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Devils Close Out Season
On Winning Note
Forrest & Grace
Both Gain Over 100 Yards Rushing
Coach Stephen McDuffie
Devils Close Out Season
On Winning Note
Forrest & Grace
Both Gain Over 100 Yards Rushing
After a shaky start, the
Devils came to life and sprinted away from the visiting Pacelli Vikings last night at Bobby Gentry
Stadium and won by a score of 49-28. It was especially
pleasing for a group of seniors playing their last game in a Devil uniform.
The Vikings took the opening
kickoff and marched down the field and scored nine plays later on a well designed fullback
trap. The PAT was good and the Vikings had a
relatively quick 7-0 lead.
After the ensuing kickoff
the Devils went to work at their own 40 yard line.
After a quick first down, the Devils ran into trouble after Grace was thrown for a loss of four
yards on first down. On third down Dakota Sloan
found Travon Batton for ten yards but was still four yards shy of the first down. Coach David Daniell elected to punt and what a good decision
that turned out to be. Sloan’s punt was downed at
the one yard line.
The Vikings punched it out
to the six yard line on two plays but Tyler Forrest burst through and tackled the Viking running
back for a five yard loss. That brought up a key
punting situation. Tyler Niebrand crashed through
and blocked the Viking punt and then fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown. Gomez made the first of his seven consecutive PATs to tie the
game with 2:54 left in the first quarter. It would
be the spark that would ignite the Devils.
Chance Warnock recovered a
fumble at the Devil 32 yard line on the next series to stop a promising Viking
drive. On the first play of the second quarter
Dontavious Grace made a nifty 60 yard touchdown run to give the Devils the lead. The “D Train” showed excellent open field moves and good
speed as he weaved through the Viking secondary and into the end
The Vikings tied the game
with 6:12 left in the second quarter on a 31 yard pass from Peterson to Dawahare. All of a sudden momentum had shifted to the opposite
sidelines. But the Devils would answer the
The Devils took the kickoff
and began marching towards the end zone. Tyler
Forrest had a key run of 17 yards during the drive.
Dakota Sloan finished it off with a determined 18 yard TD run with 3:27 left in the first
Lightning struck the Viking
ship with 1:46 left in the first half as Josh Bembry recovered a fumble near
The Devils then worked the
clock beautifully as they executed the next drive.
Tay Lawson ran the jet sweep for 12 yards on first down. Sloan found his favorite target Vince Fisler for six yards and
then Forrest gained 11 more yards. After an incomplete pass Sloan weaved and rumbled all the way
to the one yard line. A holding call at the end of
the run moved the ball back to the twelve yard line. It was there that Dakota showed very good patience and pocket
awareness and found Shobradrick Polhill open for a
12 yard TD pass. The Devils carried a 28-14 lead
On the opening drive of the
second half, the Devils found themselves facing a 4th and 3 at the Viking 37 yard
line. A well executed short snap and fake punt to
Alec Mays got the necessary yardage to sustain the drive. On the next play Sloan found Chris Messer open for a 32 yard
TD pass catch and run. Messer did a great job to
stay inbounds as he tight roped down the sidelines.
The remainder of the game
saw the teams swap touchdowns as the Devils remained firmly in control of the game the entire
way. Key plays in the last quarter and a half were
Tyler Niebrand’s second blocked punt, a Tyler Forrest 32 yard TD run as well as a one yard TD
plunge. Gustavo Gomez was successful on all seven
extra point attempts.
Tyler Forrest finished with
11carries for 116 yards and 2 TDs. Dontavious Grace
added 105 yards on 11 attempts and one TD. Dakota
Sloan was 6 of 12 passing for 78 yards and 2 TDs.
The Devils rushed for 342 yards as a team.
The Devils end the season
with a 4-6 overall record. More importantly, they
finished fourth in the region with a 4-3 region record. In any other year previously, that would have gotten the
Devils into the playoffs but not under the new rules which involve power
I will summarize the yearly
statistics in a later article over the next couple of weeks.
Devil Divas Place 6th in State!
The Devil Divas placed 6th in the Class A-Public School Division today in
Columbus, GA at the GHSA State Competition. Thanks to all the GIRLS for an exciting,
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Devils Fall To
The Red Devils made the long trip to Marion
County last Friday night and unfortunately came away with a 31-14 defeat. Marion County has
been region champions for two years in a row and are in the hunt again this
The Eagles got an early score after a
busted coverage by the Devils led to a long gain inside the Devils ten yard line. They scored
on the very next play and A.J. Wells was good on the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Late in the first quarter, Warren
Singletary intercepted a Demarquez Mallard pass and made a nifty return out to the 45 yard
line. The Devils soon faced a 4th and short and decided to roll the dice. Dontavious
Grace plowed ahead for the needed yardage and a first down. Jonathan Burden was hit behind
the line of scrimmage for a yard loss on first down. It was then that the Sloan to Fisler
combination hooked up once again. Rolling slightly to his left, Sloan fired a perfectly
thrown ball to Fisler who was one step ahead of the Eagle defender for a 36 TD! Gomez tied
the game at 7-7 with the PAT.
The Eagles did score two more times in the
second quarter and took a 21-7 halftime lead. They increased the lead to 24-7 late in the
There was no quit in the Devils. Tay
Lawson intercepted a long pass into the end zone by Mallard and the Devils put the ball in play at
their 20 yard line. Eight plays later they struck pay dirt once again on a Sloan to
Tyler Porter post pattern from 18 yards out. Gomez cut the lead to 24-14.
