Warren County fell to Butler in football scrimmage action on Friday, by a score of 22-16.
Butler started the scoring early in the game, taking the opening kick-off and driving the length of the field for a touchdown and successful point-after attempt.
Warren County appeared to snap back with a long run on their third snap of the game for a touchdown, but the score was called back due to a penalty.
It was one of three Warren County touchdowns called back because of penalties. "That's football," said head coach David Daniel after the game. "That's just the way it's going to be.
You just have to accept that and play through it." Butler scored two more times in the half to go into half-time with a 22-0 lead. "Our boys have worked real hard, and that's why they were able to come back in the second half," Daniel said. "They came into the second half wanting to prove they belonged here, and they did."
The scoring in the second half for Warren County started with a safety early in the third quarter, which put Warren County on the board at 22-2.
After the safety, Warren County again received the ball but failed to move down field and had to punt back to Butler. A Butler fumble gave Warren County the ball on Butler's 18-yard line.
One first down and five plays later, the Screaming Devils scored off a quarterback sneak by Damian Clark to bring the score to 22-8 following an unsuccessful point after attempt.
Butler again fumbled on their next possession, and Warren County recovered and scored again late in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 22-16, where it remained at the end of regulation play.
Despite the loss, coach Daniel liked what he saw from his team. "Cortez Wentz commanded defense really well, did an excellent job with them," Daniel said after the game.
"Tobias Lattimore blockedextremely well, did a great job on the offensive line, and Javari Wilson ran the ball extremely hard."
Warren County's quarterback, Clark, also played on defense as cornerback/safety during the game and intercepted a pass during the first quarter.
"This was the first time Damien has started, and he did a great job," Daniel said. "As his confidence improves, he's just going to get better and better. He's a very gifted athlete."
Warren County finished the game with a total of 204 yards on offense, with 187 yards from rushing.
Clark went 1-2-1 for a total of 17 yards passing. Buster Wilson had 127 yards rushing, Davarus Davis had 29 yards, and Damien Clark had 16. Warren County next faces Glascock County in Gibson on
Friday. Game time is at 7:30.