Warriors winless in second year
November 28, 2012
By NATHAN DEEN
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Nov. 28, 2012) -- The first win for the Faith Middle School football program didn't come in 2012.
The Warriors lost 34-0 Tuesday to the Fort Middle School Patriots at Doughboy Stadium, bringing the team's record to 0-6 for the season and 0-12 since it began competing in the Muscogee County School District.
Faith quarterback Daniel Perez's first two passes were interceptions the Patriots turned into 14 points. Perez's third pass of the game would have been an interception if Fort had not been flagged for a roughing the passer penalty.
"The interceptions tore the life out of the team," Faith head coach Lee Obie said. "I couldn't explain it. During practice everything was there. During today's practice, everything was there. During the game, the focus wasn't there."
Obie said he was disappointed that his team played like they wanted the season to end.
"They gave up," he said. "They wanted the season to be over, and they showed it.
"(This season) was worse than last year. Going into the season … if I could just get one win out of it, I'd be happy. (Fort) was the team to beat and we just gave the game away."
The only high note for the Warriors was a breakout, fourth-quarter performance by running back Latrell Washington. Though the Warriors failed to score, they drove the field by running Washington out of the Wildcat formation. He had five rushes for 45 yards on the drive.
"At the end, he gave me what he had left in his tank," Obie said. "But if I could have gotten what he gave me in the last three plays for the whole season, we would have been a much better team."
The Patriots threw the ball just one time in the game, but again Faith could not stop the run. While the Warriors trailed only 21-0 late in the first half, Fort broke a 94-yard touchdown run to put the game away.
Fort took advantage of the Faith defense in the first half. The Patriots had scoring drives of 13, 10 and 8 plays, and ran 24 more plays in the first half than the Warriors.