The Warren County Middle School Screaming Devils took the field Wednesday night against the Golden Hawks of Washington County outnumbered by about 3 to 1. While the Devils may have been small in numbers, they certainly made up for it in heart. Warren County jumped out to an early lead and led the entire way to hand first year head coach, Keith Johnson, his first win.

Warren County began the game on offense after the opening kickoff at the 30 yard line. The Devils
Coach Johnson takes a post game
ice water celebratory bath.
were able to move the ball effectively in their opening drive down to just inside the 20 yard line of the Golden Hawks before their drive stalled. Washington County took over on downs at the 15 yard line.

Washington County's first play from scrimmage resulted in a 5 yard penalty and pushed them back to the 10 yard line. After gaining less than 10 yards, the Golden Hawks dropped back to punt deep in their own territory. The snap sailed over the punter's head and Tony Wynn scooped up the ball and walked into the end zone for the first score of the game. The Devils tacked on the two point conversion to lead 8-0 with 1:11 to go in the first quarter.

The Warren County defense would rise to the occasion again. The golden Hawks returned the ensuing kickoff down to the Warren County 47 yard line. After a big penalty negated a 42 yard run
and a Washington County touchdown, the Golden Hawks came right back with a 35 yard run to get into scoring position inside the 10 yard line of the Devils. Warren County would force a fumble on the very next play however and took over on offense on the 10 yard line.

Lovasea Carroll took the hand off on first down for the first of several impressive runs. Carroll rumbled 90 yards for the touchdown and the two point conversion put the Devils up 16-0 at the end of the first half.

Washington County would narrow the lead to 16-10 in the third quarter on a safety and a 31 yard shoestring pass completion for a touchdown. It appeared that the numbers game was catching up with the Devils as several players who played both offense and defense gasped for air and went down with cramps.

It would be Lovasea Carroll who would once again provide the Devils with a much needed spark. On 3rd and 6, Carrroll broke loose for a 65 yard touchdown run for Warren County's final score of the night. The two point conversion put the Devils up by the score of 24-10 with 6:53 to go in the 4th. An interception by Cortavian Wilder on Washington County's next possession sealed the victory,

Lovasea Carroll led the way on the ground for the Devils, racking up 228 yards on 16 carries.

After the game, all four Warren County coaches praised the Devils for their hard work, determination, and perseverance.

Warren County travels to Jefferson County to take on Louisville next Wednesday. Game time is set for 5:00


Candice Warthen Day in Warren County

Photos by Rasheeda Usry

Not only did Friday mark the beginning of the 2015 football season for the Screaming Devils, but it was also a day set aside to commemorate the accomplishments of a very special alumnus of Warren County. August 21, 2015 was declared Candice Warthen Day in Warren County and her basketball jersey was officially retired in a halftime ceremony.

Warthen graduated from Warren County High School in 2011 after a career as a 4 year starter for the
Lady Devils basketball team. Warthen played point guard for the Lady Devils and scored over 1,000
points in her last two seasons. Her quickness, feel for the game, and shot making ability made her one of the best high school players in the state and earned her a scholarship to Arizona.

Through all of her success on the court, Warthen never forgot where she came from and who was important to her. While the allure and opportunity was there for to leave her hometown to play high school basketball at larger and more successful schools, Warthen remained committed to her school and the teammates that she grew up playing with.
Warthen's commitment and dedication to her hometown was shown again in her speech at halftime Friday night. As she prepares for her transition to her pro career, Warthen thanked her hometown for all their support and expressed how much they all meant to her.

Candice has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Finland. Her ultimate goal however is to return one day to play in the WNBA.

Devils Lose by Seven in Season Opener

The Screaming Devils opened the 2015 season Friday night against the War Eagles of Putnam County. While the Devils recorded their second loss to the War Eagles in as many years, the game this year was much closer and showed signs of a more promising season to come.

Senior QB, Jermaine Berry
The first half proved to be an offensive struggle for both teams. Neither team was able to get the running game going with penalties negating big plays on each side of the field. The War Eagles struck first by intercepting a short pass and returning it about 40 yards for a touchdown. The interception would be one of the very few mistakes by senior quarterback  Jermaine Berry. Berry stepped back into the quarterback position after relinquishing the role to sophomore Jarvis Collins for the two scrimmage games. After the interception, Putnam County tacked on the extra point to lead the Devils 7-0.

