WARRENTON, Ga. -- The Screaming Devils of Warren County High School got back to their winning ways in football with a 20-14 victory over the Aquinas Fighting Irish at Albert J. Massey Field on Friday.
The game wasn't without dramatics -- the biggest play being turned by the Screaming Devils with less than a minute to play. The play resulted in a winning touchdown pass from quarterback Dondracus Dozier to Cornelius Pinkston that covered 56 yards with 44 seconds left in the game.
Friday night promises to be another interesting battle on the gridiron when the Screaming Devils play host to the Washington-Wilkes Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The key Region 7A confrontation features head coaches Marleau Blount and Washington-Wilkes' Lee Hutto squaring off for the first time.
The two men used to coach together when Hutto was head coach at Warren County. He left last school year to become the head coach at Washington-Wilkes. Blount, who was an assistant coach under Hutto, was later named the new head coach at Warren County.
Both coaches are highly competitive, so it will be interesting to see who prevails in a big region game that has all kinds of implications. One of the biggest goals for the Screaming Devils is to claim one of the top four region spots, which would enable them to be back in the playoffs again this season.
In the game against Aquinas, Warren County went up 6-0 with 17 seconds left in the first half after Dozier threw his first of two touchdown passes in the game to Darius Jenkins.
Early in the third quarter, Aquinas stormed right back to take a 7-6 lead on a 50-yard run by David Mysona. Ethan LaPan's extra point gave the Fighting Irish a 1-point lead.
With 4:54 remaining in the third quarter, the Screaming Devils reclaimed the lead on a 14-yard touchdown run by Dozier, putting Warren County ahead 12-7.
The excitement continued in the fourth quarter when Aquinas struck pay dirt again to take the 14-12 lead. The touchdown came on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Dane Anderson to Garrett Pippen with 11:53 left in the final quarter.
Dozier and company weren't about to be outdone, though. The Screaming Devils seemingly were determined to mount a scoring drive late so they could keep their playoff hopes alive. Following the winning touchdown pass from Dozier to Pinkston, Tay Erwin booted the extra point.
The Screaming Devils rushed for 231 yards against Aquinas, while amassing another 71 yards in an air assault.
Coby Reynolds was Warren County's leading rusher with 14 carries for 107 yards. He was followed by Dozier with 13 carries for 66 yards and Erwin with 10 carries for 53 yards.