The Devils could not get the ball back and
with less than 20 seconds remaining the Eagles scored a garbage touchdown to make the final
During the game Royce Owens was sustained a
back injury. All necessary precautions were taken by the medical staff and Royce spent two
nights in an area hospital but reportedly came home Sunday. Unconfirmed reports indicate no
surgery will be needed and he should be 100% after some rehab. He is the second Devil to be
injured in a matter of weeks. Jontavious Farrow suffered an injury and also spent time in the
The Devils take on Pacelli this Friday
night in the season finale. A win would give the Devils a winning region record at
Go Big Red!!
Devil Divas Headed to STATE
Our Devil Divas
made it to the ELITE EIGHT today at Region Competition held at Mercer University. We are headed to STATE next Saturday
in Columbus...Please come out and support your
favorite SHE DEVILS.... Today was a GREAT day to
be a RED DEVIL....
Go Big Red!!!
Devils Upset Greenville 28-15
Huge Night Rushing
The Red Devils pulled off their biggest win this season – and perhaps in the
last couple of years – on Friday night by winning 28-15 over the Patriots of Greenville.
Greenville came into the game being consistently ranked in the Top 15 Power Rankings which are
used to help determine Class A playoff teams.
Dontavious Grace, the second smallest man on the field, and Tyler Forrest, playing
with a special splint over his broken hand, had nights they can long remember. Grace rushed
23 times for 210 yards and a TD in the win. Forrest had 7.5 total tackles and an interception
return for a TD.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Devils broke on top with a 50 yard TD run by
Grace with 5:42 remaining in the second quarter. Reyes booted the PAT through to give the
Devils a 7-0 lead. A few plays later Tay Lawson intercepted a Patriot pass at the Devil 29
yard line to give the ball to the Devils. Seven plays later, Dakota Sloan scooted in from two
yards out to put the Devils up two scores with a mere 0:42 left in the half. Again, Reyes was
true on the PAT.
The Patriots did not get into the rankings by rolling over and playing dead. They
returned the second half kickoff 83 yards for a TD. The subsequent two point attempt was good
and the Patriots were right back in the game at 14-8 with 11:47 left in the third quarter.
The Devils could not move on their next possession and Sloan punted the ball dead on the
Patriot 13 yard line. Two short runs and one penalty later the Patriots faced a key
3rd down and 12 yards to go at their own 11 yard line. Tyler Forrest showed great
anticipation and ability and intercepted at the 15 yard line and raced into the end zone to
put the Devils back up by two scores. Reyes again was good on the PAT to push the lead to
The deciding 4th quarter did not start great for the Devils. The Patriots forced an interception at
the one yard line by putting fierce pressure on the Devil quarterback. After the Patriots
were forced to punt, the Devils again had a turnover as they fumbled at the Patriot 45 yard
line. With 4:47 left to play the Patriots cut the Devil lead to a mere six points on a
throwback pass from fifteen yards out to cut the lead to 21-15.
It was crunch time. With the ballgame hanging in the balance, the Devils put the
ball in play at their own 36 yard line. On first down Burden was thrown for a short loss.
Facing a 2nd and 11 the Devils went to “D-Train” once again. Grace responded with a crucial 40
yard run all the way to the Patriot 25 yard line behind outstanding offensive line blocking.
Smelling blood, the Devil offensive line continued to open holes as Burden went 14 yards to
the 11 yard line. After an illegal motion penalty Burden sprinted in behind good blocking to
score with 2:45 remaining. Reyes added the Devils’ final points to make the score
The Patriots could do nothing on their next possession and the Devils lined up in
the prettiest formation in football – the VICTORY formation! Sloan kneeled twice and the
Devils had pulled off the unthinkable!
The Devils as a team rushed for 272 yards and had 87 yards passing. Safe to say, the
offensive line deserves a lot of credit for the win.
Go Big Red!
Devil Divas Did It Again!
1st Place in Cheer Competition
The Devil Divas did it
again...with a near flawless routine...they placed 1st in the
"Last Chance" cheer competition at Worth County High School.
Our "Divas" wore pink bows in honor of Brooklyn Parish a
teenager from Lee Co., that had been injured in a farming
accident this summer. Monies were raised during the
competition for Brooklyn and her family.
Girls Take Cross Country Region Title!
Boys Finish Runner Up
The Lade Red Devil Cross Country team under
Coach Tripp Beard has brought home a region championship title!! To top that off, the Boys
Team finished 2nd in the region. Congratulations to these Red Devil student
Several Red Devil team members were named to
the 1st Team All Region Cross Country team. To be selected, each runner had to finish in the
top six of their respective 5K race. They include as follows:
- Tori Chambers – 24:45
- Britain Rogers –
25:21 4th place
- Olivia Daniell –
25:28 5th place
- Hunter Holland – 21:13 5th
Coach Beard is proud of all the runners and
the progress they made this year. All runners improved their times during the
Go Big Red!!
Devils Trounce Hawks
Sloan Ties TD Passing
The Red Devils made the long trek to Central Talbotton last
night and came away with a big win over the Hawks. The game was
not in doubt after the first quarter as the Devils raced to an early 20-0 lead and extended that
lead to 34-0 at halftime.
