WARRENTON, Ga. -- The Warren County Screaming Devils nearly pulled off the biggest win of the football season last Friday night when they entertained the Washington-Wilkes Tigers.
The Tigers ended up prevailing 21-18 thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by Eric Scott with just 3:02 left in the game. Prior to the go-ahead score, the Screaming Devils had led 18-14.
Warren County got the ball back once more, but wasn't able to muster a serious threat at Albert J. Massey Field.
It was more than just another loss for the Screaming Devils. It actually knocked them out of an opportunity to play for the Region 7-A title against the Lincoln County Red Devils this Friday night at Buddy Buford Field in Lincolnton.
Warren County is now 5-4 overall this season and hopes to spring an upset over Lincoln County this weekend.
One thing is for certain, if the Screaming Devils of head coach Marleau Blount play with the intensity that they displayed in the game against Washington-Wilkes, then they have a realistic chance of pulling off a major upset.
Against the Tigers, coach Blount couldn't have asked for his Screaming Devils to have played any better, according to Scott Swann, Warren County's play-by-play radio announcer.
"They played as well as they have all season," said Swann during a conversation after the game. "They really got after it."
It also marked the return of former Warren County head coach Lee Hutto, who now guides the Washington-Wilkes football program.
Immediately after the game concluded, coach Hutto shook hands with coach Blount and other members of the Warren County coaching staff, as well as with former players that he coached. Some of them even exchanged hugs.
While Scott led the charge for the Tigers with 132 yards rushing on 25 carries, Warren County was led by quarterback Dondracus Dozier with 97 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Dozier was followed by teammates Jabari Wilson, with two carries for 54 yards; and Coby Reynolds, with eight carries for 31 yards.
As a team, Washington-Wilkes rushed for 307 yards while Warren County rushed for 223 yards.
The big difference in the game was through the air route -- the Tigers completing 1-of-7 passes for only four yards, while the Screaming Devils amassed 107 yards passing, completing 4-of-11 passes with one interception.
Warren County's Cornelius Pinkston caught one pass for 42 yards, while Wilson caught another one for 38 yards.
Washington-Wilkes got on the scoreboard first with a 59-yard touchdown run by Teverrius Jones. It came with 6:48 to play in the first quarter. Tom Saggus' extra point made it a 7-0 game.
Warren County later scored on a 1-yard run by Reynolds with 4:06 to play in the initial quarter. The extra point kick failed, as the Screaming Devils continued to trail 7-6.
In the third quarter, Warren County struck for their second touchdown of the game. It came on a 1-yard run by Reynolds -- his second score of the game. The two-point conversion pass failed, but the Screaming Devils took the lead for the first time in the game, 12-7.
Some seven minutes later in the same quarter, Scott scored on a 1-yard run for the Tigers. Saggus' kick gave the Tigers back the lead, 14-12.
Warren County reclaimed the lead with 11:13 to play in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard run by Dozier.
Again, the two-point conversion pass failed, but the Screaming Devils then led 18-14.
The Tigers weren't about to be outdone, as they put together a nice sustained scoring drive that eventually led them to victory.