The alumni who traveled to Diamond for homecoming were treated to a good match-up between Diamond’s ground game, McAuley’s air attack and a Wildcats victory, as they defeated the Warriors 26-6 at Diamond High School.
Prior to the game, Heather Wilson and Zach Renfro were crowned the 2013 Diamond homecoming queen and king, respectively. Following the ceremony, Renfro put his helmet on and collected 194 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Diamond head coach Jimmy Dushane said, “We looked at this week and planned to run the ball and we did. I told someone privately this week, if we pass more that 15 times we’ll be making a big mistake.”
Diamond stuck to its gameplan and attempted 11 passes, five of which were in the first quarter.
Both teams fought to a stalemate for most of the first quarter, until Diamond’s Brodie Bien broke into the open for a 21-yard run with 2:17 in the quarter for the first score. McAuley’s Collin Lowry was intercepted on their next play from scrimmage, after the kick-off by Remi Renfro. The Wildcats drove into the red zone, but had to settle for a Kyle Williams 26-yard field goal with five seconds left in the quarter. The Wildcats led 10-0 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was just like the first. Both teams moved back and forth on the field with no team truly controlling the game. Then with 38 seconds left in the half, Renfro picked up five yards and his first score of the night. At halftime the teams went into the locker room with Diamond leading 17-0.
The Wildcats seemed set to score early in the third, but fumbled on McAuley’s one-yard line. The Warriors’ Lowry connected with Collin Hughes for 30 yards to get his team out of the hole, but the Wildcats defense would respond and thwart the drive.
With 3:10 left in the quarter the Wildcats were again in the red zone, but had to settle for three points as Williams split the uprights a second time.
The Warriors got the ball back, moved down the field and fumbled, losing the ball with 1:38 left in the quarter.
The teams switched ends for the forth quarter, and on the first play of the period the Warriors’ Cole Lowry intercepted a Bien pass and weaved his way for a 42-yard touchdown.
The pick-six made it 20-6 with Diamond leading with 11:40 left in the game. Wildcat Darren Russow received the kickoff and picked up 22 yards, giving the Wildcats good field position. Renfro then broke free and picked up 23 yards for his second score of the night with 8:31 on the clock, leaving the Wildcats leading 26-6.
Diamond will head into next week with a 3-3 record as they travel to Greenfield to face the 3-3 Wildcats.