Vincent - Friday’s football game between Warren and Williamstown will ultimately go down as a loss for the Warriors.
In the grand scheme of things, though, it’s possible the game will be looked at as a turning point for the program.
Williamstown, a perennial W.Va. Class A football powerhouse, got everything it could handle from Warren. On the game-deciding play in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the Yellowjackets came up with an interception in the end zone to seal the Warriors’ fate.
The thing is, this game could have been decided much sooner. Williamstown held leads of 26-17 and and 33-20 in the fourth quarter, which for Warren teams of the past may have seemed like too much to overcome.
However, this year’s Warren squad, led by a high-powered offense, never surrendered and gave themselves a chance to win. The ball didn’t bounce their way at the end, but that’s just the way football goes sometimes. This game showed signs the Warriors are headed in the right direction.
“These kids, hopefully they realize we’ve made tremendous strides as a program,” said first-year Warren head coach Matt Kimes after the game. “They’ve set the foundation for it. We’ll continue to build. We’ve got three games left and we’ll see if we can win them all.”
Entering this season, Warren had won just five games total in the previous five seasons, including a pair of brutal 0-10 years in 2017 and 2015.