WARSAW—The Bishop Hogan Rams wasted little time showcasing their high-flying offense in their Class 2 sectional football game against the Warsaw Wildcats on Wednesday night. Bishop Hogan scored on its first two offensive plays, built a 44-14 halftime lead, and cruised to a 50-27 win to open state play.
Sophomore quarterback Dawon Cummings hit Ray Bingley with a 69-yard scoring pass on Bishop Hogan’s first play, then connected with Marcus Denmin for the two-point conversion, and the Rams led 8-0 just 19 seconds into the game. After Warsaw’s first drive stalled and the Wildcats punted, the Rams struck again.
This time Maurice Sneed took a handoff and raced down the left side for a touchdown that covered 82 yards. Cummings passed to Charles Johnson for the conversion and Bishop Hogan (9-2) was in control, leading 16-0 with 8:37 remaining in the opening quarter.
Warsaw (8-3) was able to move the ball effectively on the ground on its third drive, overcoming two penalties to get the ball to the Bishop Hogan 22-yard line. Jordan Wright capped the drive with a 22-yard scoring run up the middle, cutting the lead to 16-6 after one quarter.
The Rams continued with their quick-strike offense as the second quarter began. Cummings hit on a pair of passes, one a 44-yarder to Cortez Morris, and the second a scoring strike to Denmin from 11 yards out that made it 24-6.
Warsaw got an interception from Chris Troxell, and the Wildcats wasted little time cutting into the lead again. Logan Smith lofted a pass down the middle to Marshall Woodruff for a 37-yard score, Wright added the conversion, and the Ram lead was cut to 24-14.
Bishop Hogan took less than a minute to answer that score, beginning a run of 20 straight points that would put the game away before halftime. Cummings made it 30-14 with a 64-yard bomb to Johnson.
After the Wildcats’ turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, the Rams wasted little time. Denmin caught another scoring pass from Cummings, this one from 20 yards out, and the Bishop Hogan lead grew to 36-14.
The final touchdown of the opening half for the Rams came on the half’s final play. Bishop Hogan drove 56 yards in 55 seconds, scoring on a 41-yard heave from Cummings to Morris and the Rams led 44-14 at the break.
Cummings finished the first half with 261 yards passing and five touchdowns for Bishop Hogan.
The Wildcat defense managed to force the Rams to turn the ball over on downs on their first drive of the third quarter, but a Warsaw fumble gave Bishop Hogan the ball back at the Warsaw 44. It took just one play for the Rams to cash in the opportunity when Johnson raced 44 yards on a reverse to increase the lead to 50-14.
With reserves entering the game for both teams, the Wildcats drove the ball down the field for a score as the third quarter neared its end. Scott Kirby went around the left side, scoring from 12 yards away to make it a 50-21 game.
The Wildcats found the end zone one more time in the fourth, on a 28-yard touchdown run by Ray Hoover to end the scoring. The Rams were able to move the ball on the ground and run out the clock.
The win moves Bishop Hogan into the quarterfinals where the Rams will host the Lawson Cardinals on Monday night. Lawson (11-0) is the top-ranked team in the state in Class 2.