By Patrick Kays
KIEFER — The Kiefer Trojans were very aware of Warner’s offense. In fact, it was the same offense used by Morrison which gave the Trojans their first loss just last week.
The Trojans knew they could not make the same mistake twice. A change in the line led to a 52-14 victory over the Warner Eagles (6-5) in the opening round of Class A Playoffs at Kiefer High School.
All but eight of the Trojans (10-1) 42 points came from the duo of Trey and Blake Sneed who combined for 315 all-purpose yards.
“They have a lot of great players. Both of the twins were great. They’re both fast and strong and quick. There was nothing we could really do. They were a lot bigger than we are and we got man-handled a little bit,” said senior Clint Kite. “We couldn’t really get back into it.”
Kite was held to only 40 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.
The first half was all Kiefer as the Trojans had eight first downs to Warner’s three along with turnovers.
“We were kind of tightened up coming into the game,” said Warner head coach Mike Burdge. “We couldn’t really get things going here.”
The Eagles had two of their first downs right at the end of the first half due to the running game of Jacob Crabtree who finished the day with 22 yards on five carries. The momentum was short-lived as Blake Sneed would return the second half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. The Trojans increased their lead to 52-0 after Trevor Gordon would intercept a pass on the first play of the Warner drive that would be returned 31 yards for a Trojan touchdown.
Warner’s first score would come after a 20-minute official timeout as Warner’s Tristan VanDaley would be carted off of the field by the paramedics after suffering a hip injury and would not return. Paramedics also removed Warner’s Daniel Hamm after suffering what seemed to be a neck or head injury.
The next play after the delay would be an 80-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Ward to Eric Wiggins.
Kite would get into the end zone in the fourth quarter to make it 52-14.
“We lost like 11 starting seniors last year? Two or three other people got playing time. Heck, I mean six wins is pretty dang good,” Kite said. “We couldn’t ask for anything better than that”
Burdge finished out his first year as head coach of Warner with a very optimistic view about his players’ performance.
“I just saw a lot of heart. I’m really proud of the effort they gave me,” said Burdge. “They played as hard as they could. I was really proud of their effort, the way they finished the ball game.”
He’s already set his sights on next season.
“I wish we could start tomorrow,” he said.
KIEFER 52, WARNER 14
Warner 0 0 6 8—14
Kiefer 20 16 16 0—52
Kie: Trey Sneed 11 run (Justin Rovang pass to Colton Kiehl), 9:08
Kie: Blake Sneed 1 run (conversion failed), 3:29
Kie: Trey Sneed 37 yd TD run (conversion failed), 0:09
Kie: Blake Sneed 11 yd TD run (Trey Sneed run) ,11:12
Kie: Trey Sneed 3 yd TD run (Rovang pass to Blake Sneed), 2:30
Kie: Blake Sneed 95 yd kickoff return (Trey Sneed run), 11:43
Kie: Trevor Gordon 31 interception (Blake Sneed run), 10:51
War: Bobby Ward 80 pass to Eric Wiggins (conversion failed), 3:14
War: Clint Kite 4 run (Kite pass to Bobby Ward), 5:30.