Tornadoes open region play against Warriors
The Philadelphia Tornadoes open Region 5-2A play Thursday night when they visit Nanih Waiya.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Tornadoes evened their record to 3-3 Friday night with their 42-22 victory over Mize. Nanih Waiya dropped its region opener to Newton High School 36-14 Friday night. The Warriors stand at 2-3 overall.
“It was a much-needed victory,” Coach David Frey said. “Our defense has to play a lot better. We still aren’t there yet. We need to hurry up and get there.
“The offense has played well. We had one turnover and we didn’t punt any Friday night. That was a positive.”
Mize took the opening kickoff and tried to punt on fourth down. But the snap to the punter was mishandled and the Tornadoes took over on the Mize 21-yard line. On first down, Chancellor Greer ran into the endzone for a touchdown. Greer scored the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes led 8-0.
Mize took the kickoff and put together a 17-play, 63-yard drive. Dave Garner scored on a 1-yard run. The try for two was successful and the game was tied at 8-8.
The Tornadoes quickly answered when quarterback Marcus Beamon connected with Trey Posey on a 57-yard TD pass. Beamon ran in the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes led 16-8.as the first quarter ended.
Later in the second quarter, Greer scored on a 59-yard run. The try for two failed and the Tornadoes led 22-8. That’s how it stood at the half.
The Tornadoes added two touchdowns in the third quarter while Mize scored once and the Tornadoes carried a 36-16 lead in the final quarter.
Beamon scored the Tornadoes’ final points in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard run. The extra point try failed and Philadelphia led 42-16. Mize scored its final points as time was running out.
Frey said he was looking forward to this week’s game against his alma mater, Nanih Waiya. He said the Tornadoes would practice three days this week as they prepare for the Warriors.
“Offensively, Nanih Waiya is going to be tough,” Frey said. “They like to run the ball. They are gritty and tough. It is going to be a tough game.”