WARRENTON, Ga. -- This year's football season is expected to be another exciting one at Warren County High School.
At least that's the hope of players, coaches and the fans of the Screaming Devils.
This year's team has a lot of players when compared to previous years. The team also has one of the largest senior classes in several years. They have 10 seniors on the team -- the majority of who are starters at key positions.
Senior team leaders include Dondracus Dozier, Coby Reynolds and Frank Ivey. Other notable players are Kailip Allen, Jaquan Jackson and Cornelius Pinkston. A younger player, Jabari "Buster" Wilson, a sophomore, also is being touted as a player with a bright future, because of his speed.
"We've got some real good leaders this year," said coach Blount. "They're ready."
The head mentor also is pleased with the number of players on this year's team.
"We've got 45 kids on the team -- about seven more than we ended with last year," said Warren County High head coach Marleau Blount. "It's great that our program is attracting more and more football players."
He noted that numbers provide the team with personnel depth -- something the Screaming Devils have lacked in past years.
"It also allows us to give some of our younger players some experience in game-type situations," said coach Blount.
Speaking of experience, that's exactly what the 2010 Screaming Devils got a little of last Friday night when they played host to the Butler Bulldogs of Augusta in a scrimmage game at Albert J. Massey Field in Warrenton.
The Screaming Devils managed to defeat the Bulldogs 7-0 thanks to a third quarter, 20-yard touchdown run by Warren County senior quarterback Dondracus Dozier.
This Friday night, it will be much different, as the Screaming Devils open up their regular season against the Glascock County Panthers from nearby Gibson. The game will be played at the Albert J. Massey Field in Warrenton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Warren County finished 5-6 last season, getting bumped out of the Class A State Playoffs in the first-round. They lost to Darlington by 2 points in a heartbreaker.
Coach Blount said the loss to Darlington in the playoffs hurt because it was the difference in his team finishing with a so-so season versus finishing with possibly three more wins in the playoffs.
This year, however, coach Blount is hoping his team will be much more successful.
"We've got the players to do it; they've just got to believe in themselves and play with everything in them," said coach Blount. "I believe this team can go as far as they want to go."
This year's team is loaded in terms of speed. And on top of it, they are big and physical on both sides of the football.
"We've got lots of speed and we've got some real big kids," said coach Blount. "If we put those two things together, we can have a lot of success this year."
Two of the big players on the team include Frank Ivey, a senior defensive tackle and offensive guard; and Javoris Wilburn, a junior offensive tackle, who stands 6'2 and weighs 290 pounds.
The Screaming Devils will run out of the multiple-spread offense this season -- the biggest reason because of their speed.
"We're going to take advantage of the athletes on this team," said coach Blount. "We're going to get a bunch out of them."
One such athlete is Coby Reynolds, who recently was selected to the All-Area Dream 16 Team by The Augusta Chronicle .
"He's a great kid," said coach Blount. "He's a great father to a little daughter, very responsible, structured and coachable."
Reynolds is destined to go places, "big places," added his coach.
Defensively, the Screaming Devils, who will be directed by new defensive coordinator David Daniels, will be: "Get the ball carrier on the ground," said coach Blount.