Bruton's offensive line turned this season's Bay Rivers District defensive statistics on its ear Friday night.
Fired up at the prospect of facing a Warhill defense allowing just 221 yards of per game (third-best in the district), the Panthers gouged out 420 yards on the ground to take a 26-13 win over the Lions.
"We hadn't been blocking as well as we should have the past couple of weeks, and I think this challenge really had these guys ready to go," said Bruton coach Tracy Harrod. "As the line goes, so go our running backs, who had great games tonight. We're young, and I think this may be a sign that we're getting it, that we're really starting to understand how to do things the right way."
Bruton (5-2 overall, 4-2 BRD) had two runners go over the century mark as Lorenzo Taliaferro carried the ball 25 times for 249 yards and two scores and D'Anthony Lee rushed for 146 yards and a score on 13 carries.
The Panthers took a 14-0 lead into the half after outgaining Warhill 226-16. All of Bruton's yards came on the ground in the first half.
"Our line had a great game and came out and executed right from the start," Taliaferro said. "Coach (Harrod) and I joke around, and he calls me soft, and that gets me fired up. It works because it makes me run harder. But having D'Anthony out there really helps because he runs well when he's in there and keeps people from focusing on me."
The Lions (0-7, 0-6) came out fighting after a dismal first half in which they picked up just one first down to close the gap to seven points when Kendall Green turned a counter play into a 43-yard scoring scamper.
Bruton's Jackson Neve gave the Panthers a little breathing room by taking the ensuing kickoff back 83 yards for a touchdown.
Warhill scored again on a 9-yard run by Green, but just couldn't come up with enough to earn its first win.
Lee finished off the scoring with a 32-yard run for the Panthers.
"We're still trying to find some things that work on offense so we can get our defense off the field some," said Warhill coach Billy Jarvis. "We knew they had some great guys at the skill positions, and that made it hard on us tonight because they made some big plays. We gave them a little bit of a challenge, and we played much better in the second half tonight and did what we could to keep them guessing."
Green finished with 65 yards and two scores on nine carries, while 288-pound fullback/quarterback Randell Reed carried the ball 13 times for 73 yards and completed 5-of-14 passes for 29 yards.
BRUTON 26, WARHILL 13 Bruton 77120 — 26 Warhill 00130 — 13 B — Taliaferro 10 run (Arbino kick)
B — Taliaferro 26 run (Arbino kick)
W — Green 43 run (Edkins kick)
B — Neve 83 kick return (kick blocked)
W — Green 9 run (kick failed)
B — Lee 32 run (kick failed)BWFirst downs138Rushes-yards47-42035-150Passing yards829Comp-Att-Int1-5-05-14-1Penalties-yards7-553-15Fumbles-lost2-12-1Punts-avg.1-25.04-35.0Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun