Coach Lee Hutto's Warren County Screaming Devils dropped their second game of the year last Friday night, September 15, as the Swainsboro Tigers roared into Warrenton's Legion Field and posted a 21-14 non-region win.
"We are still making too many mental mistakes on the offensive side of the ball and missing too many tackles on the defensive side," Coach Hutto said. "However, the effort of our football team is tremendous, and our young men played extremely hard against an excellent Swainsboro squad."
The loss makes the Devils' overall record 0-2, as they prepare for a big showdown this week on the road against the Jefferson Dragons of Region 8-A.
"In our game with Swainsboro, our football team made a lot of improvement from our first game," Coach Hutto said. "However, we still have a lot of work to do, so we can improve even more going into our game against Jefferson."
Friday night's game started as a defensive battle, with both teams going scoreless in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Swainsboro struck first at the 6:10 mark, as Neal David scored on a six-yard run. The extra point made the score 7-0.
"The second quarter started like the first for both teams with a number of punts," Coach Hutto said. "The Tigers' first touchdown was setup on a long 25-yard pass play midway through the period."
After controlling a 7-0 lead at halftime, the Tigers scored twice in the final eight minutes of the third quarter to go ahead over the Devils by a 21-0 margin.
The first second half score for Swainsboro came with 7:27 remaining in the period on a 69-yard touchdown run by Malcolm Eady. The PAT was good. Then at the 3:57 mark, Kawaskie Coleman scored from the 3 yard line. The extra point was perfect, making the score 21-0.
Warren County finally put points on its side of the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Tommy Seals scampered 15 yards for the team's first touchdown. Ivory Story's extra point kick made the score 21-7 with 11:34 remaining in the game.
With 7:43 left to play, the Screaming Devils closed the gap on Swainsboro with a 28-yard touchdown run by Quadrez Reese. Story's PAT made the score 21-14.
Warren County would get a few chances to tie, but a fumble ended one drive, and a failed fourth down conversion attempt ended another.
The Devils were led on offense by Maquez "Van" Williams with 21 carries for 53 yards. He was followed by Reese with 38 yards on five attempts and one score and Seals with 35 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown. As a team, the Devils rushed for 137 yards, compared to 162 for Swainsboro.
Williams also led the defense with 10 big tackles. He was followed by Foster Moss with eight, and Reese with six.
"Foster Moss, Kentrell Latimore, Quadrez Reese and Travis Burley also recorded a lot of tackles for us in another great performance," Coach Hutto said.
Warren County's next opponent will be the Jefferson Dragons, who support a 1-0-1 record.