Berry would redeem himself just seconds later in a big way by connecting with senior receiver My'Kuan Loney for a 50 yard reception. The reception set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Berry. The extra point attempt by Timothy Seals went wide right and the first quarter ended with the War Eagles on top by the score of 7-6.

Stedman Hall races 67 yards for a TD
Both offenses would threaten in the second quarter, but come up empty due to excellent defensive play from both teams.

The scoring picked up for both teams in the second half. Putnam County struck first to extend their lead to 8 points with a touchdown and extra point. Warren County would quickly answer with a 16 yard touchdown run and extra point by Seals to draw back within one. The third quarter ended with Putnam County still up by one, 14-13.

The fourth quarter provided plenty of excitement for fans of both teams as the two squads put up a combined 36 points, including a 67 yard Warren County touchdown pass to Stedman Hall. The Devils would score 6 less than the War Eagles in the fourth and come up just short by the score of 35-28 despite doubling their offensive performance from a year ago.

Timothy Seals led the rushing attack for Warren County with 60 of the 66 yards that the Devils racked up on the ground. While the running game struggled, it was the passing game that provided most of the excitement for the night. The Devils passed for 177 yards, most coming from  Jermaine Berry. Berry passed for 161 yards with 8 completions. Berry connected with My'Kuan Loney twice for a total of 53 yards, Zantez Hudson twice for 10 yards, Stedman Hall twice for 68 yards, and Jaden Hawkins twice for a total of 30 yards. Adding to the passing attack for the Devils was a 16 yard completion by Jarvis Collins to Berry.

The Screaming Devils travel to nearby Gibson to take on the Panthers of Glascock County. Game time is set for 7:30.

Screaming Devils Shine in Scrimmage Against Oglethorpe

Third year Warren County head coach, Cherrard Freeman, led his Screaming Devils into Friday night's scrimmage against Oglethorpe County with high hopes for the start of the 2015 season. His team quickly proved that they were ready to meet his expectations.

The Screaming Devils shut out Oglethorpe County by the score of 20-0 with a more mature and physical team than what Warren County fans have seen in recent years. This year's team has seven seniors, three more than last year. The Devils also have nine juniors. Most of these upperclassmen have seen significant playing time over the past three years as Warren County has worked to rebuild its football program.

The Devils spent much of the first half of Friday night's contest shaking off the rust of the offseason. After numerous false start penalties stalled the first few offensive drives of the contest, the Devils managed to put together a sustained drive late in the 2nd quarter. Facing a 4th and long deep in Patriot territory, Jarvis Collins connected with senior My'Kuan Loney for a 14 yard touchdown pass. Timothy Seals ran it in for the two point conversion and Warren County held an 8-0 lead at the half.

Coming out of the locker room, both coaches put their JV squads on the field and switched to a running clock for the 3rd quarter. The underclassmen for Warren County wasted no time in showing that they were eager to contribute to this year's campaign. Freshman Maleek Evans broke loose for a 54 yard touchdown run on his first carry to give the Devils a 14-0 lead early in the 3rd quarter. The Devil defense held the patriots to three plays and a punt. The Devils took over on the 46 yard line and handed the ball once again to Evans. In what appeared to be an exact replay of his previous run, Evans rumbled 54 yards for his second score of the quarter in only his second carry, putting the Devils up by a score of 20-0.

Maleek Evans led Warren County in rushing with 108 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 2 carries. Timothy Seals rushed for 42 yards on 6 carries. Johnquezus Neal carried the ball two times for 44 yards. Jermaine Berry also rushed for 21 yards on 5 carries.

Jarvis Collins proved to be more than ready to take over the quarterback duties in his sophomore year. Collins rushed for 21 yards and passed for 80 yards in an offensive that is designed to spread the field more than in years past. Collins connected twice with Stedman Hall for 31 yards, twice with Jermaine Berry for 35 yards, and once with My'Kuan Loney for 14 yards.

Coach Freeman was impressed by the heart showed by his team both during and after the game. Freeman stated, "Our kids played harder and with more heart than I have seen them play the past two years that I've been here." Coach Freeman also commented on how hard his team has worked this past year during the offseason to prepare. After an impressive win, on a warm, muggy night, the Devils were running sprints immediately after the game before the fans even left the field. Freeman added, "The guys came to me and said they weren't tired and asked if they could run sprints. That's the kind of dedication we've been working to build."

