- Tyler Harden
High-intensity offense lifts Warner Robins past Lee County in matchup of number-1 teams in 6A and 5A
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WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA— The hype around the Lee County vs. Warner Robins game was most definitely accurate. The Lee County Trojans, who came into Friday night’s matchup as the number-1 team in 6A, and the Warner Robins Demons, who came in as the number-1 5A team, both looked to prove themselves as a legitimate power in the state of Georgia. Lee County, who also came into tonight’s game 5-0, was the state runner-up in 6A last year, as they suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Buford. So the Trojans needed another statement win tonight to make sure they don’t get runner up this time around. But Warner Robins came in as the defending 5A state champion, and thanks to the high intensity the Demons like to run with, they look like they might be able to make it back-to-back.
The Trojans went to their freshman running back, Ousmane Kromah, who already has an offer from Florida State, to start the game, as the Lee County run game averages 9 yards per carry. But Warner Robins put a stop early to their run-heavy offensive scheme. But the Trojans were able to make an impact on defense after they were forced to punt on their first drive. Defensive tackle, Omar White, stripped the ball from the Warner Robins running back, and Lee County recovered the fumble at the Demons’ 23-yard line. Lee County quarterback, Christopher Martin, was then able to find tight end and Arkansas commit, Tyrus Washington, wide open for an 8-yard touchdown, giving the Trojans an early 7-0 lead.
Warner Robins answered back in a big way. Running back, Malcolm Jones, broke free and ran down the sideline for a 76-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7 (PAT good). The defenses for both Lee County and Warner Robins brought the intensity and kept the offenses out of the end zone, bringing the first quarter to an end with the score 7-7.
After Lee County missed a field goal attempt to start the second quarter, they came back and were able to complete their next attempt on their next possession, going ahead 10-7. The Demons didn’t let Lee County have the lead for long, and wide receiver, Daveon Walker, found room to run down the sideline on a screen pass for a 59-yard touchdown, putting Warner Robins up 14-10 (PAT good).
Both teams showed why they were two of the top teams in Georgia tonight, as they continued to answer with big plays throughout the first half. Ousmane Kromah helped Lee County fire back, as he returned the kickoff 95 yards into the end zone to retake the lead, 16-14 (PAT good). However, Warner Robins had an answer once again. After a first down pass on 4th and 10 to the Lee County 10-yard line, Malcolm Brown ran in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown, making the score 21-16 (PAT good).
This time Lee County couldn’t answer, and Warner Robins took advantage. Quarterback, Christion Lane, found Daveon Walker on 2nd and 1, and he was able to get in the end zone for a 46-yard touchdown (PAT good). After the Demon defense continued to limit the Lee County run game, the first half ended with Warner Robins in the lead 28-16.
Lee County started the second half off strong, as the offense went down the field all the way to the Warner Robins 1-yard line. Ousmane Kromah was able to force his way into the end zone to cap off the drive, and the score was then 28-23 (PAT good). But Warner Robins wouldn’t let Lee County steal their momentum. On the kickoff, Jafredrick Perry returned the kick 85 yards to the end zone, extending Warner Robins’ lead to 35-23 (PAT good).
The Demons were far from finished. Lee County fumbled the ball on their next offensive possession, and linebacker, Montrez Dinkins, recovered and ran the ball into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown (PAT good). Shortly after, another Lee County fumble recovered by Warner Robins gave the Demons the ball at the Lee County 23-yard line. Malcolm Brown lead the Demons from there, and Christion Lane capped off the drive with a touchdown pass to Deuce Petty, making the score 49-23 (PAT good).
Brown continued to lead the Demons down the field on their next drive, and a 44-yard catch by Daveon Walker brought Warner Robins to the Lee County 20-yard line. Christion Lane then found Montrez Dinkins wide open for a touchdown, putting the Demons up by 33 points in 56-23 (PAT good). This brought an end to the third quarter.
Despite all odds, a program like Lee County will never lay down and accept a loss. After a pass to Tyrus Washington on 3rd down and 4 brought Lee County to the Warner Robins 26-yard line, Christopher Martin found Willie Williams for a 25-yard touchdown (PAT good). But there just wasn’t enough time for Lee County to start a comeback, and Warner Robins was able to run out the rest of the clock. If Warner Robins needed a statement, they got it tonight, not just with the win, but for putting 56 points on Lee County.
Warner Robins improves to 6-0, and remains the number-1 team in 5A in Georgia. They will head on the road next week to take on Camden County on Friday, October 1st at 7:30 PM ET. Lee County suffers their first loss since their heartbreaking state championship loss last season. They fall to 5-1, and look to bounce back next week against North Miami Beach (FL) on Friday, October 1st at 7:30 PM ET.