It may have been sloppy and filled with penalties and turnovers, but the Hunters Lane Warriors couldn’t be happier about their game with Antioch.
Hunters Lane moved to 3-0 with a 19-0 win over the Bears in Madison on Friday night as Erik Wisdom ran for 163 yards and a touchdown. A lightning fast Warrior defense forced seven Antioch turnovers and held the Bears to 81 total yards, 51of which came on pass plays in the final minutes after the game was decided.
“Our defense is our strength,” said Hunters Lane coach Richard Campbell. “Our offensive line had something to do with that (victory), too.”
Indeed,the Hunters Lane offensive line appeared to wear down the Antioch defense in the second half. That was part of the plan, Wisdom said.
“That’s what we were shooting for,” Wisdom said. “We had to come home with a win.”
Fullback Terry Ezell ran for 32 yards and two touchdowns for Hunters Lane, including a goal-line score shortly before halftime to make it 7-0. Ezell was hit, but blasted into the end zone for the first score of the game.
Hunters Lane quickly went up 13-0 with their first possession of the second half, moving 52 yards on four plays. Wisdom finished the drive with an 11-yard touchdown dash, and the kick failed.
Then things got wild. The Warriors recovered an Antioch fumble two plays later at the 25 yard line of the Bears (0-3). Wisdom picked up a big gain, but a holding penalty made it first and seven from the Antioch 22. Then Warrior quarterback Randall Lewis was sacked by Antioch star Michael McAdoo and was injured and taken off the field.
With the Warriors facing third and 17, Hunters Lane quarterback Kyle Gilbert was hit by McAdoo and fumbled. Antioch tried to recover the ball, but only knocked it backwards more and Hunters Lane finally landed on it, setting up a fourth and 46.
Wait, it gets better. The long snap for the punt went was high and Antioch recovered at the Warrior 18-yard-line with a chance to get back into the game. On the next play, the Bears fumbled back to Hunters Lane.
Ezell later scored on a 1-yard dive early in the fourth quarter for the Warriors' final points.
“On offense when we did make a play, we immediately shot ourselves in the foot,” said Antioch coach Mike Woodward.
Antioch played without starting quarterback Terrance Davis. Woodward declined to say why Davis didn’t play.
After the win, Hunters Lane’s thoughts immediately turned to next week’s clash against neighborhood rival — and also undefeated — Maplewood.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Wisdom said.