Warren Hogs' Owen Damcott runs against Cameron County. Photo by Misty Huck.

WCYFL: Hogs Fall in Playoff Semifinal at Cameron County

October 2, 2023

EMPORIUM, Pa. – The Warren Hogs couldn’t hand Cameron County its first loss of the season and fell to the Storm, 20-2, in the Olean Area Youth Football League semifinals.

Cameron County took advantage of four Hogs turnovers, leading to 14 of the Storm’s 20 points.

On the second play to start the game, Ty Bryan threw his first interception of the season, and the Storm were able to capitalize a few plays later to take a 7-0 lead.

A swing pass from Bryan to Blake Peterson seemingly fell incomplete. However, after both teams’ players stopped, the whistle had not blown, and a Storm defender picked up the ball to hand to the referee. After a few seconds, the players realized the play was still live, and the defender began returning the fumble before being tackled shy of the goal line. Cameron County scored a few plays later to bring the score to 14-0 going into halftime.

After the halftime break, Cameron County got the ball and drove 65 yards in 32 seconds to bring the score to 20-0.

Cameron County was able to stuff the run game, forcing the Hogs to turn to a passing-oriented script. While the Hogs were able to drive the ball, two second-half interceptions killed momentum for the Hogs.

The third interception late in the game put the ball deep in Storm territory. Lucas Sorensen made a tackle for a loss for a safety.

The Warren Hogs allowed only 27 points all season, with shutout wins over Kane, Smethport, Otto Eldred, and Port Allegany. All 27 points were scored by Cameron County.

Bryan finished the game with 40 rushing yards, 90 passing yards, and 3 interceptions. Peterson finished with 4 receiving yards and a fumble. Emmett Snyder had 31 receiving yards and Shaun Lauderdale added 5 receiving yards. Owen Damcott finished with 24 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards on 4 catches. The Storm keyed on Bryan and Peterson to shut down the run game.

Defensively, the Hogs were led by Bryan’s 5 tackles. Sorensen finished with 4 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and a safety. Peterson had 3 tackles, including 2 tackles for a loss. Lauderdale added 3 tackles. Brody Connolly had two tackles and a tackle for a loss. Oliver Drescher and Leeland Brown had 2 tackles apiece, and Johnathan Sullivan, Damcott, Elijah Dodge, Landon Lutton, and Harrison Horner each had 1 tackle, with Horner’s tackle being a tackle for a loss. Emmett Snyder had a pass deflection, which he nearly pulled in for a heavily contested interception.

The Hogs outscored opponents 112-27 on the season, finishing with a 4-2 record after falling one game shy of the championship.

The Warren Hogs will be represented in the OAYFL “Little 30” All-Star game by Ty Bryan, Brody Connolly, Owen Damcott, Oliver Drescher, Mason Erhart, Harrison Horner, Jaret Lang, Blake Peterson, Lucas Sorensen, and Johnathan Sullivan. They will be joined by Warren Hogs coaches Nick Bryan, Dwight Damcott, and Dan Sullivan.

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