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Seals' running/throwing abilities will be 'big' asset for Screaming Devils

WARRENTON - What can't Tommy Seals do on the gridiron?

He can run. And he can throw the football.

And to top it off, he's intelligent - not just in his engineering role as quarterback, but in the classroom, too. He's an A-B student.

Those are the key ingredients that it takes to become a well-rounded quarterback.

Seals also is a versatile quarterback, who plays defense and is the team's punter, too.

Now that the 17-year-old Seals is preparing for his senior season, he's hoping for big things at Warren County High School.

Already before he's even played in a single game this season, he's received two big honors. One includes being named to the pre-season Class A All-State team as a quarterback and a punter. The other honor is being named to The Dream 16 Team by The Augusta Chronicle.

Seals, his teammates and fans of the football program at Warren County High School anxiously await the start of the season.

During his junior year, Seals helped the Screaming Devils get into the third-round of the Class A state football playoffs against Clinch County. Even though the Bulldogs upended the Screaming Devils in that game, it nevertheless, gave the Warren County football team press coverage like they had not seen since before the days of integration. Back in the 70s, the Blue Devils, as they were referred, had several perennial power-house teams and won lots of big games.

The Screaming Devils finished 8-5 last season.

This season, Seals is hoping to help his team back into the state playoffs.

"That's what I've been working towards since the playoff game against Clinch County last season," said Seals during a recent interview. "I want to do whatever it takes to win as many games as we can win."

His ultimate goal is to win a state football championship.

"I'd love for us to win a state title," said Seals. "That's what we're shooting for this season. I'm a senior now, and I'd love to graduate knowing I helped the football team to a state championship. There's no doubt we can win it. But like (Warren County Head Coach Lee Hutto) says, 'We've got to do the little things right."'

Last season Seals led the team in rushing with 1,161 yards and passed for another 505 yards. He completed 26 of 64 passes and was intercepted six times. Two of his passes went for scores. In addition, he also intercepted a pair of passes while playing on the defensive side of the ball.

Seals, the son of Tommy and Vicky Seals of Warrenton, also served as the team's punter last season, like he will be again this season. Last year, he averaged 35-yards per punt.

"Tommy Seals is one of our standout football players - there's no question about it," said Coach Hutto. "He's one of our team captains and we're expecting him to have another outstanding season."

Seals can do a lot of things - especially if he has his hands on the pigskin.

He's stronger and quicker than last year.

If opponents thought of him as being real mobile last season, just imagine what they'll be thinking when this season rolls around.

"He's a lot stronger than he was last season," said Coach Hutto. "And he's going to be harder to bring down as a result. He's also quicker this season, and we're hoping that is going to work to our advantage, as a team, too."

Seals feels that because he has gained more strength from workouts in the weight room and gotten quicker, it will be more difficult for opponents to tackle him.

"I'm going to be as elusive as I can be this season," said Seals, who has received a number of letters from such colleges as Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University and a host of others. Seals said he's looking forward to christening a new home for the Screaming Devils this season.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to play there," he said. "I hope I score the first touchdown. The whole team is excited about our new football field."

Web posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007

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