Home cooking may be what the Warriors need
Written by: John Robbins on Thursday, September 6th, 2018
This Friday, the Penn-Trafford Warriors will be looking for their first win of the season and their 139th win at Warrior Stadium. Since 2013, the Warriors have gone 26-1 at home, only losing to Franklin Regional during the 2016 season. Prior to the loss ro Franklin Regional the Warriors had a 19 game winning streak at home. With around 5,000 seats and plenty of room for people to stand, Warrior Stadium is one of the bigger stadiums in the WPIAL.
The stadium was completed for the 1977 season and Penn-Trafford won the first game 6-0 over Mount Pleasant. Before the game, members of the student council put sod from Trafford stadium and Memorial Stadium (Penn Joint’s stadium) in each end zone. Throughout the years, the stadium undergone multiple upgrades like the addition of lights, renovations to the press box on multiple occasions, the building of the “Warrior Center”, the addition of metal bleachers, and changing the natural grass surface to an artificial turf one.
In 2016, the Connellsville Falcons played at Warrior Stadium and they lost 48-7. Last year, the Warriors beat the Falcons 48-7 again but it was at Connellsville. The Falcons look to avoid a repeat of the last two meetings between these teams. Connellsville comes in at 1-1 after being crushed by McKeesport 57-7 last week. The Falcons offense will be lead by junior quarterback Josh Maher who has gone 13/34 for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air this season.
Penn-Trafford hopes to bring some confidence into this young group of players. Now with almost a game and a half under his belt, junior quarterback Gabe Dunlap looks to lead the Warriors to their first win. Dunlap has accounted for 537 yards of total offense in the first two games. He has also scored 5 out of Penn-Trafford’s 6 touchdowns this season. The only one he didn’t score was when junior running back Caleb Lisbon’s ran in a touchdown in week 0.
Connellsville will have to stop Penn-Trafford from holding the ball for long stretches. Penn-Trafford will have to stop the big plays that have been there kryptonite in their first two games. The game will kickoff at 7:30 at Warrior Stadium. I will be making live updates on my twitter @Broadcaster_20.
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