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In a symbolic gesture, the Devils wore pink stockings in honor of Breast
Cancer Awareness with their road white uniforms. Kudos to the coaching staff for that
The Devils took the opening
kickoff and put it in play at their own 39 yard line. Mixing short passes with Dontavious Grace runs, the
Devils marched quickly to the Hawk 23 yard line. On the seventh play of the drive fullback J.D. Burden to
a quick handoff and sprinted up the middle for a touchdown to give the Devils a 6-0
lead. The Devils could not convert the
The Devil defense
stonewalled the Hawks on their opening drive to force a punt. A short punt of the side of the punter’s foot was scooped
up by Tyler Porter and returned 24 yards to the Hawk 11 yard line. On first down, Dakota Sloan faked into the line of
scrimmage and lofted a swing pass to Grace who caught it on the run and sprinted in untouched
for the touchdown. Gomez was good on the PAT
for a 13-0 lead.
The Hawks fumbled the
ensuing kickoff return and the Devils recovered at the Hawk 22 yard line. A few plays later Sloan passed to Burden for a 6 yard TD
pass. The PAT was good and the score read 20-0
with 2:41 left to play in the first quarter.
In the second quarter Sloan
had two more TD passes as the Devils raced to a 34-0 halftime lead. J.D. Burden caught his second TD pass of the night from
ten yards out with 3:42 left. Just before
halftime, Sloan hit Vince Fisler with a 20 yard TD pass with a mere 0:19 left in
The second half brought more
of the same as the Devils continued to roll. With 10:12 remaining in the quarter Dontavious Grace
ripped off a spectacular 47 yard touchdown run. On the run Grace was hit viciously after ten
yards. However “D Train” somehow kept his
balance, spun, and streaked untouched the remaining yardage for the score.
The third quarter also
brought perhaps the strangest play of the season to date. A Dakota Sloan punt was dropped by the Hawk return man
and ???????????? scooped it and ran it in from 20 yards out for another
touchdown. The Hawks also put their only
points on the board during this quarter.
The fourth quarter was
played with a running clock.
Statistically, as mentioned
previously, Dakota Sloan had 4 touchdown passes for the Devils. Burden added two touchdowns, one rushing and one
receiving.. Grace had 104 yards on 9 carries and a
TD. Porter also had a TD
Defensively, the Devils had
nine tackles for loss. Tay Lawson and P.J.
Thompson added an interception each for the Devils. Complete statistics are pending tape
Devils Fall to Brookstone
Second Quarter Dooms Devils
When you look at a football
score that reads 35-21, your first thought sometimes may be, “well, the winner dominated the
game from start to finish”. And sometimes that
is right. However, in other times that is not
the case as evidenced this past Friday night at Bobby Gentry Stadium. The Brookstone Cougars won the game but the Devils had
some chances to make it real interesting.
Hawkinsville took the
opening kickoff and quickly signaled that they would not roll over and play dead to the favored
Cougars. Travon Batton set the Devils up in
good field position with a kickoff return to the 45 yard line. P. J. Thompson, starting at quarterback for the first
time, quickly led the Devils on an eight play, fifty five yard drive for a
touchdown. The key play of the drive was a
24 yard run by Tay Lawson on a jet sweep all the way to the Cougars’ 17 yard
line. Thompson ended the drive with a one
yard burst for the touchdown. The PAT was
true by Gustavo Gomez.
The Cougars answered with a
12 play drive of their own to tie the game at seven. The tying TD came on a Madison McCluskey run from the
three yard line. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 7-7.
In the second quarter, the
game got away from the Devils a bit – but the Devils had a chance to make it
interesting. It began with an 81 yard TD run
by Madison McCluskey with 10:17 left in the quarter. After the Devils were forced into a punt the Cougars took
over at their own 22 yard line. McCluskey
quickly got a first down but then the Devil defense stiffened. Royce Owens had a tackle for loss and the Cougar
quarterback had two incomplete passes forcing a Cougar punt. Tyler Niebrand raced in to block the punt and set the
Devils up in great field position at the Cougar 18 yard line. But Thompson coughed up a fumble on first down after
gaining some positive yards. A very good
opportunity to tie the game and swing momentum had passed. The Cougars drove for a TD and led 21-7 with 2:45 left in
After the kickoff, ‘ole Lady
Luck’ frowned on the Devils once again. A
beautifully executed pass and reception from Dakota Sloan to Vince Fisler for 56 yards and an
apparent TD was nullified due to a holding call – which came very late in the
play. It was at this point the Devils
perhaps let the game get away. The Cougars
took over with 1:35 left to play and scored a TD on a pass from Fletcher to McCluskey to take
a commanding 28-7 halftime lead.
However, the Devils showed
fight and determination and would not fold. After holding the Cougars on the initial possession the
Devils drove well into Cougar territory before turning the ball over on downs at the Cougar 27
yard line. You could sense at this point that
the Cougars may have been a little shocked that the Devils did not roll over and go to sleep –
they kept fighting.
The Devils cut the lead in
half with 11:39 to go on a Sloan to Tyler Porter TD pass from fifteen yards out. Gomez again was true on the PAT and the Devils had some
life. However, it was not to be as once again
McCluskey to make it 35-14. Using the Sloan to
Porter combination, the Devils again drove for a TD to cut it to 35-21 which was the final
score. During that drive, Porter had four
receptions for 50 yards and the TD.
Defensively, the Devils were
led by Chance Warnock who had four TFL, Royce Owens with 6 TT including 2 TFL, and Warren
Singletary who had 10.5 TT. Offensively,
Dontavious Grace had 15 carries for 62 yards and P.J. Thompson added 11 carries for 47
yards. Tyler Porter had 5 receptions for 65
yards and 2 TDs.
