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.