If Danville’s head coach, Russ Sumner, wanted to show his young football team what it takes to become an elite squad, he found the right team to teach them. Unfortunately the lesson was a painful one at the hands of their cross county rivals.

Defending State champion Tri-West defeated the Warriors here on Friday, 59-13, and held claim to the Helmet Trophy for the third consecutive year.

The Bruins were paced by Junior quarterback, Jake Hill, who completed 12 of 21 passes for 266 yards, and three touchdowns.

“We are pretty happy with the outcome, but obviously we are not satisfied with everything we did tonight,” said Bruins head coach Chris Coll. “[Danville] made it kind of tough on us inside. We missed some assign­ments. But we have some big-play guys, and we were able to get some ‘home runs’ on them.”

Those big plays came in the second quarter with the Bruins already leading 10-0.

Hill connected with TE Casey Coll, who pierced the heart of the Danville defense for an 84-yard score. Then, on the next offensive series, Hill eased RB Wes Cook away from Danville defender Bailey Bilyeu with a soft swing pass, and let the speed­ster finish off a 34-yard scoring pass and run. Senior RB Colton Jobe completed the offensive explosion with a 61-yard screen pass.

“That’s a heckuva football team there,” mused head coach Sumner, “They have a lot of weapons. Those guys are capable of making plays. When they need one, they certainly have the ability to get it.”

The inability to pressure Hill, and stop the big play camou­flaged the Warriors otherwise strong effort to stay physical with the larger Bruins. The Tri-West defense, on the other hand, allowed Danville only 2.1 yards per rush, and kept junior QB Christian Schabel on the run all night.

The combination gave more opportunities to Hill and the big-play Bruins.

Schabel only completed 15 of 40 passes, and coughed up two interceptions, including a 45-yard touchdown return by Dillan Leisher, which spotted the Bruins a 31 point halftime lead.

The Warriors were led by Tanner Knotts, with five solo tackles. Both teams provided aggressive hitting true to the rivalry.


Game Recap

Tri-West 59, Danville 13

The Bruins exploded for 28 second quarter points in romping over the rival Warriors in SAC action, Friday night.

Tri-West (2-2, 2-0) used big plays, including an 84 yard Jake Hill TD pass to Casey Coll, a 34 yard touchdown pass to Wesley Cook, and a 61 yard TD screen pass to Colton Jobe. Hill finished the contest 12-21-266 with 3 passing TDs.

Danville (0-4, 0-0) was held to 2.1 yards per carry on the ground, allowing more opportunities for Hill and the Bruin offense.

Dillan Leisher added a 45 yard interception return for a touchdown to end the second quarter barrage.