By Ashley Sims
Henry County and Central Macon were their own worst enemies at times during Friday's Region 3-AAAA crossover game. Unfortunately for the host Warhawks, their mistakes hurt more than their visitors in a 28-9 loss.
Penalties and a failure to capitalize on Charger mistakes cost Henry County a chance for its second victory of the season. Instead, a Warhawks team that has played very well at times defensively fell to 1-2 heading into Friday's trip to play Kendrick in Columbus.
Henry's defense opened with a bang, instigating a Central Macon fumble on the first play of the game that was recovered by Christian Twiggs, who ran it down to the Chargers' 6 yard-line. The drive ended with Steven Bymes kicking a 20-yard field goal just 30 seconds into the game to give the Warhawks an early 3-0 lead.
But the Chargers put together two consecutive touchdown drives to go ahead 13-3 just as quickly and Henry couldn't seem to match the same tempo offensively. Despite a solid effort by Twiggs, who rushed for 43 of the Warhawks 46 rushing yards in the first half on six carries, the hosts couldn't put together a drive without turnovers or penalties.
The first half ended with Shawn Pounds throwing his fourth interception of the year with 12 seconds remaining. The Henry quarterback was stymied while connecting on just 2 of 10 passing attempts by halftime, as the Warhawks committed seven penalties before returning from the break.
Henry County head coach tried to turn to freshman quarterback Drew Little for a spark at quarterback for the first offensive series of the second half. It seemed to light a fire under Pounds, and the senior returned to hit three consecutive passes. On the fourth snap, however, Pounds fumbled a snap out of the shotgun, resulting in a Warhawk turnover, that led to another Chargers score and a 21-3 Henry deficit.
Chris Jackson, who recovered a fumble defensively, added his third touchdown of the season on a two-yard run to help close the gap in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.