The Warren County Screaming Devils traveled to Metter Friday to face the Metter Tigers in the third round of the state playoffs.
"The game was very physical from the opening whistle to the final horn," head coach Steven Simpson said. "Both teams played with a physical hard hitting mentality. The first half played out very much like we expected it to be. We believed that the game would be a close hard fought battle, and the first half was just that. Injuries and a lack of depth caught up with us in the second half. Metter is a very good football team that played in the quarterfinals in AA last year. They are ranked No. 1 in class A public for a reason."
Metter scored first in the first quarter on a 31-yard touchdown run. The PAT put the Tigers up 7-0.
Warren County answered in the second quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run by Kyree Evans, but the two-point conversion failed, bringing the score to 7-6.
Metter scored once more in the second quarter on a four-yard run. With the PAT, the halftime score was 14-6.
Metter scored two more times in the second half, a seven-yard run and PAT in the third quarter and a five-yard run and PAT in the fourth quarter, to bring the final score to 28-6.
Simpson said the top players against Metter were Travis Moss and Kyree Evans on both sides of the ball. He added that Justyn Stanford played very well along the defensive line, and O'marrion Jackson played well along both the offensive and defensive lines.
Warren County, for the second year in a row, advanced to the Elite 8 round of the GHSA A public state playoffs and ended the season with a 9-3 overall record and 4-1 in the region, placing second in the region.
"I am very proud of our team this season," Simpson said. "Many believed that last year was a great season that could not be recreated. This team was the underdog in many of the games, especially during the playoffs. However, our guys believed in themselves and the process and continued to get better week after week. I believe that this team proved to themselves and many others that with hardwork and dedication great things can be accomplished."
Simpson said for next year he hopes that the team will have the same buy-in and work ethic as this year's team.
"Half of this year's team will graduate, so many of the younger guys will have to step up and be ready," Simpson said. "We will return four of the starters on the offensive line next year. I will lean on that group to be leaders in the locker room, in the weight room and on the field."