Tuscola earns bragging rights with win over rival Arcola

Tuscola earns bragging rights with win over rival Arcola

TUSCOLA — Andy Romine thinks his Tuscola football program "can be pretty good defensively" with a bit more tinkering.

That's a terrifying prospect for the Warriors' remaining opponents.

Tuscola held Arcola to 125 yards — including a mere 40 in the first half — while the Warriors offense converted some lengthy scoring plays to give the old gold and black a 34-0 victory over the purple and white in Friday's long-awaited resumption of the Cola Wars.

"We just prepared really well as a team," said Tuscola senior Gage Russell, who returned a third-quarter fumble 55 yards for a touchdown. "There's definitely still room for improvement."

Junior Matthew Cantu (49-yard run), senior Luke Sluder (29-yard rush) and junior Brandon Douglas (38-yard reception from Sluder) all scored for the Warriors (2-0), who have shut out their first two foes.

"If our defense does that every game," Sluder said, "they'll give us a great opportunity to win a lot of games."

Tuscola senior Brayden VonLanken compiled two sacks against the Purple Riders (1-1), who netted 84 rushing yards from junior Austin Hopkins.