Warren has a long football road trip ahead of itself.
The Andy Schob-coached Warriors are scheduled to play at East Liverpool High in Columbiana County this Friday at 7:30 p.m. It's also senior night for the Potters, who have a history of playing football for 116 years.
It's probably safe to say that the royal blue and white has never been one of the Potters' opponents on the gridiron.
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Warren's Justus Johnson (5) and Ryan Potter (23) close in for the tackle on Jackson's Gabe Griffiths (45) during the second quarter of a football game in Vincent last Friday night. Jackson beat Warren 35-20.
"Our long trips to Portsmouth have helped us adapt to the 3 to 3.5 hour bus ride to East Liverpool," Schob said. "We plan on stopping on the way to eat and stretch at a rest area."
Warren (2-4) is at a crossroads in its season. A winning campaign is still possible if the Warriors can run the table - and it all starts against East Liverpool.
The Rick Prescott-led Potters are currently 1-5 overall, and coming off a 52-0 setback to Wheeling Park at Wheeling Island Stadium last Friday night.
East Liverpool's only win was a 20-14 triumph over Salem in Week 3. Its other losses have come against Carrollton, Indian Creek, Cambridge, and John Marshall (W.Va.).
"East Liverpool is similar to us," Schob said. "They can compete with most teams at times (lost to Cambridge 24-22), but are looking for consistency. They have a strong tradition and are very confident playing at home."
Junior Kade Reynolds is expected to be EL's quarterback, and he's mobile with the capability of running or throwing the ball. Kaleb Tallent, Dillan Reynolds, and Zach English are the tailbacks, and John Miscuk is the fullback.
The Potter receivers are Marcus Beebout and Austyn Dozier. And, their place kicker is Justin Barr.
"Their RB, Zach English is very fast and quick, and is one of the better RBs we will face this season," Schob said. "They also have a very good and aggressive pair of Inside LBs of defense."
Warren is coming off a 35-20 loss, its second in a row, to visiting Jackson in an SEOAL tilt last Friday. At the half, the Warriors trailed the Ironmen 14-12 and at one point in the fourth quarter 28-20.
The royal blue and white was outgained 443-159 in total offense in the contest. On the ground, the Warrior defense gave up 407 yards.
"It was frustrating watching Jackson continue to run the ball so effectively," Schob said. "We even shifted into a goalline defense and still could not physically stop them.
"Give Jackson credit, they are very good at what they do. We obviously saw some things the past few weeks we are focusing hard on this week to be successful.
Offensively, Warren QB Austin Klintworth completed 13 of 20 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns to David Ryan.
Jared Isner ran for 57 yards on nine carries.
"Like every game on our schedule this year, we will have to come ready to play and play four quarters of football to enjoy the long trip back to Vincent," Schob said.