Dragons Rally for Thrilling win over Oil City

Photo by Jon Sitler

WARREN, Pa. – Trailing 18-0 at halftime, Warren rallied to stun Oil City in a Region 5 battle, 21-18.

Ben White was at it again for the Dragons (4-3), catching a pair of touchdowns passes – one from Tommy Nyquist and the other from Eric Dippold. Those scores came at the 2:22 mark of the third quarter to get the Dragons on the board and at 7:39 of the fourth quarter, that, coupled with an extra point, made it an 18-13 game.

The Dragon defense shut down Ethen Knox and Oil City (3-3) in the second half, and got the ball back late in the fourth quarter, with a Dippold to Kody Vega 9-yard touchdown pass giving them a 19-18 lead with 2:22 to play in the fourth quarter. Dippold completed the 2-point conversion pass to Gage Shaffer, and the Dragon defense held Oil City to preserve the comeback win.

Dippold was perfect passing in the fourth quarter.

The Dragons overcame a big first-half from Knox. A week after breaking the Oilers’ single-game rushing record in a win over Franklin, Knox rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns on runs of four and five yards, with the Oilers converting two-point conversions on both scores to make it 16-0.

The lead was 18-0 at the break thanks to safety with 5:29 to go in the second quarter.

Dippold finished 12-of-16 for 144 yards and the two touchdowns, while White had two catches for 76 yards and the two scores, while Nyquist led the Dragon ground attack with 67 yards.

Knox finished with 210 yards on 41 carries for Oil City.