The Warren County Screaming Devils lost a hard-fought game to the Johnson County Trojans on Sept. 6. The game ended with a score of 38-26.

“The game was much closer than the scoreboard indicated however as both teams traded scores throughout the contest,” said a representative from Warren County Schools. “Warren County actually led the game by the score of 26-24 with 11:50 to go in the fourth quarter until fatigue began to take a toll on the Devils.”

Warren County struck first on the scoreboard with a 58-yard pass from Jordan Menchaca to Elijah Grier. Travis Moss, in his debut for the Screaming Devils, ran the ball in for a two-point conversion with 3:13 to go in the first quarter.

Johnson County soon answered back with a big run and a two point conversion, bringing the score to 8-8 with 1:54 to go in the first quarter.

Dairon Jones pulled the Screaming Devils ahead before halftime with a touchdown run of five yards. However, the two point conversion failed, bringing the score to 14-8 at halftime.

Following halftime, Johnson County scored a 25-yard rushing touchdown and a two point conversion giving them the lead 16-14. The Screaming Devils’ Jones answered again with a six-yard touchdown run. However, the two-point conversion failed and the Devils were ahead 20-16.

The Trojans answered yet again, scoring a touchdown on a 56-yard run. Their two point conversion failed, but they gained the lead 22-20. Warren County’s Jones again pulled the Screaming Devils ahead with his feet, scoring a touchdown on a two-yard run. The two point conversion failed and the score went to 26-22.

Johnson County scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 38-26.

According to Hudl, Jones rushed for 72 yards with 16 carries and three touchdowns. Moss rushed 14 times for a total of 127 yards.

 “Moss' bruising, pounding running attack from the fullback position is a stark contrast to the elusive running style of Jones and gives the Devils’ ground game an added dimension,” said a representative from Warren County Schools.

Warren County’s Jordan Menchaca went 3 for 8 for 78 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Menchaca’s longest pass was a 58-yard touchdown connection to Elijah Grier, and he had two completions to Kyree Evans for 11 and nine yards, respectively.

The Screaming Devils will host Twiggs County in their home opener at Albert J. Massey Field in Warrenton on Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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