Interceptions help pace Demons past Carver-Atlanta, into finals

Don Moncrief Featured, football, Warner Robins HS

A Tyler Fromm touchdown pass from brother Dylan. Nothing out of the ordinary there.

A Tyler Fromm “interception” on the other hand … Well, there’s something you don’t hear every day. Friday, you did. Friday in McConnell-Talbert Stadium, it was the normally “wide receiver” intercepting a Carver-Atlanta pass inside the redzone. It was actually one of three in Warner Robins’ 31-7 win over the Panthers.

Fromm’s stopped a Carver-Atlanta drive with less than a minute to go in the second quarter. Had the Panthers scored, they would have tied the game at 14.

The second interception came via C.J. Harris. That also stopped a Panther drive that threatened to go 80 yards for a score that would have cut it to seven; it was 21-7 at that point.

The third came on Carver-Atlanta’s next possession. It was fielded by Ke’Shawn Duvall who brought it back 55 yard for the pick-six.

That – the score now 28-7 – all but took the wind out of the visitor’s sails, as they went three-and-out on their next possession and, after an Eli Mashburn field goal of 39 yards, got sacked twice on their next while turning it over on downs.

The Demons took over following that and ran out the clock via victory formation.

Warner Robins started the game by recovering a short kick. Regardless if it was meant to be onsides or of the “pooch” variety, it gave the Demons the ball on Carver’s 38. They went forward and backward – a hold, a 19-yard pass completion to Julius Cobbs, a sack – before Dylan found Jaeven West for a 33-yard touchdown pass.

The Panthers answered right back with a 51-yard score that took just three plays. The last of those was a 39-yard touchdown pass from Octavious Battle to Aaron Williams. Mashburn made all of Warner Robins’ points after. Jonathan Servin-Garcia made all of Carver-Atlanta’s … well, that “one”.

The Demons again moved it on their next possession. They went from their own 30 to the Panthers’ 25, but after getting there, had a fourth-and-six pass broken up.

The visitor then picked up a first down but still had to punt – a sack for an eight-yard loss helped.

Warner Robins followed that by putting together an 89-yard drive for the go-ahead score. It lasted 14 plays and was finished off by Dylan from the 3. It also came just as the first quarter was about to come to an end.

Both spent most of the second quarter gaining little and punting – twice by both.

With just over three minutes left before the break Carver took the ball from their own 6 and quickly got it inside the redzone – a 62-yard pass to Jo’quavious Marks the key. That’s where Tyler came in. Warner Robins picked up a first down following, but then decided to let the clock run out.

Why not, considering it would receive the ball to start the third. It did, but it went three-and-out and punted.

The Panthers moved it a little on their next possession but turned it over on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-one on the 44.

The Demons then added their third score. It was an eight-yard pass from Fromm to Cobbs, which completed a drive of 53 yards.

Harris’ interception followed, which was in turned followed by a Warner Robins punt and then Duvall’s interception and Mashburn’s field goal to seal the deal.

The Demons will now battle Rome (45-7 winners over Buford) for the GHSA Class AAAAA championship. That game is slated for Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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MCDONALD’S OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME JAEVEN WEST. PAPA JOHN’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME BOBBY KELLY.