WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mistakes have hampered the young, inexperienced Screaming Devils of Warren County High School all season. And last Friday night's game against the Washington-Wilkes Tigers was no exception.
Such mistakes included fumbles and penalties at crucial times. As a result, the Tigers took advantage as they went on to post a 41-14 Region 7-A victory over the Screaming Devils, who are playoff-bound, nevertheless.
After getting down 7-0 in the first quarter to the Tigers, Warren County returned the favor early in the second, as junior quarterback Tay Erwin found an open hole in the middle of the Tigers' defensive line that led to a 65-yard touchdown run. Antonio Benton's extra point made it a 7-7 game.
But that was as close as the game would ever be, as the Tigers began immediately to pull away behind the fine running ability of sophomore Eric Scott, who followed Erwin's long run with a 49-yard burst - his second score of the game. It came with 11:09 left in the second quarter. John Gowen's extra point boosted the Tigers' lead to 14-7 and Washington-Wilkes never had to look back.
This Friday night, the Screaming Devils will host the Lincoln County Red Devils at Albert J. Massey Field in Warrenton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the regular season finale for both teams. The Red Devils are undefeated after shutting out Wilkinson County 20-0 last Friday night.
After the Tigers went up 14-7, they found themselves in the possession of the football again following a fumble by Warren County's sophomore running back Coby Reynolds. It took the Tigers just two plays to get back into the end zone - again Scott getting the honor on a 5-yard run. Gowan's extra point increased the lead to 21-7.
The Tigers later forced the Screaming Devils to punt the ball for the fourth time before they went on to strike pay dirt again.
Washington-Wilkes sophomore quarterback Teverrius Jones later threw a long pass to Deandre Srewart which set up another touchdown run of 5-yard touchdown by Scott - his fourth of the game. It came with 58 seconds left in first half action. At halftime, the Tigers held a three touchdown lead, 28-7.
The Tigers erupted for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter which blew the game wide-open. Going into the fourth quarter, the Tigers held a commanding 41-7 lead.
Warren County managed to score their last touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run by Erwin with 11 seconds remaining in the lopsided contest. The touchdown was set up on a 40-yard pass play from Erwin to Benton.
Defensively, the Screaming Devils were led in tackles by Jonathan Lewis. Other players turning in a fine game included Cornelius Pinkston, Cedric Bacon, Frank Ivey, Damian Joyhnson, Steve Burley and Kentrell Latimore.