By Phil Albert
Paul Douville's 39-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter touchdown gave visiting Morrow its first victory of the season, 6-3, over Henry County Friday night.
But Morrow head football coach Dorwyn Lyles wasn't too happy after his team's performance.
"I've slept better after a loss," Lyles said after the win. "This win was bittersweet. Our defensive crew stepped up tonight and made the plays. We're not getting the production from the offense. They need more pride."
Douville's interception, one of two on the night for the junior, came at a critical time as Henry County just picked up a first down early in the fourth quarter.
"It's a great feeling," he said. "It's my first touchdown in high school and my first interception. It's a dream come true. Our defensive backs coach (Lamar) Grant did a great job."
Morrow gained 151 yards offensively, but the offense failed to score for the second straight week, including last week's 55-0 whipping by Northside-Warner Robins.
Henry County was coming off its first win of the year last week and broke a 20-game losing streak with its 20-14 win over Stockbridge.
Warhawk coach Mike Rozier agreed with Lyles about the ugliness of the game.
"Our defense played very well," Rozier mentioned. "We had our chances in the first half, but we didn't do anything in the second half. We didn't throw, run or block well. As the game moved on, I figured mistakes would be the difference."
Henry gained 165 yards offensively in the first half alone, but only settled on a 27-yard field goal by Chris Clark with 18 seconds remaining in the first half. The Warhawks gained just 24 yards in the second half.
Both teams combined for just over 100 yards offensively in the second half.
"I wasn't happy with our passing game," Rozier added. "We have to make more adjustments. But I give Morrow credit. They shut us down in the second half. They took our running game away."
Henry had minus-16 rushing yards in the second half.
In the first half, the Warhawks didn't score after a 14-play drive moved the ball to the Mustang 9. A fake field goal attempt produced a five-yard loss.
"Now that I look back on that, that play may have been the difference," Rozier said. "You don't take points off the board.
Later in the second quarter, Henry took possession at the Morrow 35 but failed to move the ball after three consecutive pass incompletions.
After again stopping Morrow, Henry produced an 11-play drive before successfully executing the field goal.
Tommy Davis' 41-yard run was the big play, but again, an inconsistent passing game contributed in stalling the drive. Quarterback Michael Rozier did have a key 13-yard completion to Greg Lindsey.
Midway through the third quarter, Morrow drove to the Henry 3 in six plays, keyed by a 24-yard pass from Charles Gates to Benton Smith. But a fourth-down pass was tipped away by Henry's Steven Bymes.
Both teams exchanged possessions before Henry took possession at its 20 very early in the final quarter.
Rozier hit Mac Daniel for 12 yards just before Douville's interception on the very next play. Douville would just miss an interception on Henry's next possession.
With just over three minutes remaining and Morrow forced to punt, Mustang Demario High recovered a fumbled punt at the Henry 16.
Using the clock and committing several five-yard penalties, Morrow was stopped on downs at the Henry 37 with 10 seconds remaining.
Douville grabbed his second interception of the game on the final play.
Morrow (1-5) travels to Houston County next Friday, while Henry (1-4) visits Jonesboro at Tara Stadium next Saturday.