The Screaming Devils cruised to victory against the Glascock Panthers Friday night to give Coach David Daniel his first victory as a head football coach.
Warren County made the short trip to neighboring Gibson for the annual opening contest in the newly renovated Panther Stadium. The Panthers installed new lights, bleachers, fencing, press box and new sod during the off-season with funds from the local SPLOST.
The game looked to be a defensive battle early in the first quarter as neither team was able to move the ball in its first possession. Warren County won the toss and elected to receive to start the game. The Devils were unable to pick up a first down and punted the ball away after a strong defensive stance by the Panthers. Glascock did not fare any better on their first possession of the game as the Devils' defense also forced a punt after three offensive plays.
The offensive struggle for Warren County quickly came to an end when Devarius Davis struck for a 35-yard touchdown run to make the score 7-0. The Devils would score twice more in the first half. Jabari Wilson broke a 52- yard run for a touchdown, followed by a 19-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Ed'Ricus Williams.
Warren County's veteran defense never allowed the Panthers to get even close to putting points on the board in the first half. The Panthers managed only one first down and finished the first half with only two yards of positive offense. The Devils took a comfortable 35-0 lead into halftime.
Warren County would add three more touchdowns in the second half. Davis scored twice and Wilson added one more score of his own. Glascock found the end zone late in the fourth quarter for their only points of the game when Lewis Watkins rushed for a touchdown to make the final score 51-7, denying the Devils a shutout.
Wilson led all rushers for the night with 215 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Davis rushed for three touchdowns of his own while racking up 208 yards on six carries. Damien Clarke also scored a rushing touchdown on six carries for 11 yards. Wilson threw for the only completion of the night, that being a 28- yard pass to Williams.
Leading rusher for the Panthers was Lewis Watkins with 66 yards on 15 carries. Warren County will play host to the Harlem Bulldogs at 7:30 Friday night. Coach Daniel named the entire defensive squad the Gurley's IGA defensive player of the game. He named Wilson the offensive player of the week.