WARRENTON - If things go according to plan, this could be the kind of football season that the Warren County High Screaming Devils have dreamed of for nearly four decades.
Since integration, football teams there at the school have had a similar dream of winning a state football championship.
Unfortunately, each of those teams failed, including last year's team that made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the Class A football state playoffs.
This year marks a new beginning with an old, old dream still much alive in the hearts of players, coaches and die-hard supporters of Warren County High School football.
Already, the Screaming Devils are off to a successful start - better, in fact, than last season.
Nearly two weeks ago, Warren County did something they haven't done on the gridiron since 1970 - more than three and a half decades ago. They beat the Washington-Wilkes Tigers 33-13 before a large crowd of spectators at Legion Field in Warrenton.
Even though the team was limited in celebrating their big victory, it won't soon be forgotten.
In fact, it could easily set the tempo for the entire season.
The Screaming Devils have something to prove this season. The team would love nothing better than to win every game - propelling them all the way to the top of their Class A game.
After an open date last Friday and an opportunity for a few players to heal from being banged up against Burke County in their scrimmage contest, as well as against Washington-Wilkes in their season opener, the Screaming Devils get back to business this Friday night. The team will travel to Swainsboro to take on another set of Tigers.
Swainsboro is another team that is young and somewhat lacking experience. Nevertheless, they'll be a team to be reckoned with because of the school's rich football history.
Warren County senior quarterback Tommy Seals led the way in rushing against Washington-Wilkes, carrying eight times for 107 yards. He also completed three passes for 74 yards. Defensively, he also intercepted a pass.
You can bet Seals will be ready again Friday night to do his thing.
And so will a number of other Screaming Devils.
One of them will be junior halfback Kentrell Latimore, who rushed 12 times for 80 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the game against Washington-Wilkes. Other rushers for Warren County in that game included: freshman Cory Reynolds with five carries for 61 yards; senior halfback Davarrus Reynolds with five carries for 41 yards; and senior fullback Van Williams with eight carries for 38 yards.
Davarrus Reynolds also caught a couple of passes from Seals that accounted for 43 yards, while one of Seals' favorite receivers, senior wide receiver Travis Burley caught one pass for 31 yards.
Defensively, the Screaming Devils had several standouts. They included: Jonathan Lewis, Devon Walls, Darius Jenkins, Sean Heath, Tay Erwin, Reginald Johnson, Van Williams, Cedric Bacon, C.J. Williams and Tommy Seals.
When the Tigers of Swainsboro clash with the Screaming Devils' defensive unit, they'd better be prepared for some hard-hitting action, because Warren County will come straight at them.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Swainsboro on Friday night.