WARRENTON - The summer is winding down and it's almost time for prep football season again here at Warren County High School.
And for the players and coaching staff, they couldn't be happier.
Since the third-round of the Class A football playoffs last season, the Screaming Devils have been waiting for the opportunity to play on the gridiron again and to become stronger and more conditioned for what lies ahead this season.
The Screaming Devils played Clinch County in last season's third-round of the playoffs and ended their season - short of where they wanted to make it - The Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
This is another season, though, and the Screaming Devils are once again thinking of a promising season - one that just might land them back into the playoff picture again.
"We're all very excited about the start of another season," said second year Head Coach Lee Hutto. "We've got a lot to look forward to in terms of a new football stadium and a community ready to support us another season."
The team has been working "real hard," according to Coach Hutto. And they've improved "tremendously" in terms of strength and conditioning, he added.
"Our players seem to know what's expected of them this season and that's a great way to begin the season - everybody knowing what's expected of them," Coach Hutto said in a recent interview. "Our kids have really been working hard in the weight room to get stronger and stronger. That's what we've got to have from them and they know it."
Each one of the players was required to do 30 workouts in the weight room this summer, he explained.
"Just about everyone has accomplished this, which is saying a lot, I think," Coach Hutto said.
The Screaming Devils will get the opportunity to see how they match up from a strength standpoint when they play the Burke County High School Bears in a scrimmage game on Aug. 23 in Waynesboro.
"It'll be a good test for us," Coach Hutto said. "They're always a physical team, so I'm sure we can expect a good scrimmage from them."
The Bears are a Class AAA team, just like the Thomson High School Bulldogs - a team the Screaming Devils were pitted against last Wednesday at the practice field in Thomson. It wasn't a game or even a scrimmage. Instead, it was a friendly passing drill between the two teams.
During the earlier portion of this summer, the Screaming Devils have been involved in a number of air-passing shows against several Class AAA teams, as well as Class AAAA and even a couple of Class AAAAA teams. Some of the schools that the Warren County High School football team has competed against include: Jefferson County, Lucy Laney, Burke County, Richmond Academy, Hephzibah, Lakeside, Evans and Kendrick of Columbus.
And to top it off, the Screaming Devils have done exceptionally well, winning several of those air competitions.
"We've done quite well in the air shows that we've played in this summer," Coach Hutto said.
Tommy Seals is returning as the team's quarterback for his senior season.
"We're expecting a lot of good things from Tommy this season and a number of other players, too," Coach Hutto said.
Some of those players include: Don Dracus Dozier, Tay Erwin, Travis Burley, Quay Lester, Jonathan Lewis and Devarrus Reynolds.