Warren County High School's new head coach Marleau Blount got a good look at what to expect from his young Screaming Devils as they scrimmaged with the Trojans of Johnson County at home Friday night.
The two teams met last year in the preseason at Johnson County. This year, the Trojans came into Warren County with a team filled with starters from last year's 9-2 season.
The Screaming Devils kicked off to start the game, and Johnson County quarterback D.J. Rozier came out throwing early and completing passes often to set up the Trojans' first score.
Taurus Mosley ran for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 8:54 left in the first quarter.
The Screaming Devils' first drive showed they are still a run-oriented team.
Coby Reynolds got the first four carries for 17 yards, but the Devils' drive was cut short with an incomplete pass from Rozier on fourth down, giving up the ball at the Trojans' 43-yard line.
The Trojans scored on their next possession to take a 14-0 lead.
The Devils scored on their third possession with a 1-yard run from Coby Reynolds, and Alonzo Benton missed the extra point kick.
Darius Jenkins cut Johnson County's third possession short with an interception.
That led to a 19-yard touchdown run by Rozier with 15.3 seconds left in the first half. The Devils once again failed to convert the extra point, leaving the Devils trailing 14-12 at halftime.
The Devils' momentum was quickly taken away in the third quarter with a safety from the Trojans' defense, and Johnson County scored on two of their last three possessions.
The game was called at 8:30 p.m. due to time constraints, with Johnson County ahead 31-12.
"We saw some positive things in the game and found some things we need to work harder on. We did a good job of getting to the ball, but we simply didn't wrap up when we got there," said Coach Blount.
One key difference for the Devils this season is an expanded roster.
"We've got almost 40 players available on the sidelines this year," Coach Blount said. "It helps not to have to play everybody both ways."
Warren County's first regular-season game will be Friday night against the Panthers of Glascock County at 7:30 p.m.