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Warriors Getting Sharp For Upcoming Season

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/16/2013

With just two weeks left until the kickoff of high school football season, the Ontario Warriors were getting their first full-contact experience with another squad. Friday morning Ontario traveled to North Robinson to take on the Eagles of Colonel Crawford and walked away pleased, yet sensible about the work to be done before the start of the season.

"We got a lot to work on." Senior running back Jordan Campbell says. "Offensively on the offensive line and running back and skill positions just be more disciplined."

Campbell sat out Friday's scrimmage with tightness in his hamstring, but set the Ontario single season record for rushing and led the area in scoring last season. He did so however, behind a veteran offensive line that featured several returning letterman. Warriors head coach Scott Kreger says the O-line is "absolutely" the teams biggest weakness right now, with 3-year starter Tyler Gorbett the only returning starting lineman. But Kreger says he's "100% sure" they will find guys to fill those voids.

Last season Kreger says the Warriors were too reliant on long touchdown plays to win games. This season he says the key to success is controlling the ball.

"We've got to be able to sustain drives." Kreger says. "We can't rely on 70-yard runs to do all of our scoring for us."

Ontario may have found a new weapon to rely on outside of Campbell however, in emerging wideout Cameron Mack. Mack scored a pair of early touchdowns from quarterback Tyler Boatwright in Friday's scrimmage, but the tandem was hooking up long before this offseason.

"We've been good friends since we were young so we know eachother." Boatwright says. "We know what we're going to do, we kind of have a feel for each other. It's a good connection.

"I like the new role, I'm accepting it." Mack says of his presence in the offensive game plan. "We're starting to click very well and connecting really good so it will translate to the season."

Ontario will open their 2013 campaign at home with Lexington and will round out a difficult non-conference schedule with Clear Fork and Norwayne before beginning their first year in the Northern Ohio League. All of Ontario's games can be seen on replay Saturday's on WOHZ TV and Sundays on WMFD HD.

   
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