Devil Divas place 1st in the Battle of the Best at Veterans
Strong Second Half Propels Bobcats over Devils
Tay Lawson Sets School Record on Kickoff Return
The Red Devils scraped, clawed, and gutted
their way to a 10-3 halftime lead over the heavily favored Dooly County Bobcats on Friday night. The second half, however, belonged
to the Bobcats as they scored on three straight
possessions to take a 24-10 lead on the way to a final score of 24-16.
The Bobcats took a 3-0 lead late in the
first quarter on a Mark Clark field goal of 34 yards. I saw no clouds or threatening weather around the Grove, but lightening indeed was
about to strike. Tay Lawson took the ensuing kickoff with
his back foot on the 2 yard line and sprinted up field. He broke a tackle near the 40 yard line and sprinted untouched into the Bobcat
end zone for a 98 yard kickoff return. This shattered the
sixty year old school record which was previously held by
Eddie Toler with an 88 yard return against Forsyth on – hold it – you guess it October
5, 1951, exactly 61 years earlier! More recently
Dontavious Grace had an 85 yard return against Randolph Clay in 2005.
The second half opened with the Devils
recovering a fumble as Red Devil fans cheered loud enough
to be heard in Hawkinsville. It was not to be as the Devils fumbled it back to the
Bobcats moments later. From there the Bobcats ran off 21
straight points to take a 24-10 lead in the fourth quarter. The never say die Devils pounced on a Bobcat muffed punt with 7:06 left.
The Devils proceeded on an eight play drive that ended
with a Dontavious Grace touchdown run from 8 yards out. The PAT was blocked.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Devil defense
stood tall and stopped the powerful Bobcats and gave the
Devil offense one more shot at a potential drive that could tie the ballgame with a two
point conversion. Four consecutive passes fell incomplete
and the Bobcats took over with 1:58 left in the game and ran out the clock.
Senior Tyler Forrest led the Devil defenders
with 12.5 total tackle including 3 TFL. Royce Owens
followed with 6 total tackles while Chance Warnock added 4.5 total tackles including 3
Go Big Red!
Red Devils Notch First
There are Friday nights. And then there are those
crazy Friday nights. Last night at Schley County High School Wildcat Stadium, fans witnessed
a game that will be remembered for a long time. In a game that featured over 900 yards of
total offense and nearly ninety points, the Devils finally prevailed by a score of
The Red Devil win featured many firsts. Most
importantly, the team earned its first win in the 2012 season. Coach David Daniell earned his
first career victory. The Devils scored their first points of the season. Records indicate
that this is the first time in history that the Devils have given up 40 points and still won
a game. Dakota Sloan threw three touchdown passes for the first time. Gustavo Gomez tied a
school record held by Phillip Walter by kicking seven consecutive successful extra points.
P.J. Thompson got his first career interception. There may be others but you getting the
The Devils wasted little time in breaking the scoring
drought. On third down and 3 on the opening drive, senior Tyler Forrest sprinted right up the
middle for a 58 yard TD run. Gomez added the first of his seven PATs. After a Wildcat
touchdown tied the game, Royce Owen pounced on a Wildcat fumble at the Schley 25 yard line. A
few plays later Tyler Forrest scored from three yards out. After the PAT by Gomez, the Devils
led 14-7 after one period of play.
Early in the second quarter, the Devils recovered
another fumble to set up a touchdown. With 10:45 remaining in the second quarter, Sloan found
Vince Fisler open on a quick slant for a 7 yard touchdown pass. The Devils led 21-7 at that
point. The Wildcats answered with a touchdown of their own to cut the lead to 21-14. The
fireworks were just igniting. Tyler Forrest sprinted for a huge 63 yard gain to give the
Devils good field position. Two plays later Dakota Sloan made an outstanding run for 18 yards
and another TD. Late in the second quarter the Wildcats scored but the ensuing PAT was no
good and the Devils held a 28-20 lead. Gomez just missed a 37 yard FG at the end of the
The Wildcats scored on their opening drive of the
second quarter to cut the lead. The two point conversion attempt was no good and the Wildcats
had cut the lead to 28-26. The Devils would answer very quickly. After a good kickoff return
by Dontavious Grace the Devils went to work at the Wildcat 44 yard line. Facing a
2nd down and 10, Dakota Sloan found Fisler open on a
pass route and the senior receiver made a defender miss and raced 44 yards for a Devil
touchdown. The Devils forced a quick punt and took possession. A few plays later Sloan
connected with Dontavious Grace for a 26 yard touchdown to make the score
Later in the quarter P.J. Thompson intercepted a
Wildcat pass in the end zone to stop drive. However, the Devils gave the Wildcats a gift when
a Devil punt was blocked and recovered for a touchdown. The Wildcats now seized momentum and
had cut the lead to 42-32. With 9:55 remaining, Minter scored again for the Wildcats and also
completed a two point conversion pass to make the score 42-40.
The Devils answered with a ten play drive to regain
momentum. The key play on the drive was a 4th down and 9 pass completion from Dakota Sloan to
Shobradrick Polhill. Sloan, a left hander, rolled to his right under heavy pressure and
somehow got the pass off before being sacked into the waiting arms of Polhill. Grace streaked
in moments later for a 9 yard TD run and Gomez added the most important PAT of the night to
make the score 49-40 – a two score game. For the remainder of the game the Devils were trying
to hold the Wildcats out of the end zone. Malik Holliman recovered a key fumble with 3:50
remaining to essentially end the Wildcats chances. The final score was
Statistics are still being finalized due to software
issues but this we know. Tyler Forrest had 12 carries for 153 yards and two TDs. Grace added
72 yards on 13 carries and a TD. Sloan had 10 carries for 45 yards and a
The Devils also had a very effective night through the
air as Sloan was 8 of 13 passing for 151 yards and 3 TDs and most importantly no
interceptions. Grace had 3 receptions for 58 yards and a TD while Fisler had 2 receptions for
51 yards and 2 TDs. Travon Batton, Tyler Porter, and Polhill added receptions for the
Defensively, Josh Bembry and Warren Singletary had 7
total tackles each. Following closely were Tyler Forrest with 6 tackles and Royce Owens with
5.5 tackles including 1.5 TFL. As mentioned earlier P.J. Thompson had an interception. The
Devils recovered five Wildcat fumbles.
