Washington County runs past Laney in rout

Washington County 38, Laney 0



Washington County’s Danyale Wicker broke a long touchdown run early in the first quarter, setting the tone for what quickly became a rout.

The Golden Hawks recorded runs of more than 30 yards twice in the first half en route to a 38-0 win at Laney on Friday night.

Class AAA Washington County’s offensive line overpowered AA Laney and left Wildcats defenders with hands on their hips as they were continuously backed to their goal line.

The result was 281 rushing yards for Washington County (4-0). Senior Melvin Hill had 128 yards on the ground, including two touchdowns.

“Credit goes to Laney for showing us multiple fronts,” coach Joel Ingram said. “They were committed to stopping the run, and that helped us to take some shots through the air. But we had some physical runs and played hard.”

Wicker added 80 yards and one touchdown. Junior quarterback A.J. Gray went 8 for 11 with 96 passing yards and 68 rushing yards, totaling two touchdowns.

After Wicker’s 32-yard touchdown run early in the first, Washington County added a second score late in the quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Gray to Logan Hunt.

The Golden Hawks broke it open in the second quarter on a 38-yard touchdown run by Hill. After a safety on a botched punt snap by Laney (2-2) and a 4-yard run by Gray, Washington County went to the half leading 32-0.

“We played pretty balanced,” Ingram said. “We made some plays on defense, and that was big against a physical Laney team. That’s why we play these games.”

The Golden Hawks shut out the Wildcats despite committing 15 penalties.

Washington County held Laney to 107 yards of total offense. Freshman Javin Myers had 12 carries for 69 yards.

With the win, the Golden Hawks are averaging 50 points per game and are taking a four-game winning streak into a bye week.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Washington County’s Melvin Hill broke a  38-yard touchdown run with 4:58 left in the second quarter for a 23-0 lead.

STAR OF THE GAME: Hill had 15 carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

WHY WASHINGTON COUNTY WON: The Golden Hawks totaled 281 rushing yards while holding Laney to 107 yards of offense.

WHY LANEY LOST: The Wildcats couldn’t sustain a drive, completing one pass and collecting six first downs.

NEXT: Washington County at Lovett, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Laney at Screven County, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Washington County 38, Laney 0

Washington Co. 15 17 6 0 – 38

Laney 0 0 0 0 – 0

First Quarter

WC–Danyale Wicker 32 run (Jed May kick), 7:26

WC–Logan Hunt 15 pass from A.J. Gray (Gray to Josh Burden), 1:55

Second Quarter

WC–Melvin Hill 38 run (Gray to Hunt), 4:58

WC–Safety, 3:39

WC–Gray 4 run (May kick), 3:16

Third Quarter

WC–Hill 5 run (kick failed), 7:42

First Downs186
Passing Yards968


RUSHING–Washington County: Melvin Hill 15-128, Danyale Wicker 14-80, A.J. Gray 11-68, Montico Maze 2-3, Houston Channell 1-2. Laney: Javin Myers 12-69, Horatio Keller 9-30.

PASSING–Washington County: Gray 8-11 96. Laney: Keller 1-10 8.

RECEIVING–Washington County: Josh Burden 5-63, Logan Hunt 2-21, Jaquavious Latimer 1-12. Laney: Myers 1-8.