The "good luck of the Irish" on Friday the 13th never materialized for the Aquinas Fighting Irish last week, as the Warren County Screaming Devils roared into Augusta and claimed a 36-8 region win. The Devils now own a 3-3 overall mark and a 2-1 region record.
"We played our best game of the season last Friday against Aquinas," said first-year WCHS Head Coach Lee Hutto. "Offensively, we were able to run the ball, which opened up some things in the passing game. Defensively, we played very well, and we also cut back on our turnovers and penalties."
"It feels good to finally play a good, complete game in all three phases."
The Devils amassed 268 yards rushing against Aquinas, with Quadrez Reese gaining 113 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Tommy Seals rushed for 66 yards on seven carries and scored three touchdowns.
Other rushers were Quamaine Walker with 36 yards on three carries, Kentrell Latimore with 23 yards on two carries, Devarrus Reynolds with 18 yards on five carries and Maquell Williams with 12 yards on four carries.
Seals completed four of seven passes for 76 yards. He used three receivers to get this accomplished. Travis Burley caught two passes for 47 yards; Reynolds caught one pass for 24 yards, and Reese grabbed one pass for five yards.
Warren County's defense held Aquinas to only 57 yards rushing and 47 yards passing. The Fighting Irish only earned six first downs on the stingy Devil defense.
The Devils scored five unanswered touchdowns before Aquinas found the end zone late in the fourth quarter.
Seals scored the first of his three touchdowns for Warren County at the 4:30 mark of the first quarter on a 15 yard run. Ivory Story's extra point kick made the score 7-0. The touchdown was setup by a fumble recovery from Quay Lester on the Aquinas 35 yard line.
Reese increased the Devils' lead with 11:10 left to play in the second quarter on a 39-yard scamper for a touchdown. This scoring run, followed by a two point conversion from Reese, made the score 15-0.
With only 1:30 remaining in the first half, Seals rocketed down the field on a 45-yard touchdown run to give Warren County a 21-0 lead. His two-point conversion run made the score 23-0 at halftime.
Warren County scored twice in the third quarter in a span of less than 30 seconds. The first second half score came at the 6:07 mark of the third quarter on a 9 yard touchdown run by Reese. The extra point kick was blocked, making the score 29-0.
Just 22 seconds later on the ensuing drive for Aquinas, Reynolds intercepted an Irish pass and returned it 37 yards for a defensive touchdown. Story's extra point kick made the score 36-0 with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Aquinas finally got on the scoreboard at the 8:05 mark of the fourth quarter on a four-yard pass from Michael Cardwell to Sean Grady. The two point conversion made the final score 36-8.
The Devils will travel to Jasper County this Friday night to take on Monticello High School in a big region contest. Monticello currently owns a 1-5 overall mark and a 0-3 region record.
"Monticello has a very athletic quarterback in Markese Thurman," Coach Hutto said. "They run the option-style offense and a 4-3 defense."
Warren County 36, Aquinas 8
Star of the Game: Quadrez Reese rushed for 113 yards and scored one touchdown. He averaged 8.7 yards per carry with his longest run from scrimmage being a 39 yard gain.
Play of the Game: Devarrus Reynolds intercepted an Aquinas pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Up next: The Devils will travel to Jasper County this Friday night to take on Monticello High in a key region matchup. Monticello has a 1-5 overall record and a 0-3 region mark.