Varsity Football: Cleveland Beats McDaniel 16-15

Both teams fought a hard battle in Northeast Portland during this game on Oct. 7. In the end, the Warriors clawed their way from behind to secure their second victory of the season, erasing a 15-point deficit to win 16-15.

The game did not start well for the Warriors. Mountain Lion quarterback Jake Brewer cut up the Warrior defense, opening the scoring with a long touchdown run. Things got worse when on Cleveland’s opening possession, quarterback Johnny Hale was intercepted by McDaniel defensive back Artem Hoffman, who returned the interception deep into Warrior territory.

The Mountain Lions added to the tally on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to sophomore wideout Mohamed Fofanah.

The Warriors were able to get on the board before half, when Hale connected with junior wide receiver Sean McCormick in the back of the end zone.

At halftime, the Warriors trailed 15-8. But Cleveland fought back. An interception by defensive back Antonio Marquez gave the Warriors momentum. Then senior running back Jamel Pichon gave the Warriors a huge boost. Pichon reclaimed the lead on an electric 76-yard touchdown run, breaking multiple tackles. The ensuing two point conversion was successful, and Cleveland had the lead.

The Warrior defense held strong through the fourth quarter, and Cleveland left as winners. The Warriors will follow up with another road test, this time at Grant. The Mountain Lions continue to search for their first victory, heading up north to take on the Roosevelt Rough Riders.