The Warren County Screaming Devils, behind the big foot of kicker Ivory Story, defeated the Jefferson Dragons 15-13 last Friday night to give the new coaching staff and the young players their first victory of the year.
Story booted a 31-yard field goal with only 15 seconds remaining in the game to give Warren County a slim two-point lead. After a very dramatic last drive from the Dragons, the Devils "literally hung on" to claim the victory and improve to 1-2 for the year.
"What a great kick by Ivory Story!" said a jubilant Lee Hutto, who recorded his first win as Warren County's head coach. "He is one of our captains, and he made a tremendous play for our football team."
In the rushing department, Devil quarterback Tommy Seals carried the ball 16 times for 125 yards and one touchdown. Maquell Williams rushed the pigskin 15 times for 67 yards. Quamaine Walker carried the ball five times for 31 yards, followed by Quadrez Reese with 30 yards on four carries. The team, as a whole, had 267 yards rushing on 48 attempts.
Seals was four of nine in passing with 36 yards and one interception.
Turnovers nearly spelled doom for the Screaming Devils against Jefferson, as the team recorded five fumbles, losing three of them. The Dragons lost two fumbles on their side of the ball.
The first quarter was a defensive struggle for both teams. Warren County received the ball to open the game, and the Screaming Devils fumbled on their first play from scrimmage.
The Dragons drove the ball all the way down to the Warren County 3 yard line, and on a key fourth and goal play, the Devils' defense held the Dragons and took over possession.
In the second quarter on a third down and long yardage situation, Warren County's quarterback Tommy Seals threw an interception and the Jefferson defender returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. The Dragons missed the extra point, making the score 6-0.
On the ensuing drive for Warren County, the Devils drove the ball down the Dragons' throat and had a first and goal on the Jefferson 3 yard line. However, Seals fumbled on the next play and the Dragons recovered the ball deep in their own territory.
On second down for Jefferson, Warren County's senior linebacker Quamaine Walker forced a fumble which was recovered by defensive end Devon Walls in the endzone for the tying touchdown. The attempt for two points failed, thus the score became 6-6.
Late in the first half, Jefferson tailback Zack Cosby broke a long 50 yard touchdown run to break the deadlock and give the Dragons a 12-6 lead. The PAT made the halftime score 13-6.
The third quarter saw another great defensive struggle for both teams, as the score remained 13-6 going into the fourth quarter.
In the final period of play, the Devil offense finally caught on fire. Early in the fourth quarter, the Devils had a big drive going which stalled due to a fumble by Maquell Williams inside the Dragon's 25 yard line.
However, on their first play following the Warren County fumble, the Dragons fumbled the ball, and it was recovered by Story in good field position. On this drive, Devil quarterback Seals kept the ball and scored on a six yard run. The PAT was blocked, making the score 13-12.
On the ensuing Dragon drive, the Devil defense again held strong, stopping Jefferson on a fourth down and one situation and forcing a punt. The Devils got the ball on their own 22 yard line with 4:30 left in the game.
Behind the running of Maquell Williams, Van Williams and Seals, the Devils marched down the field into scoring position. With only 15 seconds remaining in the contest, the Devils decided to attempt a 31 yard field goal that would put them ahead. On the kick, Seals placed the snap in perfect position, and Story connected on a beautiful kick that split the uprights to give Warren County a 15-13 lead.
Following the Warren County kickoff, Jefferson had at the maximum only two plays to try and win the game. On the first play from scrimmage, the Dragons completed a long pass in which their receiver broke free and raced toward the end zone. However, Devil junior defensive back Devarrus Reynolds made the game-saving tackle on the 3 yard line as time expired on the clock.
"This was a great win for our team," Coach Hutto said. "However, we made too many costly mistakes. We had 13 penalties and three turnovers. Our mistakes put us in bad situations which were sometimes hard to overcome."
The Devils will travel to Jeffersonville this Friday night to play Twiggs County in their first region game. Twiggs County currently supports a 1-3 overall record.
Warren County 15, Jefferson 13
Player of the Game: Screaming Devil senior kicker Ivory Story booted a 31-yard field with only 15 seconds remaining in the game to give Warren County a 15-13 win.
Play of the Game: Screaming Devil defensive back Devarrus Reynolds tackled a Jefferson receiver on the Warren County 3 yard line as time expired in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Up next: The Screaming Devils will travel to Jeffersonville and play Twiggs County (1-3) this Friday night.