Washington County runs over Grovetown


GROVETOWN — In their only two meetings before Fri­day night, Washington County had beaten Grovetown by an average of 28 points.


The Golden Hawks again proved too much for the War­riors to handle Friday, winning 65-14 at Grove­town.

“I was proud of our guys,” Golden Hawks coach Joel Ingram said. “They played fast and physical and got things done.”

The Warriors (0-1) trailed 44-7 at the half. In the third quarter, the Golden Hawks (2-0) scored on running plays of 80 and 50 yards the first two times they touched the ball.

Washington County racked up 558 yards of offense, rushing for 425 yards on 29 attempts. The Warriors also rushed 29 times, gaining 168 yards.

Grovetown attempted just four passes, completing two for 14 yards. Special teams also had an early breakdown, allowing a punt to be blocked and setting up a quick first-quarter score by the Golden Hawks.

The game is one the War­riors won’t forget anytime soon.

“We’ll take this game to practice Monday and keep it in our head and build on it to get better,” running back Jamal Cummings said. “I don’t think we’re as bad as the score shows.”

Cummings was a bright spot for the Warriors, returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and rushing for 108 yards, including
an 83-yard burst down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Cummings’ kickoff return came after the Golden Hawks scored on its first possession, and it appeared briefly that the teams were in for a shootout.

Washington County quar­ter­back William Walker gashed the middle of the Warriors’ line time and again in the first half, rushing for 76 yards and two scores.

He was just as deadly in the passing game, completing all five passes for 133 yards with scoring strikes of 18 and 52 yards.

With the Warriors’ rushing attack stymied and most of the Golden Hawks’ skill position starters on the bench, Washington County finished its scoring late in the fourth quarter with a 16-yard run by Danyale Witaker, who ran nine times for 66 yards.


Washington County 65, Grovetown 14

PLAY OF THE GAME: Down 7-0 in the first quarter, Grovetown’s Jamal Cummings took a kickoff 95 yards to tie the score.

STAR OF THE GAME: William Walker. The Golden Hawks’ quarterback rushed for 76 yards and two scores and passed for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

WHY WASHINGTON COUNTY WON: The running game found success attacking the middle of the Warriors’ line.

WHY GROVETOWN LOST: The Warriors couldn’t sustain any drives on offense and gave up big plays on defense.

NEXT: Grovetown at Swainsboro, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7

Washington County 65, Grovetown 14

Washington County 22 22 14 7 – 65

Grovetown 7 0 0 7 – 14

First Quarter

WC–Melvin Hill 3 run (J.W. May kick), 8:33

G–Jamal Cummings 95 kickoff return (Corey Stone kick) 8:18

WC–William Walker 22 run (May kick), 7:36

WC–Walker 5 run (Walker pass good) 2:24

Second Quarter

WC–Hill 5 run (Walker pass good), 10:25

WC–Deonte Latimer 52 pass from Walker (May kick), 6:02

WC–Josh Burden 18 pass from Walker (May kick), :27

Third Quarter

WC–Jukilo Johnson 80 run (May kick), 11:22

WC-A.J. Gray 50 run (May kick), 4:32

Fourth Quarter

WC–Danyale Witaker 16 run (May Kick), 7:57

G–Cummings 83 run (Stone kick) 4:31

First Downs184
Passing Yards13314


RUSHING–Washington County: William Walker 6-76, Jukilo Johnson 5-132, Logan Hunt 1-4, Danyale Witaker 11-92, Melvin Hill 3-12, A.J. Gray 2-100, Shaquille Brown 1-9. Grovetown: Jamal Cummings 9-108, Terrell Hughes 6-17, Juwan Biggers 3-19, Alex Taul 1-0 , Trandy Barnes 1-0, Linward Jackson 5-5, Eugene Davis 4-19.

PASSING–Washington County: Walker 5-5-0 133. Grovetown: Juwan Biggers 2-4-1 14.

RECEIVING–Washington County: Josh Burden 3-79, Deonte Latimer 1-52. Gray 1-2. Grovetown: Cummings 1-5, Taul 1-9.