Go Big Red!!
Dodge County Takes Out
I have never denied that I am a born and raised, biased, and loyal Red Devil
fan. I have been accused of announcing and writing with “red tinted Devil glasses
on”. Your Honor, I plead guilty to that charge. And proud
of it. Last night the Dodge County Indian dominated the score board and the
statistics. They used
a steady offense with big play ability and a very sound, hard hitting defense to best the Devils
by a 41-0 score at John Marshall Peacock Field in Eastman, Georgia. But, in
the depths of defeat, one can see a team that put forth great effort, played pretty good defense
considering the chain of events, and indeed showed improvement from week one of the
Using their stingy defense, the Indians used the first quarter to gradually
take control of field position. The
highlight of the quarter was a stirring Red Devil goal line stand inside the five yard
line. A fourth and goal at the one came up short when the defensive line led by
Chance Warnock got good penetration and it appeared that senior linebacker Tyler Forrest came up
with the tackle for no gain. The first
quarter of the contest ended shortly thereafter in a scoreless tie. This was
not a goal line stand in the waning moments of an already decided game. These were
the #9 ranked Dodge County Indians in Class AAA.
The second quarter began with the Devils backed up in the shadow of their own
goal after the defensive stand. The
Indians defense held and forced a short Devil punt and took over at the Devil 36 yard
line. A thirty four yard run by the Indians set them up at the Devil
two. Once again the Devil defense made a good stand only to give up a fourth and
goal touchdown from the one yard line. The PAT
was good and the Indians led 7-0 with 10:09 left in the second
later disaster struck. After
the ensuing kickoff, the Devils botched a snap on first down and the Indians defense scooped
it up and ran it in for a TD. The PAT
was no good and the Indians led 13-0. Just
moments before half the Indians added another score on a short run by Marcus Brown to make
the score 20-0 at halftime. The
Indians added three scores in the third quarter to make the final score
Despite the appearance of the score, the Devil defense showed improvement in
week two. Certainly,
it helped having some of the players who missed the Bleckley game back in
considering that, the defense was much more aggressive and put up a good showing against the
highly touted Indians. At
halftime, the Devils had held the Indians to less than 100 yards total
was the same Dodge team that beat Dublin 61-7 in week
one. Obviously, they wore down some in the second half and gave up a couple of
big plays but all in all there were positive take aways from the
Offensively, the Devils were stymied in the first half by the Indian
defense. In the
second half the Devils mustered some positive yards on the ground and just missed breaking
the shutout when a Gomez field goal hooked just left of the upright in the third
Devils simply have to provide better pass protection, and quarterback Sloan and the receivers
need to perfect the short, control passing game to make the Devils an offensive
will open up more running lanes for Grace, Forrest, Wright and
company. I think the Devils will be very
competitive once they begin the Class A portion of the
Unofficial statistics show the Devils had 105 yards rushing and 29 yards
Sloan had 11 carries for 56 yards followed by Dontavious Grace who had 43 yards on 14
Fisler had 4 receptions for the Devils. Defensively, Tyler Forrest led the Devils with 9.5 tackles including one
TFL. Josh Bembry, Warren Singletary, Tay Lawson and Chance Warnock also put up
good defensive statistics for the Devils. Royce
Owens added one jolting TFL.
Royal Blank Red Devils
The Red Devils, under new head coach David Daniell,
opened the 2012 season last night at Bobby Gentry Stadium before a large crowd. The Royals
dominated the ball game and won by a final score of 31-0 in the renewed
The Royals kicked off and held the Devils on a three
and out on the first series. The Royals, who utilize the wing-t offense, quickly moved down
field and scored in four plays on Ken Hughes run of fifteen yards. The point after was good
and the Royals led 7-0 at the 8:54 mark of the first quarter. The Royals held the Devils
after the ensuing kickoff and forced another punt. The Royals scored on a seven play, 43 yard
drive. After the PAT the score was 14-0 and that is how the first quarter
The Royals added ten more points in the second quarter
including a Jacob Echols field goal to take a 24-0 halftime lead.
The Royals added a touchdown in the third quarter to
make the final score 31-0. The Royals skill position players of quarterback Tavon Ross,
Derrick Farrow, Ken Hughes, and fullback Savon Walters ran the wing-t very well and were
simply too much for the very young Red Devil defense.
Where there is adversity - there is opportunity. And
that opportunity can be credited to Coach Daniell and his staff as the Devils played a large
number of players and especially young players. The Devils, playing without several starters,
had a basic game plan and were content to run it despite the situation. Several younger
players got some of their first real high school action and I am sure learned an awful lot
from the experience. Sophomore Tyrone Wright did the majority of the “legwork” on offense and
ended the game with an unofficial 21 carries for 101 yards. Vince Fisler added two pass
receptions. Defensively, the ‘usual suspects’ in the form of Tyler Porter, Travon Batton,
Warren Singletary and Tay Lawson led the Devils in tackles unofficially.
