Warriors hold lead at half, but Eagles prevail
ALTA - Alta-Aurelia jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Homecoming action here against #3-ranked Lawton-Bronson Friday, lost the lead, but came back to tie it a 14-14 and then pulled ahead again shortly before halftime to hold a 21-14 lead over the undefeated Eagles in an exciting, back-and-forth first half.
The second half was another story, though, as Lawton-Bronson regrouped and outscored the Warriors 28-7 over the final 24 minutes to take a 42-28 win.
Alta-Aurelia's Dylan Ohlson (24) breaks free on this run as teammates Connor Napierala (62) and Ben Wetherell (78) hustle on the play to block defenders during the Warriors' Homecoming game against Lawton-Bronson Friday night. Photo by Dan Whitney
Garrett VanHouten had another big game on the ground for the Warriors, as the pile-driving senior totaled 148 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns. Manny Murillo added 81 yards on 12 carries for Alta-Aurelia.
Quarterback Joe Napierala completed 7 of 18 pass attempts for Alta-Aurelia, good for 44 yards and one touchdown, a 29-yard strike to Homecoming King Alex Stephan. Napierala also had one of his aerials intercepted.
Alta-Aurelia quarterback Joe Napierala hands off the ball to running back Garrett VanHouten as teammates Alex Stephan (5) and Manny Murrillo (3) block on the play during the Warriors' game against Lawton-Bronson in Alta Friday night. Photo by Dan Whitney
On the defensive side of the ball, Jackson Rosenthal and Michael Stender were each involved in 11 tackles, while Murillo was in on eight and Dylan Ohlson and Steven Handwork were each involved in seven stops, and Murillo and Shane Rowell each recovered a fumble.
No statistics were available for Lawton-Bronson, whose record moved to 5-0 on the season. The Warriors are now 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in District play. They travel to West Lyon, another Top 10 rated team, on Friday for their next District contest.