By: Chance Cook | Towanda Daily Review | October 19, 2013 | Photo courtesy Chance Cook
CANTON - The Canton Warriors scored five unanswered touchdowns in the first half alone on their way to mauling the Cowanesque Valley Indians 42-24 in the Canton homecoming football game.
Canton's first drive saw their offense clicking on all cylinders, as they used a balanced offensive attack to march 60 yards, capped off with Tim Bassett scoring from four yards out to give the Warriors an early lead. Brian Jannone's extra-point made it 7-0 with 6:52 to play in the first quarter. Bassett finished the game with 50 yards rushing on ten carries, 59 yards receiving on two receptions and four total touchdowns.
After forcing an Indians' three-and-out, the Warriors again used different weapons to mount a long drive before Tyler Cole scored on a three yard dive. Jannone's kick made it 14-0 with 2:00 to play in the first quarter. Cole finished the game with 58 yards rushing on nine carries and one touchdown.
After the Indians' second drive ended in another three-and-out, quarterback John Bowman hit Tim Bassett for a 41 yard touchdown. Jannone's kick made it 21-0 with 11:39 to play in the first half. Bowman finished with 69 yards rushing on eight carries, and 135 yards passing, going 8-13 through the air.
The Indians' next drive ended in yet another three-and-out, and another chance for the Warriors to extend their lead. After a long Tyler Cole punt return that set Canton up at the eleven yard line, Bassett scored his third touchdown of the game on a one yard run. Jannone's extra-point made the score 28-0 with 9:28 left in the half.
After the Indians' went without a first down for the fourth consecutive drive, they finally got a bit of momentum on their side when Canton quarterback Bowman fumbled on the second play from scrimmage after the Indians' punt.
The momentum shifted again after just three plays, as quarterback John Burns' pass was intercepted and returned to the house for a 46 yard pick-six by Bassett. Jannone's kick gave Canton their last points of the first half, making the score 35-0 with 6:36 left in the second quarter.
After Canton put in their second unit to start the second half, Cowanesque Valley finally got on the board with Brandon Whitesell scoring from 22 yard out. Burns' rushed for the two-point conversion to make the score 35-8 with 7:19 to play in the third quarter.
Cowanesque's comeback attempt wouldn't stop there, as the used nine plays of their next drive before Whitesell scored his second touchdown of the night from five yards out as time ran out in the quarter. Burns again rushed in the extra-point to make the score 35-16 at the end of the third.
The Indians' scoring run stalled on their next drive, with Jesse Lattimer returning an Indians' punt 73 yards for the Warriors' last touchdown. Jannone's kick made it 42-16 with 7:11 to play in the game.
After multiple dead-ball penalties kept the Indians' next drive alive, Burns used a quarterback sneak to scamper 17 yards into the endzone for the last touchdown of the night. Burns again succeeded on the two-point conversion to make the final score 42-24.
"It was important to get the win," Head coach Jay Perry said of the homecoming night football game.
Perry believes that his team is clicking on both sides of the ball at the right time of the year. "All credit goes to my coaching staff, they've done an amazing job," he said.
Canton will travel to Montgomery next week and Cowanesque Valley will travel to South Williamsport next week.