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Warriors' aerial attack and Pirate mistakes key in win

By Tim Winters, 09/04/17, 8:45AM EDT

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Weddington notched its second win of the season against Porter Ridge, 25-14, thanks to an efficient aerial attack and the Warriors ability in taking advantage of their opponent’s mistakes.

The Warrior first opportunity arose early in the second quarter after a botched Porter Ridge punt.

The snap flew high above Jared Wheatley’s head and recovered by Weddington senior Eamon Murphy at the Porter Ridge 2-yard line. On the next play from scrimmage Murphy tied the score at seven with a 2-yard touchdown run. 

Before the punt mishap, Porter Ridge was controlling the momentum and the line of scrimmage.

Offensively, Weddington’s success in the past has been their ability to control the line of scrimmage and beat you with a balanced attack.

This year and granted only two games in, the Warriors are going more to the air thanks to quarterback Whitner Litton and a slew of talented receivers.

Litton, a junior, was 17-for-35 for 242 yards and one touchdown. 

Junior Max Brimigion, led Weddington receivers with 138 yards on seven catches and one touchdown. James Shipley, another junior, hauled in 4 catches for 60 yards. Sophomores Wayne Dixie and Chase Turner each pulled in two receptions.

In the second half, with Weddington holding onto a 14-7 lead, the Warriors were forced to punt deep from within their territory. Porter Ridge was looking at ideal field position but instead were called for roughing-the-kicker on the punt giving Weddington a first down.

The Warriors capitalized a few minutes later when Litton connected on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brimigion.

Porter Ridge loses its first game of the year and will now play rival Sun Valley this Friday.

Weddington is now 2-0 and has won 14 consecutive games dating back to their championship season of last year. The Warriors host East Mecklenburg on Friday night.

* Thanks to Devin Steele for providing the two photos used in this post.  You can check out his website at https://www.devinsteelephotography.com/

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