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Screaming Devils start season 3-0 for first time since '98

Warren County traveled to Monroe, Ga., Friday and defeated the George Walton Academy Bulldogs, 12-3.

The Bulldogs are in their second season in the GHSA after going to the third round of the state playoffs last year.

George Walton won a GISA state championship in 2009. The game figured to be a defensive battle, as both schools returned most every player on the defensive side of the ball.

George Walton won the toss and elected to kick off to start the game, giving the Devils the first chance on offense.

The Screaming Devils looked as though they would have an easy time with the Bulldogs' defense after a big run by Jabari Wilson got the Devils into Bulldog territory at the 34-yard line.

The Bulldog's defense dug in, however, and Warren County would turn the ball over on downs.

Both teams would trade possessions throughout the first quarter with neither team being able to advance the ball. After the Bulldogs managed to advance the ball deep inside Warren County territory, a failed 39-yard field goal attempt gave Warren County the ball on the 20-yard line.

Wilson scored on the very next play, going 80 yards for the only points of the first half for Warren County.

George Walton made all the right offensive adjustments in the locker room at the half and seemed to have Warren County's defense figured out.

The Bulldogs began to control the football in the second half and kept the Devils' defense on the field for much of the rest of the game.

Warren County's defense proved to be impenetrable in the red zone, however.

The Bulldogs marched the ball inside the 10-yard line three times in the second half yet were only able to manage three points for their efforts. George Walton's offense ate time off the clock and their defense limited the Devils to only nine offensive plays in the second half.

Warren County's biggest defensive stand came in the final three minutes of the game with the Bulldogs threatening to take the narrow lead that the Devils had held for most of the contest.

Justin Sperin, a senior, took a pitch from quarterback Hunter Rice. Sperin ran around the right side and looked as though he might score until he was hit hard at the 1-yard line and coughed up the ball.

Wilson recovered the fumble and streaked down the far side line 99 yards to make the score 12-3, clinching the win for the Devils.

Wilson led the rushing for the Devils for the third week with 140 yards on 12 carries and accounted for most of the rushing yardage for Warren County.

Devarius Davis rushed for seven yards on six carries. Damien Clarke was 2-4 in passing for the night with both completions made to Wilson.

The win marks the first time since 1998 that the Devils have started the season 3-0.

Warren County plays host to McCormick County this week at Albert J. Massey Field .

Game time is set for 7:30 and can be heard live on

Web posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011

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