in a time of 15:47 at the 45th Annual Indiano- Ankeny, Boone, DCG, and junior Mason Allen in la Cross Country Meet. Ames, Indianola, VAlley, 11th place with a time of This was Norwalk's first Norwalk, Lincoln, Hoover 16:19. time competing at a 4A and Ottumwa. In the junior varsity di- meet, Johnston won the Top performers for the visioni junior Lucas Ad- boys varsity division with girls varsity were Meinecke ams, senior Nick Baker and 27 points, followed by finishing in 18:02 in 45th sophomore Duncan Bur- Ames with 74 and then In- place, Broadbent in 19:10 nettwere the top Norwalk dianola, ella, =Ar ke y hii 6i t place and sopho- performers. Adams ran a Centennial, Urbandale, more Haley Larson and time of 17:51, Baker ran a Ankeny, SE Polk, Valley, junior Hannah Schfltz fin- 17:54 and Burnett ran an Boone, Dowling> Ottum- ished together in a time of 18:11. wa, DCG, Norwalk, Roose- 20:52 receiving 71st and The varsity girls team velt, Lincoln, Hoover and 72nd places: finished in 6th place and North. The junior varsity girls was led by sophomore Top performers for Nor-were led by freshman Bri Katie Meinecke. Meinecke walk's boys varsity were Klawonn in a time of 19:30 finished in 6th place in a Crum in 36th place in aand placing45th. 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