Warhorses cage A-F Tigers, 39-0
It was homecoming night for Allendale-Fairfax High Friday in the Tigers’ Den.
The class AA top ranked Barnwell High Warhorses, however, didn’t show their adversaries any love as they dispatched the Tigers in front of their home crowd by a score of 39-0.
With the win, Barnwell High remains unbeaten at 8-0 and 3-0 in region play. The victory sets up a region showdown with No. 8 ranked Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Friday at W.W. Carter field.
For Barnwell High, however, the victory over the Tigers was far from picture perfect.
The team was plagued by penalties, stalled drives and ball security at times.
According to Barnwell High coach Dwayne Garrick, it’s stuff the team is looking to clean up before the Red Raiders come to town.
“We had some mix-ups on the offensive line and we put the ball on the ground a couple of times. We can’t afford to make those kind of mistakes against a team like Bamberg,” Garrick said. “To open the game with an eight-minute drive and not get anything out of it was frustrating.”
Against Allendale-Fairfax High, the Warhorses came out strong after taking the opening kickoff.
At first, the Tigers’ defense couldn’t figure how to get off the field as the nearly nine-minute drive included four straight third down conversions.
The Tiger defense, however, stiffened inside their 10-yard line. A group paced by Bryshon Johnson, Justin Polite, Javarius Youmans, Demoray Devoe, Ty Hicks and Keonta Johnson corralled Mykal Lee at the three-yard line on fourth and goal to end the threat.
After the exchange of possession, the Tigers’ offense struggled. A swarming Warhorses defense fueled by Cole Kearse, Deshuan Watson, Brashaun Spann and Julius Arnold forced a quick punt after holding the Tigers to minus two yards on three straight runs plays.
From there, things went from bad to worse for the Tigers. On a fourth down punt attempt from the end zone, the punter shanked the ball straight up in the air. When the ball landed back in the end zone, Tyrah Spann pounced on it for a Warhorse touchdown.
Hunter Webb nailed the point after for a 7-0 lead.
After another three-and-out possession by the Tigers, the Warhorses took over inside their 40 yard-line. This time, the Warhorse offense had better success as they traveled 61 yards for a score. Brandon Harvey completed the seven-play march with a 28-yard run. Webb added the kick.
Trailing 14-0, the Tigers’ offense finally showed some signs of life on the ensuing possession. On first down, Derrick Youmans was able to turn the corner for a 15-yard gain. Three plays later, Demoray Devoe converted a third and down and four with a six-yard run. Moments later, quarterback Frank Oliver fired a pass to Devoe, who made a spectacular 17-yard reception in traffic down to the Warhorses’ 22-yard line.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the drive went no further. On a first down pass attempt, Deshauan Watson and Cole Kearse sacked Oliver for an eight-yard loss.
The Tigers’ passing game also failed to connect on the next three plays with incomplete passes to end the drive.
After taking over on downs, the Warhorses used a heavy dose of Mykal Lee and Brandon Harvey as they drove inside the Tigers’ 10-yard line.
Moments later, the Tigers’ defense seemingly came up with another big stop when they forced a fumble. The Warhorses, however, retained possession after recovering the ball.
Two plays later on second and goal at the six yard-line, the Warhorses coughed up the ball again, but the Tigers failed to make the recovery. This time for the Warhorses, Jackson Carter scooped up the loose ball and advanced it to the two-yard line.
Lee scored seconds later and Webb added the point after to extend the lead to 21-0.
“I thought we played really hard defensively,” Allendale-Fairfax High coach Glynn Darby said. “We should have recovered the football on their last touchdown before the half ended.”
Ahead by three scores, the Warhorses built on their lead in the second half.
Mykal Lee and Brandon Harvey each found the end zone for the second time in the game. Alvin Donaldson and Griffin Corley recovered safeties to close out the scoring.
“This wasn’t our best performance, but we played good enough to win,” Garrick said.
For the game, the Warhorses finished with 297 yards rushing. Lee led all ball carriers with 149 yards. Harvey had 89 yards rushing.
Defensively, Cole Kearse and Deshaun Watson led the way with eight tackles each. Brashaun Spann registered six tackles and two quarterback pressures.
For the Tigers defensively, Bryshon Johnson and Justin Polite highlighted the unit with nine tackles apiece. Players with six tackles include Ty Hicks, Javarius Youmans, Demoray Devoe and Keonta Johnson.