Perhaps the best testament to the staff and to the
youth of this team was they did not lose their composure and had no personal foul penalties
which typically occur when some teams get into these situations. Kudos to all for that! Also,
as mentioned earlier, the staff played a number of players and the experience will pay off
down the road.
Go Big Red!!
Red Devil Football Schedule- Varsity &
Devil Baseball Players Get
Andy Hill- 6/22/12
Red Devil baseball players Chance Warnock, Tyler
Keen, and Earl Dupree have been named to the All Middle Georgia 2nd Team by the Macon
Telegraph in a release today. Additionally, Vince Fisler and Daniel Mayo were named Honorable
These fine young players helped propel the Devils to their second consecutive Region
Go Big Red!
2012 SENIOR BASEBALL PLAYERS
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Congratulations on Allison's signing to
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Diamond Devils Take 2nd Consecutive
Begin State Playoffs May 4th
Andy Hill- 4/30/12
If you see Head Coach Stephen McDuffie or Assistant Cote Jones with a huge
smile on their faces, it is with good reason. The Red Devils have captured the Region 4A
championship for the second consecutive season, finishing with a stellar 15-1 region record and
20-4 overall. It marks the first time since the 1990s that the Devils have put together back to
back region crowns.
The Devils romped through the regular season and in the process also swept
the games with arch rivals Wilcox County and Bleckley County in the process. The only blemishes
were to Veterans High, Fitzgerald, and First Presbyterian in non region games. Brookstone defeated
the Devils late in the season for their only region loss. The Devils entered the final week of the
season in a tie with Brookstone for the region lead. Another region rival, Schley County, did the
Devils a huge favor by defeating Brookstone to give the Cougars their second region loss. Advantage
Devils – but the Devils had to face that same Schley County team in Ellaville in a crucial game.
Just as they are now, the Devils came through like champs with a splendid 2-0 win. They ended the
season with wins over Dooly, Macon, and Chattahoochee County to clinch the championship.
Any time a team finished the regular season 20-4 with a region crown,
there are obviously many players who have had good seasons. As I have stated before, I will not get
into statistics in a public forum until the season is over. But the Devils have depended on the
outstanding pitching of Earl Dupree and Tyler Keen in key games this season. Offensively, the
Devils have gotten strong performances by Daniel Mayo, Keen, Vince Fisler, and Chance
The Devils now enter the state playoffs against perennial power Savannah
Christian on Friday, May 4, 2012, at Red Devil field. The Raiders are not your normal #4 seed out
of a very strong Region 3. The Raiders come in with a 15-9 record and present a huge challenge for
our Devils. Come out to Red Devil field on Friday for a doubleheader to open the state
I will have a complete wrap up after the season complete with statistics,
new records that have been set and much more after the season is over – and I hope that is not for
Go Big Red!!
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|With Thursday's win, the HHS Baseball Team
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Diamond Devils Hold Onto First Place At Midseason
The Red Devils came out of the gate this year with a
thrilling 3-2 win over Bleckley County and have continued to put the ‘pedal to the metal’ in
route to a 13-1 record so far in 2012. The one blemish on the record was a 4-0 loss to
Fitzgerald. They lead Region 4A with an 8-0 region record followed closely by powerhouse
Brookstone with an 8-1 record. The Devils defeated Brookstone by a score of 9-4 on March
16thto take control of first place. The Devils have yet to
play always strong Schley County who are at 4-2 in region play. The Devils have beaten every
other team in the region.
The Devils returned a good nucleus of players from the
2011 season and have relied on the strong pitching seniors Earl Dupree and Tyler Keen. The
Devils lost power hitters Mart McLeod and Dylan Folds to graduation and knew they would have
to play sound defensively, have good pitching, and play ‘small ball’ to be successful. So far
the formula has worked to near perfection.
I must give a shout out to Scott Fisler for keeping me
updated on some of the team stats and outstanding performances by Devil players this year. I
will not give out batting averages and the like in an article – the enemy may be looking! –
but will recognize a few players. Tyler Keen struck out a school record 17 batters against
Marion County early in the season. Keen’s 17Ks broke the record jointly held by former Devil
Chad Campbell, currently the very successful Peach County head football coach, and current
teammate Earl Dupree. Dupree tied Campbell’s record of 16Ks versus Taylor County in April,
2011. A review of the official statistics show the Devils only have one homerun the entire
year but have several players with very good on base percentages.
The Devils face crucial games during the first week in
April. On consecutive days they will face Taylor County, First Presbyterian Day School, and
Schley County, with two of those being crucial region games. FPD is in Class A and very
likely will be playoff bound later in the season. The Devils do have the advantage of facing
these teams at home – so get your lawn chair and come out to Red Devil field to see the
region leaders in action.
Former Red Devil Plays On Despite Injuries
Shoulder Surgeries Can’t Stop James Hall
Toughness. Desire. Preparation. Combine those traits with
enthusiasm, an uncanny perseverance to play through times, and a positive attitude through it all,
and I would say most coaches would yearn to have a roster full of those type players in any sport.
Former Red Devil great James Hall has indeed persevered through some very serious injuries and has
remained as positive as any player I have ever known.
