Entering the second half, Desert Mountain trailed Notre Dame Prep 15-14. Then Desert Mountain running back Deion Warren took over. Warren had three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, as the Wolves put up 25 unanswered to beat the Saints 39-15.
With former Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen and wide receiver Mark Andrews now playing in big-time Division-I college football programs, Warren has stepped up early in the season as a go-to option for Tony Tabor’s offense. Warren had 133 rushing yards in Desert Mountain’s Week 1 loss to Brophy. In Week 2, Warren found the end zone four times in total.
“I just think I’m a part of the team and I just help the team out in as many ways as I can,” Warren said.
Not only did he play running back, but he also played outside linebacker. Warren and the rest of the Desert Mountain defense were all over the field, intercepting Notre Dame five times.
“I think Deion is as good of a defensive player as he is offense. He’s going to be hard to block on an edge and that’s why we have him (there),” Desert Mountain Head Football Coach Tony Tabor said.
Tabor also said that wide receiver Cody Carpenter has emerged as a reliable target. Sophomores Austin Nuessle and Kade Warner are other options for Tabor on the talented, but young offense.
“You’ve got to have those go-to guys. We feel like we have a go-to guy in the run game and now we’re starting to have a go-to guy in the pass game, one complements the other,” Tabor said.