BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – Friday night’s battle between Howland and West Branch came down to a slugfest between the Tigers’ Matt Woomer and the Warriors’ Dru DeShields, with West Branch eventually coming out on top, 37-34.
DeShields accounted for all five touchdowns for the Warriors in the win with two through the air and three on the ground. Woomer also accounted for all five touchdowns for Howland, with one through the air and four on the ground.
West Branch made history on their opening drive of the game when DeShields connected with Nick Wilson for a touchdown pass to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead with 9:27 left in the first quarter. The touchdown was Wilson’s 20th of his career, a new school record.
A short Ben Tolson field goal would give West Branch a 10-0 lead late in the first.
Howland got on the board with 7:10 remaining in the second quarter when Woomer scored from 20 yards out.
Jaxon Hendershott pulled in a 43-yard touchdown pass from DeShields on a fourth and short to move the lead back to double digits, 17-7.
A trick play from the Tigers lead to a 61-yard touchdown pass when Woomer faked a run and then threw a bomb to a wide-open Tiger receiver.
The second half saw six straight possessions end almost the same way. Three straight Warriors drives ending in DeShields quarterback keeper touchdown runs. Three straight Tigers drives ending in short Woomer touchdown runs.
With two minutes remaining West Branch received the ball leading 37-34 and were eventually able to seal the win.
Next week, Howland (2-4) will host East. West Branch (6-0) will host Carrollton.
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