Warner Robins made it back-to-back region championships Friday in McConnell-Talbert Stadium. The Demons did it with a 28-0 win over Veterans.
Needless to say it was a lot closer than the score indicated.
For starters, the Warhawks limited Warner Robins to three-and-outs on its first two possessions. The Demons were almost as stingy. They gave up a first down on each of Veterans’ first two possessions, but little more. The Warhawks eventually punted as well. That also took care of the first quarter for the two.
Both also punted to start the second quarter. Warner Robins was intercepted on its second possession after that, but then held Veterans to a three-and-out and a punt.
Field position was also a major issue for Warner Robins during that span. Among the times it took the ball, once it had it on the 3 and once it had it on the 10. It also had it on the 4 – its fifth possession of the game. That one, however, turned into a nine-play, 96-yard touchdown drive. It was capped off by a five-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Fromm to Ty Carr. Samarly Howard’s point after made it 7-0, which is where it stood at the half.
The Demons moved it on their first possession of the second half – picked up two first downs – but were forced to punt again.
Veterans was intercepted on its turn. That, the ensuing drive starting on the Warhawks’ 26, turned into another Warner Robins touchdown. That was via a five-yard pass from Fromm to Marcayll Jones.
Following another Veterans punt, the Demons, now starting to move the ball like their fans were used to seeing them move the ball, put together a long 92-yard drive. It went 11 plays, took the game into the fourth, and was finished off on Jalen Rutherford’s 13-yard run. Howard made it 21-0 with just under 11 minutes left to play.
The Warhawks again punted. Warner Robins again scored. It was on a 50-yard drive and another pass from Fromm to Jones – seven yards. By then there was just over a minute left to play.
Warner Robins improved to 3-1 in 1-AAAAA with the win, 8-2 overall. Veterans fell to 2-2, 8-2 and due to Bainbridge’s 44-3 win over Thomas County Central, will enter the postseason as the region’s No. 3 seed.
McDonalds Offensive Player of the Game: Jahmere Bryant
Your Pie Defensive Player of the Game: Ke’Shawn Duvall