My first encounter with James was as a middle
school player. My wife, a middle school teacher at that time, wanted to see the middle school
Red Devils play baseball against our rivals over in Bleckley County. I knew very few of the
kids but kept noticing the hustle of a somewhat skinny kid who was playing shortstop. His form
did not take on the appearance of the slick fielding and powerful arm of say a Derek Jeter,
but he made nearly every play. When I asked who that kid was she replied that it was James
Hall graduated Hawkinsville High School in 2009. By that
time, he had started for four seasons for the baseball team. Primarily used as a center fielder, he
also played shortstop and pitched at different times. He was named the recipient of the Red Devil
Hustle Award as a freshman in 2006. Additionally, he was named All Region as an outfielder in both
2008 and 2009. Hall was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and Offensive Player of the
Year in 2009. These awards provide excellent supporting evidence of being a complete baseball
player – hustle, offensive ability, and defensive prowess. I will add one more trait I have noticed
and that is he is a consummate team player. There is no “I” in James Hall. More on that
James signed with the Lagrange College Panthers of the
Great South Athletic Conference. Hall, a 6’2” and 170 pound junior, has spent most of his career
primarily as a left fielder at Lagrange. His career started admirably in 2010 as he appeared in
eight games and had five starts. He batted 0.322 with a homerun and had a three RBI game. He also
had a three hit game versus rival Emory University. Everything was looking up as he completed his
Then it happened. While playing summer league ball in
2010, Hall swung and hit a rope for a base hit and he felt something pop. He had suffered a
separation of his left shoulder on the swing. Nothing was thought to be seriously wrong and after a
day or two off, he returned to the lineup. Once again, the shoulder separated on a swing. Hall
visited a doctor who prescribed therapy which ultimately proved to be no help. The injury was more
serious than anticipated.
Hall had shoulder surgery in Columbus during the summer of 2010 to
repair a torn labrum. The orthopedist informed James that is was much worse than he had
thought and that therapy would have never healed the condition. Months of painful
rehabilitation followed. For two months it was simple stretching before even thinking of
picking up a bat. After approximately five months, he was allowed to swing a bat at 50% at a
ball on a tee. Luckily, the rigorous rehab worked and Hall returned at full speed for the 2011
Yogi Berra famously used the phrase “déjà vu all over
again”. James Hall had to live it in 2011. On April 26, 2011, one day after his birthday, Hall
raced after a short pop up fly ball into left field. Like he always does, Hall exhibited maximum
effort and ultimately dove for the popup. As he hit the ground, he landed on a straightened right
arm. You guessed it, another torn labrum and a partially torn rotator cuff - this time in the right
shoulder. Once again, surgery was required to stabilize the shoulder. To follow that would be
another grueling six months of rehabilitation. As before, Hall’s rehab went on month after month in
an attempt to get ready to be physically able to play the sport he loves.
While interviewing James for this article I asked him if he ever had
thoughts of giving up baseball due to the injuries. Anyone with back to back surgeries of such
a serious nature would naturally begin to feel sorry for himself at some point and certainly
consider giving up a sport. Hall’s reply to the question was quick and firm. Absolutely, yes
he replied, those thoughts did creep into his mind during the rehabilitation period. His next
reply was telling. He said that every time he had those thoughts he would tell himself, “No, I
cannot quit. I owe it to myself to play through the injuries. I am not going to let injuries
keep me from playing my last few years of competitive baseball.” Let’s keep in mind here, this
is college ball. There are no paychecks or huge bonuses given out at this level. One plays
because he or she has the desire to play. Nothing more, nothing less.
Hall credits Rob Dicks, his athletic trainer, with helping
him through those tough rehab days. Whenever Hall felt too much soreness or self pity, it was Dicks
who would both mentally and physically recharge James’s battery and motivate him to keep fighting.
James states that possibly the injuries have been a good thing. He says he got by on sheer ability
in high school and that the injuries and subsequent rehab forced him to work hard and made him
realize that not everything is easy. If you want it – you must work hard for it.
Fully recovered in late 2011, he prepared with much anticipation for
the 2012 season. Unfortunately, during this current season, Hall has suffered another less
serious injury on his shoulder and now has to wear a brace at every practice and during every
game. He also has to wear ice packs on each shoulder for a period of time after
I asked James to reflect on playing days at Lagrange
College for his first three years. He notes that the biggest difference in college and high school
is the pitching. He says it is not so much the speed but that the pitchers have much greater
command, control, and location of their pitches. He also says emphatically that pitchers are that
level change speeds extremely well.
In describing his favorite college moment for Lagrange so
far in his career, I naturally expected Hall to say either that first start or the first home run.
The answer I got was once again very telling of Hall’s team player attitude. He quickly said it was
helping his team break a long losing streak in one of his first starts. He did have a couple of key
plate appearances that were critical in the win but dwelled more on breaking the losing streak than
his personal performance.
Anecdotally, I asked Hall if had pitched any at the
college level. That brought a quick chuckle. He said in fact he had. In a blow out game the coach
was looking to save pitching arms and asked who might be able to finish the game. As you would
expect, James volunteered. He says he quickly realized that pitching in college was slightly
different than pitching in Class A!
We also took a few moments to discuss his former days as a Red
Devil. Once again Hall voiced that team first attitude. Personally, I remember James hitting a
lead off homerun on Senior Day in 2009. I was fortunate enough to be photographing that game
and happened to catch the swing almost perfectly. I later gave the series of photos to
his parents. I assumed James would say that may have been
his favorite moment. Wrong again. Hall said his favorite moment was undoubtedly, the huge
comeback win over Bacon County in the state playoffs. Down 8-0 and with nearly everyone having
given up, the Devils mounted a comeback that to this day defies belief. They mustered nine
runs in the last two innings. Hall vividly remembers Jacob Quick hitting a routine ground ball
into center field for a hit that the centerfielder misplayed and the Devils cleared the bases
to take the lead. You see the trend here – once again, it was a team event and not a personal
accomplishment he mentioned as is favorite moment.
