WARRENTON — Injured Warren County coach David Daniel watched from the press box Friday as his Screaming Devils searched for an answer to the Washington-Wilkes Tigers' air assault.
The Tigers defeated the hosts, 34-13.
Daniel was injured Oct. 14 when he reportedly was attacked by a Hancock Central player. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
Daniel Spence, a senior defensive starter and scholar-athlete award winner, did not play for the Devils after suffering a concussion following the Hancock Central game. Junior defensive end Deondre Battle was also missing Friday night due to a broken toe. Jeffery Gillyard managed to take his position on the defensive line after having his badly swollen ankle taped but was ineffective, and his night was quickly done as he had to leave the field.
The Screaming Devils jumped out to an early lead after Ed'Ricus Williams recovered a fumble and went 46 yards for the touchdown.
Tigers quarterback Buck Robinson connected with Daquan Heard on a 60-yard play, but the point-after attempt failed.
The Devils' Jabari Wilson took a handoff from quarterback Damien Clark and took it 54 yards down the far sideline for Warren County's last score of the evening.
Washington-Wilkes again answered quickly as the Tigers marched down the field to set up a 15-yard touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone to again narrow the Warren County lead.
Washington-Wilkes scored three more times before the end of the first half, on a 26-yard run and scoring passes of 22 and 20 yards. The Screaming Devils went to the locker room down 34-13.
The second half was a stark contrast to the first, as neither team managed to put points on the board.
Half-time was marked with the crowning of Shaveria Hall as homecoming queen and Wilson as homecoming king.
Warren County managed only 158 yards of total offense for the night. The Devils rushed for a season low of 69 yards and were led on the ground by Wilson with 80 yards on nine carries. Warren County had four players with negative yards on the ground. Damien Clark was 7 of 15 through the air for another 88 yards. Clark connected twice to Williams for a total of 36 yards, and twice to Dextrell Norris for a total of 22 yards. Wilson also had a 20-yard reception and Devarius Davis added two receptions for eight yards.
The loss makes this week's home game at Albert J. Massey Field against the Warriors of Wilkinson County almost a must-win for the Devils if they hope to make the playoffs.