WARRENTON - It's going to be one of those old-fashioned, hard-hitting type football games when the Washington-Wilkes Tigers stroll into Legion Field in Warrenton on Friday night to do battle with the Warren County High School Screaming Devils.
"I see this game being a real physical one," said Warren County Head Coach Lee Hutto. "I think the deciding factor will be which team makes the least turnovers."
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
While the Screaming Devils are bigger, stronger and quicker than they were last year, the Tigers on the other hand are just as big as they were last year, but not as fast, according to scouting reports.
"This is going to be one of those games where each team says, 'Let's see who has the best team,"' said Coach Hutto, who is entering his second season at Warren County.
Last year, the Screaming Devils were upended by the Tigers 35-16 in Washington.
Friday night, however, marks a new season and this time, the Screaming Devils are awaiting their turn to ambush the Tigers. Washington-Wilkes has won every game played against Warren County since 1970.
"It's our time to come out and beat that team from Washington-Wilkes," added Coach Hutto.
Asked on Monday whether he had a prediction about Friday night's game, Warren County senior quarterback Tommy Seals replied, "We're going to win."
Seals and his teammates traveled to Waynesboro last Thursday night to play the Burke County Bears of Head Coach Eric Parker in a scrimmage game. The Screaming Devils ended up losing the game, 14-13 after missing an extra point in the third quarter, which could have tied the game.
Despite the loss, Coach Hutto expressed pleasure with the way his team played against the Bears, a Class AAA team.
"I thought our effort was real good," said Coach Hutto. "We made some mistakes, but we played hard and we're going to get better."
Seals performed well, he pointed out. He scored both touchdowns in the game - the first one on a 20-yard run and the second on a 90-yard burst.
Unfortunately, the Screaming Devils lost two of their starting players for the Washington-Wilkes game. Quay Lester, a senior, dislocated an elbow, while Antonio Benton, a junior, fractured a bone in one of his hands. Both will miss the Washington-Wilkes game, but are expected to play in next week's game against the Swainsboro Tigers.
Later this season, the Screaming Devils will christen a new stadium, located behind the high school.