By: Nate Brown | Towanda Daily Review | October 11, 2014
MONTOMGERY - The Canton Warriors traveled to take on the hosting Montgomery Red Raiders. Canton dominated each aspect of the game as they came out on top, 51-6.
Canton used both a dominate ground game and a potent passing attack to take down the Red Raiders. The Warriors accumulated 328 yards on the ground and added another 173 yards via the passing game for a total of 501 yards of offense. They would hold Montgomery to just 159 yards of total offense.
Canton was led both offensively and defensively by junior Noah Barnett. Barnett rushed 11 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 56 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown to bring his total to four scores on the game. He also came up big on the defensive side of the ball with an interception.
Canton's senior quarterback, John Bowman threw the ball efficiently all evening. He completed all but one pass going 6 for 7 for 173 yards and two scores. Barnett and Malachi Washington were on the receiving ends of Bowman's touchdown passes.
Tyler Cole also added to Canton's offensive success with nine carries for 80 yards and a score. Tyler Cole also returned a Red Raider punt 60 yards for a touchdown. Bryce Cole would also have a rushing touchdown for the Warriors.
Zach Shadle did the majority of the work for the Red Raiders as he carried the football 17 times for 52 yards. Quarterback Sergi Cole would score the only Red Raiders' touchdown on a quarterback keeper.
The scoring came early and often for the visiting Warriors. Canton won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. They made easy work of the opening drive using just three plays to find the end zone. Facing a potential opening three-an-out, Bowman tossed a ball to his right into the hands of Barnett who would go untouched, 56 yards for the opening touchdown of the game. Trevor Route's point after attempt would be good.
The Warriors forced the Red Raiders to a three-and-out on their opening drive of the football game. Again, Canton would work efficiently on the offensive side of the football to find the end zone for the second time on just as many drives. Tyler Cole took the ball from Bowman five yards out, lowered his shoulder knocking down a Montgomery defender as he stepped into the end zone to give Canton their second score of the football game. Route's point after attempt was no good.
Montgomery again was looking to punt on their fourth play of the drive but attempted a fake punt that was sniffed out by the Warrior defense from the start. Canton would take over for the third time with great field position.
This time it took the Warriors five plays to find the end zone. Again, on the their own five yard line, the Warriors handed the ball to Barnett who found a hole produced by his offensive line and sneaked his way through into the end zone. The point after again was not converted.
The Red Raiders looked like they might put together a decent drive, picking up a few first downs but again were looking to convert on a third down. Keanu Sauers, quarterback of the Red Raiders, tossed a ball over the middle but it would find the hands of a leaping Barnett who would record the interception for Canton.
Barnett's interception would be converted into six points by the Warriors' offense. Montgomery forced Canton to a third and long situation. Bowman was looking deep as he tossed the ball over the head of the deepest Red Raider defender as it settled into the arms of Washington who took it 70 yards for the score. Canton led the football game 26-0.
The Warrior defense held tough yet again forcing a three-and-out and a punting situation for the Red Raiders. Tyler Cole took the punt on the left side of the field, changed directions, hit the right side corner as he picked up a few key blocks and would take the punt 60 yards into the end zone.
Montgomery would try it again just to be shut down again by the Canton defense. On their first play of their next drive, Sergi Cole would put the ball on the ground as Brady Bryington would fall on it.
The Warriors would capitalize on another turnover by the Red Raiders. Barnett would find the end zone again, this time from 13 yards out. After forcing Montgomery to punt again, Barnett would find the end zone yet again. He would take the handoff, make a few defenders miss, and outrun a few more for a 36 yard score.
Canton would lead heading into halftime, 45-0.
Montgomery would receive the opening kick of the second half but would be forced to a three-and-out. Canton would try to put some more points on the board but would be stopped by a Tyler Cole fumble as Sergi Cole would fall on it.
Montgomery would use that momentum to score their only touchdown of the game. Michael Alexander would break out a 48 yard run followed by a Shadle 23 yard run to set up a two yard quarterback keeper touchdown by Sergi Cole. The point after attempt would not be converted.
Canton would score one more time in the game about 40 seconds deep of the fourth quarter. Bryce Cole would raddle off a 30 yard touchdown run to put Canton up 51-6 which would be the final score.
The Canton Warriors will host North Penn next Friday evening as the Montgomery Red Raiders will play host to Sayre that same evening.