BUCYRUS - The scary thing is Mohawk is only halfway through its gauntlet of an opening schedule: Pleasant, Wynford, Upper Sandusky and Carey.
The good thing for Mohawk is the team started show some signs of life in the second half of a 34-13 loss to Wynford.
"I thought we grew as the game went on. We knew coming (into the season) that Pleasant was going to be a bear. Part of that was we wanted to raise the standard of what we do play-wise," Mohawk coach Erik Baker said. "In the first half, Wynford is very good and we struggled on some things. But we grew and in the second half, we really rallied and what we were trying to talk to them (about) finally clicked. We had two touchdowns on offense. We sustained our drives. We made them earn it. We played a lot of young guys so I feel good going forward."
Unfortunately for the Warriors, the resuscitation of the offense didn't come about until the fourth quarter with the Warriors down 34-0.
"I feel like we turned a corner in the second half and that actually looked like football," Baker said. "We have no choice (but) to get better every week."
Wynford (1-1) bounced back from a tough loss to Liberty-Benton last week, particularly quarterback Brock Williamson, who was 16 of 26 passing for 234 yards and three touchdowns to go along with another score on the ground, part of a 39-yard rushing night.
|Wynford 34, Mohawk 13|
|Mohawk||0||0||0||13 — 13|
|Wynford||19||8||7||0 — 34|
|W — Corey Brown 1 run (T.J. Mohr kick), 6:59.|
|W — Brock Williamson 10 run (kick failed), 2:54.|
|W — Braxton Tea 19 pass from Williamson (kick failed), 2:43.|
|W — Hunter Miller 40 pass from Williamson (Williamson run), 6:54.|
|W — Tony Watson 21 pass from Williamson (Mohr kick), 8:28.|
|M — Gunnar Johnson 2 run (Grant Gucker kick), 9:37.|
|M — Johnson 17 pass from Gucker (kick failed), 16.7.|
|RUSHING: Mohawk — Johnson 16-59; Eric Maskey 10-46; Gucker 10-(minus 24); Kevin Lonsway 2-6; Logan Stillberger 0-0. Wynford — Brown 14-84; Williamson 8-39; Cole Fortner 8-24; Nick Looker 7-19; Hayden Rhoades 3-22; Drew Voll 2-(minus 8); Jalon Brown 1-2.|
|PASSING: Mohawk — Gucker 6-14-0-127. Wynford — Williamson 16-26-0-234.|
|RECEIVING: Mohawk — Mitch Parker 4-97; Johnson 2-30. Wynford — Miller 5-85; Tea 3-38; Gage Roe 3-16; Mason Davis 1-27; Josh Gregory 1-24; Watson 1-21; Keaton Teynor 1-14; Rhoades 1-7; Corey Brown 1-2.|
"I think there was a lot of pressure on Brock (last week). I think he puts a lot of pressure on himself as a quarterback," Wynford coach Gabe Helbert said. "We really stressed this week going out and being consistent, all the way around including Brock. I thought he made great throws. Realistically, if we don't drop the ball, he's probably in the 23 of 26 range or something like that."
Williamson spread the ball around too, connecting with nine receivers. Corey Brown decked Mohawk for 84 yards on the ground with a TD as well.
"To be able to do that and complete the balls that he did, I thought he made really nice decisions on where to throw so we're real happy with his performance tonight.
Fumbles proved to be a bug-a-boo for the Warriors (0-2) as they lost two of the four first-half miscues.
The first one was on a kickoff return in the first quarter, which allowed Wynford to push the score from 13-0 to 19-0 in the matter of 11 seconds.
"I wish I had some magic solution for that," Baker said. "Hopefully you learn from it."
Wynford's defense was as stout as its offense was prolific. The Royals held Mohawk to just 67 yards in the first half.
"I thought we came out with nice tempo. I thought we played good from the first half offensively and defensively, especially in the first quarter," Helbert said. "We kind of set the tone, which was nice to see from last week to this week. Our kids came out hungry and we were fortunate to get the win."
Grant Gucker led the aerial attack for the Warriors with a 6 of 14 passing effort for 127 yards. Gunnar Johnson scored both TDs for Mohawk in the fourth: a 2-yard run and a 17-yard reception from Gucker.