By: Nate Brown | Towanda Daily Review | October 25, 2014 | Photo courtesy Nate Brown
CANTON - The hosting Canton Warriors entertained the visiting Indians of Cowanesque Valley in a crucial game with playoff implications on the line for the Warriors.
Canton made easy work of the Indians, cruising to a final score of 52-27. With the win the Warriors hold onto the final spot for the District 4, Class A playoffs with one week left.
Noah Barnett, junior running back of the Warriors, dominated the Indians' defense on his way to 179 rushing yards on 13 carries and three scores on the ground. Barnett also returned the opening kickoff of the football game all the way to the end zone to open the scoring.
Jimmy Bowman also contributed to the Warriors' offensive success adding 101 rushing yards on 11 carries, and a score. Bryce Cole rushed for 77 yards on four carries and a score and Malachi Washington also scored a rushing touchdown for the Warriors.
John Bowman, senior quarterback of the Warriors, went 6 for 17 throwing the football for 114 yards and connected with Mason Moore for a touchdown through the air as well. John Bowman also recorded three interceptions for the Warrior defense.
Ethan Mead did the majority of the work offensively for the Indians as he rushed for 143 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Connor Calaman added another 84 yards on the ground for the Indians and a rushing touchdown.
Cowanesque Valley deferred to the second half after winning the coin toss as Canton would receive the opening kickoff. Barnett settled under the kick within his own 20 yard line, followed Moore up the field, picked up a few blocks and was off to the races as he would return the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Trevor Route would attempt the point after but would fail to convert.
Cowanesque would respond on their first drive of the game. They used two big plays on third downs to keep the Canton defense on the field. Mead would take the handoff from his own 19 yard line, head right up the middle before bouncing to the outside and eventually crossing the goal line. Mead would also convert the point after as the Indians jumped out to a 7-6 lead. This would be the Indians' only lead of the game.
A few drives later, the Warriors would take to the field on their own 35 yard line. It would take just one play to find the end zone as they gave the ball to Barnett who headed to his left, hit the corner, and would not be touched as he would go 65 yards for his second touchdown of the game. They would line up for a point after attempt, but would direct snap it to the up-back, Jimmy Bowman, who pounded it across the goal line for the two-point conversion, putting the Warriors up 14-7.
Early in the second quarter, Canton started a drive from their own 35 yard line. They would drive the field all the way to their own two yard line before being stopped by the Indians' defense and turning the ball over on downs. Cowanesque would try desperately to put some distance between themselves and the goal line but would fail to do so as Calaman was wrapped up in his own end zone by Jimmy Bowman and Washington for a safety.
Canton would fail to produce on the drive following the free kick and would turn the ball over on downs following a dropped pass by a wide open Washington in the end zone on fourth down.
The Indians would put a few plays together before Calaman's pass was intercepted by John Bowman.
The Warriors would capitalize on the opportunity as Jimmy Bowman ran the ball three times, picking up 53 yards including a two-yard touchdown run putting Canton up 22-7.
On the following kickoff by Canton, Ethan Mead put the ball on the ground as Clayton Mead of the Warriors would fall on it.
Again, the Warriors would capitalize on the Indian mistake. Barnett took the handoff from John Bowman and was initially hit in the backfield, but he would shake off a few tackles, produce a spin-move to shed another and would go 30 yards for his third touchdown of the game.
The Warriors would score one more time before halftime. With just 13 seconds remaining in the first half, John Bowman connected with Moore in the corner of the end zone from 16 yards out for his only passing touchdown of the game. Canton would head into the intermission up 34-7.
Neither team would score for the majority of the third quarter until Canton put together a drive beginning at their own 39 yard line and would find the end zone on a 19-yard run by Cole. Following a failed two-point conversion, Canton led 40-7.
Following another interception thrown by Calaman and at the hands of John Bowman, the Warriors were looking to score again with good field position. Washington would pound it in from two yards out to put the Warriors up 46-7 to open up an abundance of fourth quarter touchdowns by both teams.
On the very next drive, Mead would use his speed to torch the Warrior defense on his way to a 70-yard touchdown run. The Indians would attempt the two-point conversion but would fail to convert.
The Warriors would then put the ball on the ground on their first play from scrimmage on their next drive as Joey Brown of the Indians would scoop it up.
The Indians would use the good field position to find the end zone again as Bell pounded it in from six yards out. The Indians would fail to convert the two-point conversion and trailed the Warriors 46-19.
Canton would respond on their next drive as Barnett would find the end zone for his fourth time on the evening. This one was from 24 yards out as he put the Warriors up 52-19 following another failed point after attempt.
Cowanesque would score one more time and for the last points of the football game. Calaman would keep the ball himself, round the left-side corner and would go untouched 70 yards for the touchdown. Bell would convert the two-point conversion as the score would be 52-27.
Canton will travel to Troy to take on the Trojans in the annual Old Shoe game next Friday evening. Cowanesque Valley will play host to Otto-Eldred next Friday evening for their final game of the 2014 season.