Demons a nightmare for Morrow

By Jeffery Armstrong

The Morrow Mustangs football team did score 12 points against the Warner Robins Demons Friday night – the most points Morrow has scored all year.

The bad news for Morrow was Warner Robins scored more often, easily defeating the Mustangs 42-12 in a Region 2-AAAAA contest at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

Three different Demons players scored two touchdowns apiece to lead the rout of Morrow (0-4, 0-3).

After a Morrow punt to start the game, Warner Robins (3-2, 3-1) engineered a seven-play drive that led to a touchdown run from junior fullback Kyle Hicks. The PAT made the score 7-0.

The rest of the first half belonged to Warner Robins senior defensive back Steven Jackson and junior running back Alton Sanders. On the Mustangs' second possession of the first quarter, Morrow drove from its own 20 yard line to the Demons 26 before Jackson intercepted a pass from senior Morrow quarterback Charles Gates.

In the second quarter, Warner Robins overcame an interception by their quarterback Tucker Pruitt to score the game's second TD. The Demons drove the length of the field before Morrow's defense held Warner Robins to a fourth-down try. But Morrow jumped offside and Sanders scampered seven yards to the end zone for the 14-0 score.

After a three-and-out by Morrow, Sanders fielded the punt at the Demon 48 and ran around the left side 52 yards for the score and a 21-0 halftime lead.

The second half belonged to wingback Dominique Davenport. He scored Warner Robins' first TD of the third quarter, a one-yard run for a 28-0 lead with 9:27 left.

Morrow struck back quickly, getting a 31-yard scoring burst from freshman fullback Claude Williams. Jackson blocked the PAT to make the score 28-6. Warner Robins iced the game in the latter part of the third, thanks again to Davenport. After two straight holding penalties, the Demons were backed up deep in their territory. Pruitt then threw a screen pass to Davenport, who broke tackles, made several moves and ran 73 yards for a touchdown and a 35-6 lead.

Gates scored on a 1-yard TD run for Morrow (the 2-point conversion failed) and Hicks scored on an 18-yard run for Warner Robins for the final 42-12 margin.

"We try to stress the positives with this team, but they've got to start games with some effort," said an upset Morrow head football coach Dorwyn Lyles. "We had no emotion in this game from the start and until we start doing showing some, these kinds of games will happen."