Warren County traveled to Fairbanks Friday seeking to overcome last year's loss to the War Eagles of Landmark Christian. Head coach Marleau Blount and his team got what they wanted with a 20-13 win.
Warren County won the toss and elected to kick off. In what would prove to be the key to the contest, the Screaming Devils defense held the War Eagles, forcing them to punt on their first possession.
The Screaming Devils took over on their own 17-yard line. Dondracus Dozier connected with Cornelius Pinkston on second down for an 83-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good for Warren County to lead 7-0 with 6:13 to go in the first quarter.
Landmark was threatening to score on their first possession when they fumbled inside the Warren County 5-yard line. Warren County fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchback, ending the War Eagles drive.
Warren County fumbled the ball back to the War Eagles on their next possession when Tay Erwin was hit hard while trying to run up the middle.
Landmark took advantage of the turnover when they connected with a pass to tie the score at 7-7 with 11:04 to go in the first half. The War Eagles threatened again late in the quarter, but the Screaming Devils defense forced a fumble on their own 8-yard line. Freshman Jabari Wilson recovered for Warren County and took it 92 yards to give Warren County a 13-7 lead.
Landmark started the second half forcing Warren County to punt after three plays. Ed'Rickus Williams had trouble handling a high snap and Landmark capitalized with a blocked punt. The War Eagles recovered in the end zone to tie the game at 13-13.
The game was tied until 9:59 to go in the fourth, when Coby Reynolds took a hand off from Dozier and ran 40 yards for a Screaming Devils win.
When asked for a comment, every coach for Warren County said, "Defense." Blount added, "We gave them plenty of opportunities when we turned the ball over inside the 20-yard line three or four times," as he savored his second victory at the helm of the Screaming Devils. "Our defense simply played outstanding and our offense took advantage of their mistakes."
Defensive coordinator Joey Moon backed up Blount's observations. "We had a plan on defense all week. Our kids simply came out and executed our plan flawlessly tonight. There were very few missed assignments on defense tonight and the credit goes 100 percent to our kids."