Notre Dame/Rome Catholic 56, Sherburne-Earlville 29
WATERVILLE – Sophomore Kevin Warmack had a 16th birthday to remember Saturday afternoon at Waterville High School.
The Notre Dame/Rome Catholic quarterback threw for five touchdowns and ran for two more leading his club to a 56-29 rout of Sherburne-Earlville.
Warmack directed his team to touchdowns on eight of its first nine possessions and 541 yards of total offense against an S-E club that has now allowed over 1,000 yards of offense over the past two weeks.
“We’ve struggled defensively, no doubt, the past two weeks,” said S-E coach Mike Jasper. “This team (Notre Dame/Rome Catholic) isn’t as good as Skaneateles (winners over S-E two weekends ago), but they threw it well. Our secondary struggled where we stepped up and let the ball get behind us, and a couple of times they outjumped us. If we don’t give up those big pass plays, we’re in the game. Those types of plays are killing us.”
But the Marauders, much like last week, did give up copious big plays.
Warmack had his club on the board less than three minutes into the game driving his club 65 yards for the opening score. His 17-yard TD hookup with Sonny Sorce started the TD parade. Late in the first quarter, Warmack called his own number on a 60-yard option keeper lifting the advantage to 14-0.
Warmack went to the air for three TD passes in the second quarter, all to 6-foot-4 receiver Zane Smith. Smith outleapt S-E d’backs Felix Rodriguez and Ben Khoury on a 35-yard TD, scored a on 23-yard TD pass on a fourth down play, and completed the trio of six-pointers on a 33-yard toss where he again outjumped the S-E secondary.
The Marauders’ lone response was Matt Smith’s 5-yard TD pass to Austin Jasper. Still, The Marauders found themselves in a 35-7 halftime hole, one that was too steep to dig out.
“We do emphasize pass defense, but we have some injuries and some young kids back there,” Jasper said. “The one thing about this team is that it doesn’t quit, and it continues to play hard every down.”
The Marauders traded touchdowns with the Jugglers in the second half. S-E Sophomore quarterback Cody Marango threw TD passes of 31 yards to Devven Ferris and a perfect 34-yard strike to Khoury, while sophomore running back Garrett DuVall added a one-yard TD plunge.
Warmack and his crew were equal to that task. Warmack added another TD pass to Sorce, and ran in his second TD midway through the fourth quarter. Reserve running back Ryan Halpin hit paydirt from 39 yards out on his only carry of the game.