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Micola Walker, no. 61, blocks for Howard Johnson Jr., no. 2, in a previous game.

The Screaming Devils traveled to Wilkes County on Friday to face the Tigers to wrap up their pre-region play.

Washington got ahead early, scoring two times in the first quarter, putting them ahead 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.

"In my opinion, we made too many mistakes early in the game," said head coach Steven Simpson. "We had several offsides and procedure penalties that put a halt to a few drives that we needed to score on. We really shot ourselves in the foot with miscues and penalties in the first half. We let the game get away early."

The Screaming Devils' Travis Moss scored on a four-yard run and converted the two-point conversion at the start of the second quarter to bring the score to 16-8. The momentum went back in the Tigers' favor after they scored two more times before the half on a one-yard run and a three-yard pass with two-point conversion to bring the score at halftime to 30-8.

The score remained 30-8 in the third quarter, but Rashad Myers opened the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 30-14. The Tigers wrapped up the scoring with a nine-yard run to bring the final score to 36-14.

Despite the loss, Simpson said his offensive line continued to play solidly.

"Our offensive line is really our top player this week," Simpson said. "They continued to open up big holes for our backs to run through. We were able to move the ball well against Wilkes, we just could not finish drives. Omarion Jackson, Micola Walker, Donquez Ward, Tyler Collins, Ayden Hill and Kenvonte Brinkley did a great job of blocking all night."

Friday, Sept. 17 will mark the beginning of region play for the Screaming Devils. They will face Crawford County.

"We are very excited to get to the region schedule," Simpson said. "The two early season losses do not prevent us from reaching our goals. What happens from now on will determine whether or not we reach our goals. I believe that our open week is falling at just the right time as we will be able to get a few guys healthy and work on getting better at what we do."

Simpson said this week's practices will focus on the team getting better at what they do.

"We will look at Crawford County over the weekend and have a plan going into the game," Simpson said. "At this point, all I know about Crawford is that they are returning a good portion of their team from last year. They also have a new coach that seems to be pushing them in the right direction."

Warren County's first region game is set for 7:30 pm at Albert J Massey Field in Warrenton.

"It should be a really good game," Simpson said.