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updated: 9/21/2013 12:14 AM

Warren steps it up, shuts down Z-B

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By Irv Solomon
Daily Herald Correspondent

Warren's defense rose to the occasion by shutting out visiting Zion-Benton 31-0 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division football game Friday night.

The Blue Devils held Zion-Benton to 95 total yards and came up with 3 interceptions.

"We played inconsistent tonight," said Warren coach Dave Mohapp, whose Blue Devils improved to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the NSC Lake."We made some mistakes and had some penalties that stopped our momentum.

"Zion is a resilient team," added Mohapp."They put a couple of drives together and they have made some progress so far this season."

Warren running back Maxwell Sorby rushed for 137 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

"I had to get it done out there," Sorby said. (Zion-Benton) was playing tough. We didn't come out the way I thought we would, but sometimes you just have to get it done and play as hard as you can."

Quarterback Andrew Nickell completed 8 of 17 passes (1 interception) for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to tight end Caleb Reams.

"I thought it went well," Nickell said. "Any time you get a win it's always good. I thought we had a rocky start on offense, but we won."

"Andrew played a solid game," Mohapp said. "We wanted to establish our offensive line tonight, which we did, and Andrew came through for us."

Twice, Zion-Benton was knocking on the door to score.

But Brandon Murphy and Ravon Spruill each intercepted a pass in the first half, while Zhane Garcia picked off a Zee-Bees pass late in the third quarter.

Griffin Rosuck added a 39-yard field goal for Warren in the fourth quarter. He also converted all 4 of his PAT kicks.

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