Daviess County football is looking to continue its winning ways on Friday when they look to halt Warren East’s ground game.
The Panthers are coming off a strong road win against Apollo, defeating them 43-21 to secure the regular season district title.
Senior quarterback Joe Humphreys was instrumental in the Daviess County win, throwing for 348 yards and five touchdowns on 13-16 passing. Humphreys also led the team in rushing, tallying 73 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
He spread the ball out well amongst his receivers, as junior Decker Renfrow (95), senior Bryson Parm (85), senior Isaiah Tomes (66) and senior Max Dees (51) all tallied over 50 receiving yards.
Tomes had two touchdown catches, while Renfrow, Parm and senior Carter Hamilton all had one touchdown on the day.
Defensively they’ll look to replicate its efforts in slowing down the running game, holding the Eagles to 116 rushing yards last week.
The backfield is where Warren East thrives, as they have an array of weapons that average at least 40 rushing yards a game.
Those weapons are the dynamic trio of Quinton Hollis (84.7), Dane Parsley (58.3) and Ahmad Alexander (40.3), which combines for an average of about 183 rushing yards per game.
“Warren East is a solid team that is looking to gain some momentum as they head into the playoffs as well,” Head Coach Matt Brannon said. “They are a very athletic team that has a solid freshman QB that has a good arm. His favorite target is Tray Price and he has the ability to make plays in the open field. They also have a strong running attack with Ahmad Alexander and they use their QB a lot in the run game as well.”
In order for the Panthers to succeed not only defensively, but on both sides of the ball, Brannon said that they must limit their mistakes.
“We must also do our best to limit our penalties,” Brannon said. “We have yet to play a clean game and meet our goals of penalties in a game. That has to get better.”
While they have home field advantage for the postseason secured, Brannon and company don’t intend to take their foot off the gas to close out the regular season.
“We are looking to end the regular season with a strong showing and gain some advantage going into the playoffs,” Brannon said. “Expectations for our team and each other are very high right now. We continue to have excellent energy, focus and execution at practice. This group is special and I believe they truly love the game and enjoy being around each other. We will honor our seniors this week, so we must maintain focus early and try to keep emotions in check.”
Daviess County will look to extend its winning streak to seven games when they host Warren East at 7 p.m. on Friday in the first of a two-game home stand to close out the regular season.