BLAIR — The Schuyler football team’s motto this season is “row the boat.”
That seemed appropriate Friday night in a game that was called at halftime because of lightning and torrential rains.
A solid Blair defense and sloppy field limited the Warrior offense in the 38-0 road loss.
Schuyler was limited to just 20 total yards, all coming on the ground on 18 carries. Caden Yrkoski toted the rock three times for 9 yards to lead the way. Quarterback Kevin Contreras was 0 for 2 passing.
“We had some tremendous opportunities to get the ball moving in the early going. We really felt their alignment was going to give us chances to get the running game going that we like to do,” Schuyler head coach Aaron Thumann said. “Though they were giving us what we wanted, we had a difficult time getting to the second level in our blocking schemes. That was because of their very solid defensive line and the field conditions. There were things that we could have done against them, but the weather was a factor and Blair handled that better than us.”
Defensively, the Warriors encountered a one-man wrecking crew in the form of Blair senior running back Dalton Lewis, who carried the ball 21 times for 230 yards, averaging 11 yards per attempt. Lewis scored on runs of 4, 4, 9 and 23 yards.
Junior quarterback Stewart Cemer also had a good game, completing 5 of 9 pass attempts for 70 yards. The Bears put up 311 yards of offense in one half of action.
“Our players were very excited to have the opportunity to play in a rainy-type game. We made some good stops throughout the game on defense, but needed to be more consistent with our stops,” Thumann said. “We had some really good tackles for no gain or for a loss, but unfortunately they were able to break some bigger runs on us. We continue to get better at our consistency on defense, but we know that we can still grow in this area.”
Blair jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter on touchdown runs from Lewis and fullback John Sheets. Lewis added three more touchdown runs in the second quarter.
Thumann remained positive after the loss.
“We continue to grow and get better. We know there are areas that we need to improve in, but we believe that we are,” he said. “We have come a long way in this program and we continue to grow to what we know we will become.”
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Warriors (0-7), who host seventh-ranked Columbus (6-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We are excited for the opportunity to play Columbus,” Thumann said. “It is a game that our players always get very excited about.”