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Looking for their first win of the season, if Friday night’s home game at Youngsville High School doesn’t change things a bit, nothing will. After two lopsided losses to open 2022, the Dragons will host Girard at 7 p.m. at Mike Shine Field.

It will also be the first time Warren has played against the Yellowjackets in head coach Mark Morelli’s six-year tenure.

“We’re looking at it as an opportunity to connect with Youngsville athletes,” Morelli said. “We want them to be a part of the Warren football program. However, even after six years, there is reluctance. More than 35 children expressed their interest last March. Of those 35, counting our high school program, we have 14 players from Youngsville. We’ve had players from Youngsville play a big part in our program for the last six years since this cooperative has existed: Noah Myers, Justin Eck, Mason Benjamin, Ethan Benedict, and this year’s team has Alan McAllister, a four-starter. year, and four-year letter winner Ethan Senz, along with five freshmen. They go out, compete and win game time. I don’t have an answer as to why, but I have been told various reasons for the lack of interest. The bottom line is this, co-ops are happening everywhere, not just in Warren County. School districts have to cooperate in order to survive. People need to push past these territorial boundaries and do what’s right for kids.”

Morelli said the Dragons should feel at home.

“As for the game itself that will be played in Youngsville, it should be an exciting night for the fans that come to Mike Shine Field; It’s been six years since a college football game was played there.” Morelli said. “As a team, we don’t anticipate any issues; we practice on grass, the football field is the same size everywhere and our youngest children have played there before. It will be an emotional evening for McAllister and Senz as they played on this field when they were part of the Youngsville high school team.”

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Morelli said the Dragons know what to do.

“Oil City had the size and strength, Sharon had the speed, they’re both two of the best teams in 3A.” Morelli said. “We found out what a 3A playoff team looks like in the last two weeks. Now we go ahead and apply the lessons we have learned.

“Girard’s QB is a good athlete; he was the main key for them last week as he put the team on their backs and led them to a win with this running and shooting ability.” he added. “Plain and simple, we need to eliminate the turnovers that have plagued us the last two weeks. The second area, we need to play better and be more physical up front on both sides of the ball. And, probably the most important area, effort is non-negotiable; we have to give our all on every move, without disappointment.

“I can say that we have had a better week of preparation for this game,” Morelli said. “The spirits of the players are high and they are focused on what we have been telling them. Two games down in the season with eight more to go, it’s all about taking advantage of the opportunities that come their way. You only have so many games.”

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