Coach Lee Hutto's Warren County Screaming Devils accomplished two goals last Friday night that were set back in the summer as pre-season practice drills started.
To have a successful season and to secure a spot in the State Class A Playoffs were both finalized last week as the Devils destroyed Wilkinson County 35-13 on the road in Irwinton. The win increases Warren County's overall record to 5-4 and its region mark to 4-2.
"This was a great game and win for our program here at Warren County," said first-year Head Coach Lee Hutto. "This win puts us in the state playoffs for the second consecutive season which means a lot for our players."
The Screaming Devil offense amassed 292 yards rushing and 76 yards passing for a total offense of 368 yards. Wilkinson County rushed for 72 yards on the ground and 122 in the air for a total offensive output of 194 yards.
"We are really pleased with the play of our offensive line that enabled two of our backs to rush over 100 yards in the game," Coach Hutto said. "This achievement cannot happen unless the offensive line is playing well and is in sync."
On the ground, Tommy Seals rushed for 142 yards on 10 carries and scored four touchdowns, while teammate Quadrez Reese gained 113 yards on 20 carries. Seals' longest run from scrimmage was a 77-yard scamper for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Coach Hutto also credited his defense.
"The defense held Wilkinson scoreless for the first half and only allowed one score in each of the third and fourth quarters," Coach Hutto said.
Warren County scored twice in the first quarter to quickly pull ahead of Wilkinson County. The first score came on a 21-yard run from Seals with 7:30 remaining in the opening period. A pass from Seals to Quamaine Walker for the two point conversion made the score 8-0.
Seals scored again just minutes later on a 77-yard touchdown run at the 4:21 mark of the first quarter. The pass for two points failed, thus the score became 14-0.
Junior quarterback Seals struck again with 8:29 left to play in the second quarter on a 12 yard run for six points. Ivory Story's extra point made the score 21-0 at halftime.
Wilkinson County started a little momentum in the early going of the second half as they mounted their first scoring drive of the game. At the 9:19 mark of the third quarter, quarterback Hershell Hurst threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Trenekious Todd. Alphonso Ross's PAT made the score 21-7.
Warren County retaliated on its next drive, as Seals threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Travis Burley with 7:39 left to play in the third quarter. Story's extra point kick failed, thus the score became 27-7.
At the 8:01 mark of the fourth quarter, the Screaming Devils scored their final touchdown of the game on a 6-yard run from Seals. The two point conversion run by Seals made the score 35-7.
Wilkinson County's final score came with just 2:24 left to play in the game, when Armando Ford recovered a Devil fumble on the 5 yard line and scampered into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, leaving the final score at 35-13.
The Screaming Devils will play host to the Hancock Central Bulldogs this Friday night at Legion Field. This week's game will also serve as Senior night, as the senior football players, cheerleaders and band members will be honored for their accomplishments.
"Our game this week with Hancock Central will mean a lot to our program," Coach Hutto said. "There is a big rivalry between the two schools, and the winner of this contest will finish in second place in the region and will have the opportunity to host a state playoff football game. The last state playoff game that was played in Warrenton was 38 years ago in 1968."
Warren County 35, Wilkinson County 13
Star of the Game: Junior quarterback Tommy Seals rushed for 142 yards on 10 carries and scored four touchdowns.
Play of the Game: Seals threw a 76 yard touchdown pass to Travis Burley at the 7:39 mark of the third quarter to increase Warren County's lead to 27-7.
Up next: The Screaming Devils will play host to the Hancock Central Bulldogs at Legion Field. The winner of this game will finish in second place in the region and will play host to a state playoff game.