Warriors Overcome East Syracuse-Minoa for Class A Championship


courtesy Mr. Bob Kuba

Another Warrior charge against local rival Carthage.

The Indian River Warrior football team dominated East Syracuse-Minoa on Friday,  November 7th beating them 40-6 taking the Section III class A championship.  Masks the pain of the loss against the Carthage Comets during the Sectional finals last year, but it is certainly still with them.  Romel Washington had a big game running for 101 yards on 11 carries and had two touchdowns. On defense Densel Barnes intercepted Jake Rodman for the Warrior’s first score and also ran for two touchdowns and threw for one to Connor Brown.

Indian River’s defense proved just how tough they really are, holding ESM to only 6 points that came from a 54 yard touchdown run by Fred Johnson. Indian River forced 3 turnovers by ESM in the first half. 6 plays in the first half for ESM went for negative yards, 7 plays in the first half went for no gains. ESM’s pass game really struggled against the warrior’s secondary with 9 incompletions in the first half, Gary Ruckman intercepted and returned it back for a touchdown but the touchdown was called back for a questionable block in the back.

“It’s a great win,” Barnes told interviewers “It’s a great feeling. I’m going to enjoy it. All season, we’ve been striving to get back here”. Romel Washington said “It feels good to finally win”.  These are just a few quotes that show the excitement the Warrior’s had after winning the championship and finally bringing the Section III Class A  title to Indian River.

Densel Barnes took home the MVP award for the Warriors. Fred Johnson won the award for ESM.

The Warriors move on to the first round in regionals where they will play Section IV champion Union-Endicott at Cicero-North Syracuse. Game time is 8 p.m.