Warren County hits the road this weekend for a short trip to take on the Grovetown Warriors in a final scrimmage before opening the season the following week against Putnam county. Game time Friday is set for 7:30 at Grovetown High School.

Devils Fall to Lincoln

If there is one team year in and year out that Warren County wants to beat more than any other, it's Lincoln County. Coming into this year, the two teams had played each other 39 times since 1971 and Lincoln County had won every game. The Red Devils made it 40 consecutive victories with a 23-0 victory Friday night.

The game began with both teams struggling to get their offense going while battling the rain in the early parts of the first quarter. Neither team was able to pick up a first down on their first possession and the game looked like it might turn out to be a defensive battle.

Lincoln County made some offensive adjustments in their second possession and began to have success running the ball against the Screaming Devil defense. Quay Hartfield put the Red Devils on the board for their first score of the night after a 29 yard run. The extra point was good and Lincoln County led by the score of 7-0 with 6:34 to go in the first quarter.

Lincoln County would score twice in the second quarter. Their second score of the night came after a failed Warren County fake punt on 4th down from their own 12 gave the Red Devils excellent field position. LaKeith Lockhart scored for the Red Devils on a 3 yard run. Lockhart also connected with Jamar Norman for a 35 yard touchdown pass to give Lincoln County a 20-0 lead at half-time.

The Red Devils final score of the night came in the fourth quarter with a 29 yard field goal by Ryan O'Neill.

Timothy Seals was once again the leading rusher for the Screaming Devils. Seals gained 50 yards on 15 carries.Jermaine Berry went 2-10 with 1 interception in the passing department. Berry completed a 14 yard pass to Jaden Hawkins and a 13 yard pass to Dantavious Allen.

The Screaming Devils will be looking to get their offense going again this week against another rival, the Bulldogs of Hancock Central. Warren County will travel to Hancock for the second consecutive time due to a strange scheduling issue. Game time is set for 7:30.

Let's Go Devils!!!

 Ten first and second grade Freeman Elementary girls spent Monday afternoon practicing with the Screaming Devil Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleaders in hopes of one day being a WCHS cheerleader themselves. Today marked the first day of cheer camp for the girls.

The young cheerleaders will spend four days learning cheers, jumps, arm movements, claps, and stomps. The camp will
culminate with the girls getting to cheer Friday night at the Lincoln County game alongside their varsity coaches.

Debra Swann is the head coach of the high school cheerleaders. Coach Swann stated, "It was a great first day. The girls were really excited and the varsity cheerleaders really enjoyed mentoring the younger girls." Swann hopes that this becomes an annual camp and is even considering holding a camp for the younger girls during basketball season.

Late TD Lifts Devils over Harlem

The Screaming Devils overcame a weather delay, a late 4th quarter defecit, and several questionable calls by the officials to earn their second victory of the season. The win was also the first victory on the road for Warren County since the 2011 season.

After three games of explosive offense, the night would be a defensive battle for both teams. Harlem would get on the board first with the only score in the first quarter. With 5:19 to go in the first, Tradaria Brown found the end zone after a 4 yard run. After the extra point, Harlem led by the score of 7-0.

Jermaine Berry would provide the lone score only other score in the first half. Berry put the Devils on the board with a 2 yard run with 6:49 to go in the second quarter. The extra point attempt by Seals was wide and the first half ended with the Bulldogs holding a slim 1 point lead by the score of 7-6.

The two teams would have to endure over an hour lightening delay at halftime. While some area games would be called due to weather at the half, the storms moved far enough away from Harlem to allow the teams to retake the field.

Neither team would score again until late in the fourth quarter. Warren County took their first lead of the night with 5:49 to go in the contest. Anquavious Hill punched it from the 1 yard line and Jermaine Berry scored on the 2 point conversion to give the Devils a 14-7 lead.

The Bulldogs wasted no time reclaiming the lead. Lane Phillips connected with Owen Price for a 53 yard pass completion to regain the lead. After the 2 point conversion, Harlem led 15-14.

