DALTON -- Quarterback Lane Grogan rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a third to bolster Wahconah to the team’s fifth win of the year on a rainy Friday night, 20-0 over Lee.
If Grogan didn’t run or throw the football, he handed it off to junior Eli Pease, who carried 17 times for 26 yards. Only one other player rushed the ball for the Warriors, backup quarterback Nick Clayton, for two yards on the last play of the game.
"Well, the conditions were not really favorable for an aerial attack," said Wahconah coach Gary Campbell. "And Lane runs with the ball a lot anyway, so I think it all worked out pretty well in our favor."
Wildcat coach Keith Thomson said after the game that while his team didn’t win, he felt they played hard throughout the contest.
"I can’t be too disappointed," he said. "Our kids played hard all night. We’ve had some adversity this year, with 18 seniors graduating, injuries and other issues. I’ve had to move some people around. But we’re still playing hard."
The rain that had fallen all day intensified at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, turning the football field at Wahconah into a soggy mess. The two teams didn’t make a lot of offensive hay in the first half, but a 23-yard run by Grogan on a third and five on the Wildcat 36 gave the Warriors some momentum.
But covering those final 13 yards took six plays, as the Wildcat
But with time running out in the first half, Grogan plunged over from the 1-yard line and the Warriors led 6-0 at intermission,
The rain stopped after intermission, and Grogan got going. After a nice Evan Garvey kickoff return got the ball to midfield, Grogan dropped back, and then blasted up the middle on a 50-yard touchdown run.
The Warriors sealed the deal as the third quarter ran down. Grogan didn’t throw a pass all day, except one. He took the shotgun snap and made as if to run again. Instead, though, he dumped a shovel pass to Garvey who sprinted down the sideline for a 58-yard score.
The Wildcats’ best chance for a touchdown came in the second quarter. Lee had just recovered a fumble on the Wahconah 42, and moved laboriously down the field. The big play was a pass from Deaglan Giarolo to Nick Sitzer on a fourth and 7. The play gained 16 yards and pushed the ball to the Warrior 13. But on a fourth and nine from the 12, the Warriors’ Jordan Fiske sacked Giarolo at the 22 and ended the threat. Fiske had two sacks on the night.