The Warren Lumberjacks came back from a 12-point deficit to rally past the Watson Chapel Wildcats 20-12 at Watson Chapel on Friday night. The 'Cats put together two drives on the first half to take a 12-0 lead before the 'Jacks got a score late in the half. Both team defenses were up to the challenge on the night, as it was hard to gather yards offensively in the early going. Chapel would intercept Warren quarterback Jmalachi Kinnard on the first two Lumberjacks possessions.
Chapel opened the scoring with a 42-yard run from senior tailback Omar Allen early in the second quarter after a scoreless first frame. Ghailan Fadah’s point-after attempt was blocked. Warren would fumble away their next possession, and Chapel would drive 63 yards for another score as sophomore quarterback Devin Curry would cap the drive with a five-yard score.
This came after a 45-yard run on that drive by Curry to help set up the score. The missed PAT put the 'Cats up 12 with 5:29 left to play in the first half. Allen would finish the night with 91 yards rushing with Curry accounting for 81 yards on the ground. Warren (2-1) would drive 60 yards on their last possession of the half to score on a four-yard pass play from Kinnard to Psavian Person. The missed extra point left it at 12-6 at the half.
Both teams would punt on their opening drives in the third before Warren’s Treylon Burks would put the 'Jacks up with a four-yard run. Jesus Tinoco would add the point-after to give Warren their first lead of the night. Watson Chapel would fumble on the first play of their next drive and Kinnard would cap the scoring for the night with a 26-yard connection to Keemontrae McKnight.
Tinoco’s PAT was good for the final margin. Chapel would threaten on their last possession in the fourth but the drive stalled on fourth and long at the Lumberjack 23. Warren kneeled one play to run out the clock.
Watson Chapel (1-2) will open 5A South conference play this Friday as they play host to the Hot Springs Trojans (0-3). Pregame begins at 6:30 p.m., with the kickoff set for 7 p.m. The game can be heard locally on 98.1, the Hog.