By James Adams
GOSHEN, Ohio – Western Brown not only doubled up Goshen on the scoreboard Friday, spoiling the home team’s homecoming, they nearly did so in total yardage.
The Broncos beat the Warriors, 55-21 at Jim Brown Stadium, and dominated in offensive, finishing with a 685 to 350 advantage.
Western Brown (6-0) was led by senior quarterback Devyn Wood who ran for two touchdowns and threw for five more, accounting for all seven touchdowns his team scored.
“A lot of teams have one or two guys that they can throw it to, but I have five I trust,” Wood said. “I know what they’re thinking, and they know what I’m thinking.”
Wood threw for 574 yards, putting him well over 2,400 yards passing through just six games this season, and he has already thrown 22 touchdowns.
Broncos receivers had a field day with Wood spreading the ball around and three of those wide outs had over 100 yards receiving. Sophomore Eean Hornung had 190 yards and two scores, junior Christian Dawson also had two TDs and 155 yards, and senior Jarred Haggerty finished with 117 yards.
Goshen (4-2) tried to hang with the potent offense of Western Brown and drew to within six points deep in the third quarter at 27-21, but the Warriors’ four-game win streak was snapped at game’s end.
Goshen countered the down field passing game of Wood with a horizontal passing game of their own that kept the bigger Broncos defense at bay.
Sophomore quarterback Isaac Hart was the main man for the Warriors offensively, throwing for 218 yards and rushing for 55 more yards. Hart was very solid on his team’s third quarter drive that scored its final points, after which the Western Brown defense re-emerged from its slumber.
“I was playing middle (linebacker), they put me outside to catch the bubble screen, and we just started playing as a team,” said senior linebacker Derrick McIntosh on his team’s late effort.
McIntosh led the Broncos in tackles coming into this game, so Mark Slagle and his coaching staff tried to nullify him by double-teaming McIntosh most of the evening.
“I like the challenge, at first I tried to split them,” McIntosh said. “He (Coach Dreyer) told me just run them over, so that’s what I tried doing.”
Western Brown has a chance to run the table as it plays just one more team with a winning record – Batavia – which is in a lower division.
“One of the main things we talked about all week was to make a statement,” Wood said. “Our last three games were real close, people were saying we might be getting lucky – we wanted to make a statement and put on a show for everybody.”
Western Brown will play the fourth game of its five game road trip on Oct. 11 when the Broncos visit Clermont Northeastern (1-5).
Goshen will try to rebound at the Norwood (2-4) Indians on Oct. 10 in a game that will separate the pack in the Southern Buckeye Conference’s American Division.
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