PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Tanner Stuart scored a pair of touchdowns and the defense did the rest as the Warren Dawgs pitched a shutout, 14-0, at Port Allegany on Tuesday.
The Dawgs improved to 5-1 with the victory and secured a home playoff game. They will head to undefeated Coudersport on Saturday with the No. 1 seed in the playoffs on the line.
Stuart wasted little time getting the Dawgs on the board. On their first play from scrimmage, Stuart first ran left, then reversed field, and went 65 yards down the right side for a touchdown. Grant May ran in the conversion to give the Dawgs a 7-0 lead.
The remainder of the first half was dominated by strong defensive play by both teams. The poor weather conditions over the weekend and steady rain throughout the day made the field slick and gave both teams ball security issues.
Ryan Hillard recovered a fumble deep in Gators’ territory in the fourth quarter to set up the Dawgs’ second score. Stuart did the rest taking a bootleg around the left side to paydirt. Chase Raub ran in the extra point to cap the scoring.
Stuart finished with 136 yards rushing and 15 passing yards. May ran for 35 yards and added 15 yards through the air. Nate Harris took his lone carry for 16 yards. Connor Smith gained 12 yards on the ground and Raub finished with 6 yards. The Dawgs finished with 205 yards on the ground.
The Dawgs’ defense was led by an extraordinary effort by Blake Peterson, who stuffed the stat sheets with 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Stuart finished with 10 tackles. Jeremiah Lyon had 8 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Raub finished with 7 tackles from his defensive end position while Liam Frederoski put up 6 tackles from the opposite side defensive end spot.
Owen Damcott had 6 tackles and a forced fumble. First-year nose tackle Wesley Stevens had a career game with 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and his first career sack. Nate Harris had 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Hillard and Bentlee Moore each had a fumble recovery. Clayton Hammerbeck had 3 tackles and May had 1 tackle.
The Dawgs’ physical defense recovered 6 fumbles on the day and was once again brilliant as they ground through four quarters to hold a strong Gators run game scoreless.