Warsaw Loses To Midway At Home Season Opener

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The Warsaw Wildcats came into the opening game of the season with high expectations. The talk around town was that they would handle Cass Midway as  Lincoln did in their jamboree a week ago. However, the Wildcats  stumbled to a 19-6 loss as the Vikings’ speed on defense, passing and the Wildcats mistakes proved to be difference.
Head Coach Ryan Boyer commented, "There were  some good things and some bad things. Our blocking and defense hurt us as well as penalties earlier on. Both teams played the first half like a season opening game.
We just shot ourselves in the foot at times and we had too many drive killers. This is the type of game that you learn from.”
The first quarter went seemingly quick as both teams failed to score. Midway, who were 8-4 last season and failed to make the Class 1 final four last season for the first time in awhile, scored at the 6:11 mark. Senior Quarterback Josh Yahnig took off around the right side for the 12 yard TD and with the PAT it was 7-0 and the score stayed that way for the first half of play.
Midway’s Senior Zach Elliot was injured in the second quarter and unofficial reports later in the evening said he had two broken bones in his ankle requiring pins and would be out for the season.
Warsaw had a chance to score in the third, but Eli Hawkins fumbled on the two yard line. Looking at the game film, it appeared to some as Hawkins was already down and trying to reach the ball out for the first down .
 On the very next play, Yahnig hit his receiver Mitchell Jurgeson for a 55 yard gain as they went on to score. The Viking’s coaching staff had saw something in Warsaw’s defense and were just waiting to go deep. Emotions had flared after the fumble and the Wildcats were apparently caught off guard.
In the quarter, Jordan Giffard hit a 22 yard field goal as the Vikings led 19-0 after three.
Sooner or later, most Wildcats fans just knew Dalton Nickles would make his mark on the game. He broke up a first quarter pass on a nice play and later would get free up the middle for a 30 yard TD rumble.
The Warsaw hopes increased but the Midway defense held their ground. Tempers would flare up again resulting in a personal blatant foul on the Vikings but the Wildcats couldn’t score.
Overall the total offense was close at 255 to 299 for the Vikings. Junior Chase Steiner had a good game going 7-15 and had three catches on the night. Kieon Davis was 15-91 yards  and Eli Hawkins surprisingly only had three carries and was 3-12 . Hawkins was moved to tight end when Colby Schwartz was injured early on.
New QB Matt Couzens was 10-19 for 75 yards and the one TD pass, and two interceptions. Yahnig was 8-14 for 129 yards.
Warsaw had five flags for 35 yards. Coach Boyer coached for the first time in his career without a head set as all of the headsets went dead due to an equipment malfunction.
The Wildcats will host Knob Noster this week. They defeated Versailles 68-30 last week.