WARRENTON - The Screaming Devils of Warren County High School are now off and running in their quest to win the Class 7-A Region Football Championship with their first region win against Twiggs County's Cobras last Friday night at Legion Field. The final score was 33-14.
The Screaming Devils are now in control of their own destiny as far as region play goes, according to Head Coach Lee Hutto.
"We played a much better game against Twiggs County than we did last week," Coach Hutto said. "Our offensive and defensive teams did a good job, I thought, and so did our special teams."
The Screaming Devils, now 3-1 overall and 1-0 in sub-region play, travel to Milledgeville this Friday night to tangle with the GMC Bulldogs in another region showdown. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
It didn't take Warren County long to establish themselves as the far superior offensive team. One of the main reasons, once again, was the keen play of senior quarterback Tommy Seals.
He scored four touchdowns, giving him a total of nine in the last two games and a total of 11 on the season. Seals, who was named Player of The Week by The Augusta Chronicle for his play against Jefferson two weeks ago, was pleased with his performance against Twiggs County.
"I thought I played another pretty solid game - both offensively and defensively," Seals said after the game. "I want to thank all the guys who helped us on the offensively line. They really came through for us."
Against the Cobras, Seals rushed for 84 yards and completed one pass for 33 yards. He also threw two interceptions and scored on runs of 9, 1, 17 and 3 yards.
"Tommy is really playing well for us," Coach Hutto said. "He's also a real team leader and is learning the offense better and better."
Davarrus Reynolds is another senior, who played well in the Twiggs game.
Reynolds rushed for 78 yards and scored on 6-yard run. It was his most productive game of the season.
In addition to the offensive play of the Screaming Devils, the team also sparkled on the defensive side. Getting the job done in that department was a number of players. They included: Reginald Johnson, Kyree Liggins, Cedric Bacon, Travis Burley, Johnathan Lewis, Quay Lester, Kentrell Latimore, Dondracus Dozier, Tommy Seals, C.J. Williams, Devon Walls, Deion Flournoy, Van Williams, Victor Cody, Eddie Scott, Antiono Benton, Darius Jenkins and Marquez Burley.
Walls and Lewis teamed up on a number of outstanding tackles during the game, as well as several sacks on the Twiggs quarterback.
With 8:41 to play in the first quarter, Warren County got on the scoreboard on a 9 yard run by Seals. He dazzled his way into the end zone, making cuts across the grain and darting a number of would-be tacklers on his way to pay dirt.
Lewis later recovered a fumbled for the Screaming Devils at the Cobras' 39 and suddenly they had the ball right back within striking distance. Seals, however, later threw an interception thus ending that threat.
Leading 6-0 going into the second quarter, Seals scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 6:30 to play in the first half. He also ran for the two-point conversion to boost Warren County's lead to 14-0.
Latimore later recovered another Twiggs fumble, which led to another touchdown for Warren County. The ball was recovered on the Cobras' 19. Davarrus Reynolds first ran for a 17 yard gain before Seals cashed in from two yards out. C.J. Williams kicked the extra point, giving the Screaming Devils a 21-0 lead.
From that point on, Warren County never allowed Twiggs an opportunity to get back into the game, even though the visitors managed to score twice in the game.
Warren County 33, Twiggs County 14
Star of the game: Running back Davarrus Reynolds carried the ball 15 times for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Play of the game: Defensively, the Screaming Devils, behind the outstanding play of Devon Walls, who made three solo tackles, recorded two sacks and recovered a fumble.
Up next: Warren County, now 3-1 and 1-0 in Region 7-A, travels to Milledgeville this Friday night to play GMC. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.