The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 6, 2013

High school football: Warford, Line Mountain blank Halifax

By Anthony Mitchell

For The Daily Item

MANDATA -- Cory Warford might have to get used to handing the ball to the referee.

Warford ran for four touchdowns for Line Mountain in a 41-0 win over Halifax on Line Mountain's homecoming Saturday night.

A week after falling to Newport, the Eagles rebounded by controlling the tempo and using Warford along with Hunter Hojnacki to keep the chains moving.

"We played a complete game tonight," Line Mountain head coach Rodney Knock said. "If we can (limit mistakes), I think we can go on a run."

Warford finished with 191 yards on 23 carries and Hojnacki added 112 on the ground to keep the Eagles heading into Halifax territory repeatedly. Both running backs refused to go down on first contact, bruising their way for first downs, dragging multiple defenders down with them.

"I just run my hardest (and) try to break the tackles," Warford said. "I give all my credit to my linemen for opening up the holes for me. They do an awesome job."

Knock joined Warford in praising the play of the offensive line against the Wildcats.

With the game in hand, Warford and Hojnacki gave way to Cory Paul, who showed that he can also find pay dirt.

Paul showed his quickness early in the fourth quarter, hitting the hole from 11 yards out and spinning his way into the end zone for the Eagles' last score.

Knock referred to his running back contingent as bulls and the Wildcats were forced to try and hang on as Line Mountain moved them around the field.

"(Our running backs) go hard," Knock said. "They don't go down on first contact."

With the wet conditions, the Eagles went to the ground and often early but with multiple options in the backfield, a wet ball did not prove to be an issue.

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