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Hancock Central tops Warren County in incident-free game

Hancock Central 26, Warren County 0

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WARRENTON, Ga. — The teams – one in blue jerseys, the other in white – walked to near midfield. When the players got there, some stood, others kneeled. But they were together.

Playing each other for the first time since their brawl a year ago, Hancock Cen­tral and Warren County were ready to show they have moved on.

After the two sides listened to a pregame talk, prayed together and exchanged handshakes, it was all about the Bulldogs’ defense and Warren County’s first-half offensive miscues.

The Screaming Devils’ snapping issues from the shotgun, along with a stingy Han­cock Central defense and solid rushing attack, helped the Bulldogs end a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 26-0 win Friday night at Warren County.

“They played great,” Han­cock Central coach Zackery Har­ris said of his defense. “We wanted to pressure them.”

The Screaming Devils had problems from the start, as Hancock Central recovered a fumble in the end zone on their second offensive play. The Bulldogs had given War­ren County the ball moments earlier when quarterback Montkevious Fluellen lost a fumble after a 28-yard gain.

Fluellen and his backfield were impressive after that, with the Bulldogs rushing for more than 200 yards. Deonte Franklin had a game-best 71 yards.

Last year, the rivals had a postgame brawl in Sparta in which then-Warren County coach David Daniel got hit in the face. The Georgia Bureau of In­vestigation was asked to look at the case, and in its report, each team blamed the other for instigating the brawl. A Hancock Central player admitted to hitting Daniel, but another player said it was only after Daniel hit first. Daniel has denied that.

No one was indicted, but the Georgia High School Asso­­ciation fined Hancock Cen­tral and put it on “severe warning status” for the next two school years

On Friday, Warren County had a stronger-than-usual security presence, and there were no problems.

Harris said he hoped the game proved the teams are OK with each other.

“That was the most important thing,” he said. “The outcome didn’t matter.”

Warren County’s snapping woes became such an issue at one point that it went from first-and-goal from about the 10 to fourth-and-goal near the 50. Then, with Richard Wilburn again from the shotgun, the snap went over his head for a 17-yard loss.

Because of the poor snaps, Warren County had negative-66 yards of offense in the first half.

The Screaming Devils worked from under center in the second half and had more success, but they were stopped on downs in Hancock Central territory on four different possessions.

Wilburn threw for 93 yards in the loss, their third in a row.

“We showed we can sustain a drive, we just need to finish and execute,” Warren County offensive coordinator Zach Houston said.

HANCOCK CENTRAL 26, WARREN COUNTY 0

PLAY OF THE GAME: A high snap went over Warren County quarterback Richard Wilburn’s head, and Hancock Central recovered the ball in the end zone to go up 20-0. It was the Bulldogs’ second defensive touchdown.

STAR OF THE GAME: The Hancock Central defense, with help from bad snaps, held Warren County scoreless.

WHY HANCOCK CENTRAL WON: The defense and the running game were strong.

WHY WARREN COUNTY LOST: The Screaming Devils weren’t consistent on offense.

NEXT: Hancock Central at Aquinas, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Lincoln County at Warren County, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

HANCOCK CENTRAL 26 WARREN COUNTY 0

Hancock Central 14 6 6 0 – 26

Warren County 0 0 0 0 – 0

First Quarter

HC-Hancock Central recovers fumble in end zone for touchdown (run failed), 9:57

HC-Montkevious Fluellen 16 run (run good), 1:54

Second Quarter

HC-Hancock Central recovers fumble in end zone for touchdown (run failed), 4:11

Third Quarter

HC-Kameron Mayweather 33 run (run failed), 5:56

HC WC

First Downs 12 9

Rushes-Yards 29-227 40-(-83)

Passing Yards 12 106

Comp.-Att.-Int. 3-8-0 6-12-0

Fumbles-Lost 4-3 8-2

Punts-Yards 0-0 2-23.0

Penalties-Yards 8-55 11-100

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–HC: Deonte Franklin 8-71, Mayweather 5-47, Fluellen 7-33, Casey Adams 3-32, Justin Rocker 2-15, Dequante Morris 2-14, Patrell Ruff 1-8, Sonate Reynolds 1-7; WC: Damien Clarke 10-28, Dantavious Allen 3-4, Deondre Battle 2-0, Devocea Lott 1-(-2), Daniel Richardson 8-(-23), Richard Wilburn 16-(-90).

PASSING–HC: Fluellen 3-8-0 12; WC: Wilburn 5-8-0 93, Richardson 1-4-0 13.

RECEIVING–HC: Jamerious Edwards 1-6, Mayweather 2-6; HC: Clarke 3-60, Robert Burns 2-39, Allen 1-7.


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