Mike Stetson, Sports Information Director
FOREST CITY – As senior Cale Crowder burst into the end zone, it was a fitting finish to a happy send-off for 16 Warrior seniors on Saturday at Bolstorff Field.
Controlling the game throughout, Waldorf scored a 41-22 victory over the visiting Comets in North Star Athletic Association play in front of a pleased Warrior Homecoming crowd that included plenty of player’s parents on hand to celebrate “Senior Day.”
“It was so nice today to see our kids play their hearts out for our senior football players,” Waldorf head coach Josh Littrell said. “This senior class went out on top. They were able to defeat every school in our conference within the last two years, which is something that not a lot of people can say.
“I can’t wait to get out on the recruiting trail and find that next group of Warriors that are ready to put on that hard hat.
“I’m proud of our coaches and our administration for giving their best effort and allowing us to be successful,” Littrell added. “The future is bright.”
DeShaun Quinn set the tone from the start for Waldorf, forcing a fumble and recovering it to put an end to the Comets opening drive.
Though Waldorf (5-5 overall, 5-2 NSAA) didn’t score immediately, it didn’t take the Warriors long to put seven points on the board as they cashed in on their second possession when Bo Evans rumbled 30-yards untouched with 3 minutes, 54 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Waldorf followed that up with a strong defensive stand that put the ball back into the hands of quarterback Hilton Joseph, a senior academically who was honored prior to kick-off.
Joseph wasted no time stretching the lead as he threw a perfect toss to Don Jones, who made a juggling catch behind the Comet defense then jogged into the end zone for a 79-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
From there Waldorf kept pouring it on, making for a very happy senior day, as Evans added a 15-yard scoring run early in the third quarter, and Joseph tossed TD passes of 27 yards to Ryan Martinez and 7 yards to Samuel Huntley for a comfortable 35-14 lead with 11:42 left in the season.
Then came the perfect capper for “Senior Day” when Crowder plunged into the end zone for the final 41-22 margin with 2:31 left on the game clock.
Joseph finished the game completing 14-of-22 passes for 262 yards and three TDs, and added 67 yards rushing on nine carries.
Evans ran for 111 yards on 16 carries, and two scores, while Jones hauled in four passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, Huntley caught six passed for 94 yards and a score, and Martinez added three catches for 50 yards and a TD.
Defensively, James Jackson Jr. added an interception for the Warriors, who also got a fumble recovery from Eric O’Neal, who had nine tackles, while Trevor Gunderson led the way with 10 tackles on the day.
Along with Joseph and Crowder – who ran for 12 yards on four carries and that TD – the other seniors playing their final Warrior game were: Benjamin Mau, Dakota Jahnke, Nathaniel Lamar II, Alex Pierre, Moises Jauregui, Kerry Curran, Connor Curran, Josh Sauren, Guilherme Aleixo, Theodore Edge, Frankie Contreras, Myron Rollins, Robert Mosley and Stefan Lee.
Mau finished with five tackles in his finale, Jahnke made one tackle for a 7-yard loss, Jauregui added six tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, Kerry Curran had six tackles and forced a fumble, Connor Curran added five tackles, Sauren made one tackle, and Lee made four tackles for the Warriors.