Warren County went back on offense with 3:28 to go in the game. Devocea Lott would put the Devils ahead for good with a 22 yard run. The 2 point conversion failed and the Devils held just a 5 point lead by the score of 20-15.

Harlem had a final shot with 2:00 left in the fourth quarter, but the Warren County defense was up to the task and forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over on downs, sealing the victory for the Devils.

Timothy Seals once again led the rushing for the Devils with 111 yards on 16 carries. Anquavious Hill carried the ball 7 times for 40 yards. Jermaine Berry had 20 yards on 8 carries and Devocea Lott had 25 yards on 3 carries.

Jermaine Berry was also 3-6 in passing. Berry threw for 80 yards with no interceptions. Berry connected with Devocea Lott for 49 yards, and Timothy Seals for 23 yards. In what is probably one of the strangest stats, Berry also completed a pass to himself for 8 yards. Berry's pass was batted back at the line of scrimmage into his own hands. Berry caught the ball and ran for an 8 yard completion.

Warren County was penalized more in the game than any other this year. The Devils had 19 penalties for 149 yards compared to only 5 penalties Bulldog penalties for 35 yards.

Coach Freeman was proud of the play of his team. Freeman stated, "We had to overcome a lot of adversity...we had things that didn't go our way, but the boys played through it all." Coach Freeman was especially proud of the way his team handled the pressure of a late Bulldog score and answered with one of their own to reclaim the lead.

The victory of Harlem pushes the Devils to .500 on the season with a 2-2 record. This week, the Devils travel to Wilkinson County to take on the Warriors. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Missed Opportunities and Defense Plague Devils

Photos courtesy of Rasheeda Usry
Timothy Seals scores on the first play for Warren County.
Warren County entered Friday night's game against Tattnall Square Academy with hopes of building upon the momentum of the previous week's victory over neighboring Glascock County. The Devils struggled defensively and were unable to take advantage of scoring opportunities, resulting in a 51-18 loss.

Kelveonta Veasley blocks for
Dantavious Allen.
The scoring got off to a quick start for both teams in the first quarter. J.J. Battle of Tattnall Square wasted no time putting the Trojans on the board. Battle took the opening kick-off 92 yards for the first score of the game. Loftin Whiddon added the extra point to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead. Tattnall Square then kicked off to Warren County and the Devils took over on their own 38 yard line. On the Devil's first play from scrimmage, Timothy Seals  broke loose for 62 yards to put the Screaming Devils on the board. The extra point attempt by Seals was blocked and after only 29 seconds of play, Tattnall Square held a 7-6 lead.

The Trojans would score again just a little over two minutes later on a 13 yard run by Ahmad Barron,

Devocea Lott
making the score 14-6. It appeared that the Devils would match the Trojans score for score after the Devils completed a long pass to put themselves inside the Tattnall 15 yard line. The drive would end without a Warren County score due to a fumble just one play later however. The Trojans took advantage of the opportunity and marched 85 yards for yet another 1st quarter score. The period ended with Tattnall tacking on two more points with a safety. The first quarter ended with the Trojans leading by the score of 23-6.

Devocea Lott posted Warren County's only score in the second quater with a 5 yard run TD run. The Trojans added two more scores and went to the locker room at the half with a 37-12 lead.

Warren County started the third quarter with a scoring drive capped by a 5 yard run by Anquavious Hill. It would be the Devils final score of the night however. The Trojans scored twice in the third quater and neither team scored in the fourth.

Mykwan Loney
Timothy Seals once again led in the rushing department for the Devils with 142 yards on 16 carries. Anquavious Hill rushed for 91 yards on 8 carries and Devocea Lott had 21 yards on 5 carries.

Jermaine Berry went 3 for 8 through the air with 1 interception. Berry connected twice with Mykwan Loney for 42 yards and once with Kentarius Brinkle for 19 yards.

Coach Freeman said of his team's effort, "Offensively, we played well enough to win. We just need to get better at tackling in open space and taking care of the football." Freeman added, "We were very close to them stat wise. The turnovers and special teams just really hurt us this week." Warren County posted 237 yards of rushing compared to 288 yards of rushing by Tattnall Square. The Devils had 61 yards of passing while the Trojans posted 48 yards through the air.

Warren County will be on the road next week to take on the Bulldogs of Harlem.