The consistency of the Cobras of Twiggs County helped defeat the Warren County Screaming Devils in a key region game last week.
The Cobras scored a touchdown in each quarter during the 28-15 win. The loss drops the Devils' record to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the region.
"Too many costly turnovers and too many dropped passes in key situations was our downfall in this game," said Warren County Head Coach Lee Hutto. "We lost three fumbles in this game that killed several opportunities for us."
Tommy Seals was the leading ground-gainer for Warren County with 90 yards on 15 carries. He was followed by Quadrez Reese with 41 yards on eight carries, Devarrus Reynolds with 21 yards on four carries and Maquell Williams with 21 yards on eight carries.
"On the positive side of things, our offensive line is steadily improving and getting better each week," Coach Hutto said. "The play of quarterback Tommy Seals is also improving. Quadrez Reese gave us a big boost on offense with his strong running."
The Cobras struck first blood in the game at the 6:31 mark of the first quarter when Raleigh Jackson caught a 30 yard touchdown pass from Sidney Bishop. The PAT was blocked, making the score 6-0.
The Devils took the lead very early in the second quarter when Williams scored on a two yard run with 11:52 remaining in the first half. Ivory Story's extra point made the score 7-6.
Bishop put more points on the board for Twiggs County with just 1:47 left to play in the first half on a short 1 yard run. Mardamian Height converted on the extra point to make the score 13-7.
At the 7:45 mark of the third quarter, Bishop again scored from the 1 yard line to increase the Cobra's lead to 19-7. The successful two point conversion made the score 21-7.
Warren County finally found the end zone again very late in the third quarter, when Reese scampered across the goal line on a 12 yard run to culminate a 70 yard scoring drive. Story's two point conversion run narrowed the score to 21-15 with only 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The final Twiggs County score came at the 7:29 mark of the fourth quarter when the duo of Jackson and Bishop again teamed up on a 30 yard touchdown pass. Height's kick made the final score 28-15. This score was setup as a result of a successful fake punt by Twiggs County at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Devils held the Cobras on downs, and on a fourth down and seven situation, Twiggs County faked the punt and gained a crucial first down in which they scored several minutes later.
The Devils, as a team, rushed for 174 yards, compared to 135 for Twiggs County. However, the Cobras outpassed the Devils 164-7, as they completed seven of nine passes.
"The turning point of the game was definitely the fake punt by Twiggs County," Coach Hutto said. "Instead of us having the ball in good position, they kept the ball and eventually scored."
The Devils will now host the Georgia Military Academy Bulldogs in their Homecoming Game this Friday night, Oct. 6. The Dogs, led by a strong running game, will operate out of the wishbone and Pro-I looks. They currently have a 2-3 overall record and a 0-2 region mark.
Warren County 15, Twiggs County 28
Star of the game: Quadrez Reese rushed eight times for 41 yards and scored one touchdown. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
Play of the Game: The fake punt by Twiggs County that kept a crucial drive going in the fourth quarter.
Up next: The Devils will play host to the Georgia Military Academy Bulldogs on Oct. 6 at Legion Field for their annual Homecoming Game.