The Warren County Screaming Devils got back to their winning ways on the gridiron by defeating the Hancock Central Bulldogs 32-22 in a key Region 7-A game played in Sparta last Friday night.
First-year Warren County coach Marleau Blount's team tallied 25 first-half points, but were held to just one touchdown in the second half.
The Bulldogs attempted a strong rally in the second half, scoring three times for 22 points, but fell short.
The win keeps the playoff dreams alive for the Screaming Devils.
This Friday night, Warren County plays host to the Fighting Irish of Aquinas at Albert J. Massey Field in Warrenton. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
In the game against Hancock Central, the Screaming Devils scored their first touchdown in the first quarter. Coby Reynolds scored on a 1-yard run with 7:57 left to play in the initial quarter. The extra point kick failed, but still the visitors held a 6-0 lead.
The Screaming Devils scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 25-0 lead at halftime.
Quarterback Dondracus Dozier threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cornelious Pinkston with nine minutes remaining in the first half. The two-point conversion failed, which made it a 12-0 game in favor of Warren County.
The Screaming Devils' third touchdown was scored by Reynolds -- his second of three TDs on the night -- on a 4-yard run with 4:56 left in the second quarter. The two-point conversion failed, but Warren County had a commanding 18-0 lead.
Tay Erwin later got a taste of the end zone, scoring on a 2-yard TD run with 43 seconds to play in the first half. Alonzo Benton's extra point made it 25-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Warren County went up 32-0 on a 5-yard TD run by Reynolds -- his third touchdown of the game -- with 4:53 left. Benton kicked the extra point.
For the rest of the game, it was all Hancock Central as far as scoring was concerned. The Bulldogs rallied for 22 points on three TDs during the third and fourth quarters.
Warren County rolled up 276 rushing yards while holding Hancock Central to just 78 yards rushing. The Screaming Devils passed for 24 yards, while the Bulldogs passed for 120 yards.
Leading the rushing attack for Warren County was Reynolds with 30 carries for 136 yards; Erwin, 11 carries for 76 yards; Dominique Menchacha, six carries for 39 yards; and Dozier, five carries for 25 yards.