The Howard eighth-grade green team took the field for its first game of the season Wednesday night in Lancaster.
It was a defensive struggle as neither team scored in the 0-0 tie.
The tough Warrior defense was led by some big hits in the first half from Trevon Smith, Kenneth Washington and big Zeke Derrough.
The Warrior offense had a few bright spots in the first half with a few good runs by Kealan Delce but was unable to put any points on the board.
In the second half the fired up Warriors flexed their muscles on defense making several fourth down stands. Oshae Turner made a game-saving tackle deep in Warrior territory late in the third.
Then in one of the biggest plays of the game Trevon Smith tackled the Tiger running back for a 15-yard loss setting up fourth and goal from the 30. Jameel Easley, Washington, Delce and Turner covered the Tiger receivers like a blanket and ended their drive with a small 8-yard gain.
The Warriors had the ball the entire fourth quarter playing old school power football.
The offensive line and fullback Jerry Gonzalez dominated the Tigers making holes for Smith and Washington.
The Warriors had the ball for the next seven minutes but came up short on a fourth and goal on the 4-yard line. Zane Morton gave the Warriors another chance with a huge fumble recovery, but again the Warriors were stopped on the Tiger 3-yard line and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
While the green team earned a tie, the Howard eighth grade white team suffered a disappointing loss on Wednesday night to Lancaster.
With a couple of turnovers and miscues on defense the Warriors got down early and could not make up any ground after that, but there were a few bright spots for the Warriors on Wednesday.
In his first game at quarterback Josh Berry showed a lot of grit continuing to fight for yardage behind an inexperienced line.
Juan Carlos-Ortiz and Matthew Perez also ran the ball hard. Perez and Berry were also bright spots on defense coming up with pass deflections and Perez with an interception.
The Warriors will look to improve this week against Duncanville Kennemer.
The seventh-grade Howard Warriors split their first games of the season Tuesday against Lancaster.
The A team won their contest 25-21. Jalen Reagor did a great job at running back, scoring one touchdown and also had a kickoff returned for a touchdown. Alec Sanchez also ran the ball very hard breaking many tackles and scoring a touchdown for the Warriors. The fourth touchdown came way of a rushing touchdown by LaJustin Massey. He barreled through the entire Lancaster Tigersí defense for a hard-earned touchdown. Defensively the Warriors made a few mistakes, but came through when it mattered and helped earn the win. LaJustin Massey led the team in tackles and showed great leadership on defense. Deveon Sargeant made some great plays at corner and helped stop Lancasterís passing attack.
The B team lost in a hard fought game 12-0. Kenedy Snell started the game off with an exciting kickoff return and gave the Warriors great field position. But despite the great return, the Warriors were unable to capitalize with a score. Offensively the Warriors showed signs of a good football team, but also showed times where there is a lot of learning and growing to go. Defensively the Warriors, played their heart out but were unable to keep the Tigers off the board. Andy Rolen led the team in tackles and was a force from the cornerback position.
The seventh -grade Howard Warriors will play at Duncanville Kennemer on Monday.