EMPORIUM, Pa. – Both a rain storm and the Cameron County Storm proved too much for the Warren Hogs to overcome as the Hogs fell to the Storm, 7-0, on Saturday.
Both teams came in undefeated and battling for the top seed in the playoffs.
The Hogs offense struggled out of the gate with three fumbles on their first three offensive plays. The Storm was unable to capitalize, and the score remained 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, the Storm’s offense finally punched through and scored a touchdown to put them ahead. The extra point conversion was good, making the score 7-0 at halftime.
The Hogs were unable to get anything going offensively, largely due to heavy rain throughout the game as they fumbled the ball seven times throughout the contest. The swarming Storm defense held the Hogs offense scoreless for the first time all season.
Defensively, the Hogs remained strong as they have all season, holding an offense averaging 33 points per game to only 7 points.
Elijah Dodge led the defensive effort with 11 total tackles. Johnathan Sullivan added 5 tackles, including 1 tackle for a loss, and a fumble recovery while Brody Connolly chipped in 6 tackles. Oliver Drescher had 5 tackles, Blake Peterson had 4 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss, Ty Bryan added 3 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss, and Owen Damcott added 3 tackles and a pass deflection. Landon Lutton and Harrison Horner added 2 tackles apiece, Emmett Snyder had 1 tackle, Jaret Lang had 1 tackle for a loss, and Lucas Sorensen had a pass deflection.
Following their first loss, the Warren Hogs (2-1) drop to second place in the division behind Cameron County (3-0), but ahead of Kane (1-2) and Otto Eldred (0-3).
The Hogs will host the Smethport Lil Hubs on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at War Memorial Field, with the Warren Razorbacks and Warren Dawgs to follow. The Hogs need one win or a Kane loss to secure a playoff spot.