It was a battle of devils in The Brickyard last Saturday night, as the Warren County Screaming Devils played the Bowdon Red Devils in the first round of the Class A State Football Playoffs. This was the first state playoff game hosted by Warren County since 1968.
Warren County, buoyed by a huge night from Quadrez Reese, defeated Bowdon 56-24 to advance to the second round this week against the Landmark Christian War Eagles in Fairburn, a suburb of Metro Atlanta. Game time is 7:30 p.m. this Friday night.
"This was a great win for our football program here at Warren County," said first-year head coach Lee Hutto. "This was an outstanding effort by our players and coaches in recording this big win for our team."
The game was held in the friendly confines of Thomson's Brickyard in order to meet seating requirements for the state playoffs.
"I would like to thank Dr. Mark Petersen and his staff for allowing us to play in The Brickyard," said Carole Jean Carey, Superintendent of Warren County Schools. "Everyone in the Thomson community has been so cordial and friendly to us, and we appreciate that."
The Screaming Devils amassed 407 yards of rushing offense and 116 yards in the air for a total offensive output of 523 yards. The Red Devils rushed for 173 yards on the ground and 137 in the air.
Reese had a spectacular game offensively, as he compiled 239 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. He was followed by Tommy Seals with 72 yards on six carries and two touchdowns, Kentrell Latimore with 35 yards on two carries and one touchdown, Quamaine Walker with 24 yards on five carries, Devarrus Reynolds with 18 yards on six carries, Maquell Williams with 15 yards on four carries and Ivory Story with four yards on two carries with one touchdown.
Seals had a splendid game in the passing department, as he went seven of eight for 116 yards and one score.
"This playoff win feels good and great," said Seals, moments after the final whistle blew to end the game. "We were looking for revenge against Bowdon, because they eliminated us from post-season play last year. Now, we will be getting ready to face a good Landmark Christian team."
The Red Devils, dressed in white jerseys, black pants and white helmets, put the first points on the board at the 6:14 mark of the opening quarter on a 70 yard run. Following the PAT, Bowdon led 7-0.
The Screaming Devils then scored 22 unanswered points on their next three drives to grab a commanding lead.
With 2:36 remaining in the first quarter, Warren County's Seals broke through the defensive line and scampered 54 yards for a touchdown on the sixth play of the team's second possession of the game. Ivory Story converted with a two-point conversion run to make the score 8-7.
Warren County scored again at the 9:16 mark of the second quarter, as Seals found the end zone from the 16 yard line. Story's kick made the score 15-7.
After recovering a fumble on a squib kickoff, the Screaming Devils immediately found the end zone again on a 34 yard touchdown pass from Seals to Travis Burley. The extra point kick from Story made the score 22-7.
With just 21 seconds remaining in the first half, Story culminated an 11-play scoring drive with a 1 yard touchdown run.
Warren County opened up the second half with four consecutive scores that increased its lead to 56-17. Reese scored on runs of 58 and 44 yards in the third quarter and on a 32 yard run in the fourth quarter. Latimore added a 31 yard touchdown run at the 5:12 mark of the fourth quarter to end Warren County's scoring.
Bowdon scored another touchdown with only 14 seconds left in the game to make the final score 56-24.
The Screaming Devils are now preparing to face the War Eagles of Landmark Christian in the next round. Landmark won the Region 5-A Championship and defeated Social Circle 56-49 in a shootout last week in the first round of the playoffs. The War Eagles have a 9-2 record.
"We have our hands full against Coach Hutto and his Screaming Devils," said Landmark Christian Head Coach Kenny Dallas. "Warren County is an outstanding football team, and they played extremely hard. This dedication is a reflection of the hard work that Coach Hutto and his staff have shown at the school."
Warren County 56, Bowdon 24
Star of the game: Warren County senior halfback Quadrez "Disco" Reese amassed 239 yards rushing on 26 carries for an average of 9.2 yards per carry. He also scored three touchdowns.
Play of the game: Warren County recovered a fumble on a squib, onside kick in the second quarter that led to the Screaming Devils' third touchdown of the game.
Up Next: The Screaming Devils will travel to Fairburn and play the Landmark Christian War Eagles in the second round of the state playoffs this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.