DECATUR -- It was a game of firsts Friday night as Warrensburg-Latham visited LSA for the first ever meeting between the two Macon County schools.
The Cardinals' defense smothered LSA and Warrensburg-Latham's running back Davis Brumbaugh ran for three touchdowns as they won 40-12.
The game also saw the first punt block and first punt return for a touchdown allowed by the Lions in their school history, two things LSA coach Craig Bundy is very concerned about.
"We take out special teams very seriously and we have to clean that up and that is something to me that is extremely important," he said.
Warrensburg's grinding running game kept its offense on the field for nearly the entire third quarter.
"I've never coached in a football game where you didn't get one single play in the third quarter. It was just a slow death. It would be four yards, three yards and the time of possession was ungodly the other way around," Bundy said.
The Cardinals' run game was led by Brumbaugh who ran for 128 yards on 19 carries in addition to his three scores.
"My line was blocking everything, I was having these huge holes," Brumbaugh said. "You can put a monkey in the backfield and they could have scored touchdowns. I only had to make a few cuts and then I would have an open field. All I had to do is hold onto the ball and carry a few guys."
Cardinals' wide receiver Mitchell Leathers excelled each time he got the ball, frequently picking up eight and nine-yard chunks. He also ran for the historic 47-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
"(Mitchell) is dynamic and that's why we tried him at quarterback," Warrensburg coach Aaron Fricke said. "He can do everything so we just have to keep finding different ways to get him the ball."
Warrensburg quarterback Nate Hayes had trouble connecting on his passes, completing on 6 of 17 throws, but he again found success in the running game with 144 yards.
"We've got a lot to fix in the passing game and after last week Nate was wanting to pull the ball down and scramble after his big game but we knew all along that Davis was going to be solid in the backfield and he's a grinder. He made some nice plays tonight and running guys over," Fricke said.
Brumbaugh saw improvements between Week 2 and Week 1.
"We did better (tonight) than last week. Last week we were struggling, it was the first game but this week we stepped up and we clicked a lot and moved the ball down the field in long sustained drives and scored them," he said.
LSA battled throughout and got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a Michael Fiala 15-yard touchdown run followed by a Fiala to Brandon Kretzinger 9-yard TD pass.
"I'm not displeased (with tonight's game),"Bundy said. "The only thing that would displease me would be a lack of effort and they kept fighting and playing hard the entire game. We were just beaten by a better team and that happens. They were bigger, faster, stronger and played better than we did."