James is schedule to graduate on time in May, 2013. He is
not sure what chosen career path he will take. He is majoring in history and is considering being a
history professor or entering law school. Let me just say this, whoever hires James Hall after
graduation will have a very good employee who will display tremendous effort, the ability to handle
tough times, and will always keep what is best for the company in the fore front of his
James is the son of Sara and Clay Hall. Both Mom and Dad attend some
games and listen to others on the internet. Congratulations to them and to his high school
coaches for coaching and teaching James how to be a team player.
Whenever you see James Hall around town, have a word with
him about his college baseball career. Just don’t grab either of those shoulders too
Good luck James!
2012 HHS Track
Breaks Strikeout Record
Tyler Keen struck out 17 Marion County batters last night in route to a
6-1 Devil win. The previous record* was 16 held by former Devil great and current Peach County head
football coach Chad Campbell. (* Record was established using Hawkinsville Dispatch archives and
Macon Telegraph articles-if anyone has other information please contact me)
Devils Advance to Sweet 16
|The Red Devils advanced to the Class A
Sweet 16 with a huge win over Jenkins County on Saturday night here in Hawkinsville. The Devils came
into the game as the #2 seed out of region play while Jenkins came in as a #3 seed and were sporting a
19-9 record. The Devils were down early but using sheer determination and hustle they scrapped back to
a 35-35 tie at halftime.
The game was tied late in the fourth quarter when the hustling Devils went on a run and closed out the
game with a fine 71-66 win. Statistically, Thaddues Ates had 19 points along with 7 assists. Ditalion
Williams added 14 point and 6 rebounds while freshman Warren Singletary poured in 14 points and
snatched 12 rebounds. Rashon Griggs also scored 11 points and had 6 blocked shots. Tyler Porter added 5
points and 6 rebounds. The Devils shot 45% from the floor.
The Devils will travel to Lakeland, Georgia to take on a very tough Lanier County team on Wednesday
night at 7pm. Lanier is 24-4 on the year and represents always tough Region 2.
Go Big Red!!!
Devils in State Basketball Playoffs
|After a magical run in the region playoffs
ended with a second place finish, the Devils will host the first round state playoff game this Saturday
at 6:30pm in the Red Devil Gym.
The Devils carried highly touted Taylor County to the hilt and actually had a chance to win but their
three point attempt at the end of regulation was off the mark and the Devils lost 47-45. With the loss
the Devils secured second place and the right to host a state playoff game.
Great job guys!
Diamond Devils Off to Good Start
|The Red Devil baseball team defeated
Veteran’s High School last Friday night in a scrimmage type game. On Monday the Devils downed rival
Bleckley County by a 3-2 score. The Devils went to the bottom of the 7th down 2-1 but put on a last
gasp run at the Royals and Tyler Keene’s hit into right field with 2 outs scored two runs for the win.
Keene was also the winning pitcher.
Devils host Wilcox County in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Pulaski County 2012 Tennis
Pulaski County 2012 Golf
Pulaski County 2012 Baseball
Sumer Sloan signs Scholarship with GMC
23rdat 10 a.m. Sumer Sloan will sign an official Letter of Intent to play Softball
for Georgia Military College Bulldogs in Milledgeville, GA for the upcoming 2012-2013 school
term. The signing will be held at Hawkinsville High School library at 24 Red Devil
Drive, Hawkinsville, GA 31036 with GMC Head Coach Ashley Mayhue
Sumer Sloan is the 17 year
old daughter of Robbie & Fanny Sloan. Her brother, Dakota Sloan (15), is a freshman at
Hawkinsville High School. And her sister, Nadia Sloan (10), is a 4thgrader
at Pulaski County Elementary School. Being the oldest of three she has been an
excellent role model and friend to both her younger brother and sister. She is a member
of Double Branch Free Will Baptist Church. Sumer has excelled in her education at
Hawkinsville High School by maintaining her honor roll status.
Sumer has enjoyed many
extracurricular activities at HHS such as FBLA (3 years, Secretary 2010), Drill Team (3
years), Tennis (2 years) and Softball (4 years). She is an avid softball player who has
played since she was 6 years old. She has been a team member of both Hawkinsville High
School Softball and Georgia Khaos Travel Softball teams for the past 4
High School Softball
Awards and Recognition:
- 2008 -
1stTeam All Region Third Base
- 2009 -
1stTeam All Region Third Base
- 2010 -
1stTeam All Region Short Stop
- 2011 -
1stTeam All Region Pitcher
- 2011 - HHS
Offensive Player of the Year
- 2011 – HHS Player
of the Year
- 2011 - Nominated
for All Region Pitcher of the Year
- 2011 - Competed in
the First Round of State Competition
Stats for 2011 High School
- OB %:
Other Awards and
- November 2o11
Rotary Club Student of the Month
- 2011 Summer Ball
Season – 3 First Place , 2 Second Place and 2 Third Place
- 2011-2012 Senior
Superlative – Most Athletic
Sumer’s college aspirations are to major in Sports Medicine so that she can help
other athletes maximize their experience and enjoyment of sports that she has through the
Former Red Devil Moving On
Jim Henry, a former Devil quarterback and Georgia Tech
Yellow Jacket, will be leaving his position at Butler Jr. College to move to Coffeyville Community
College. He will be responsible for coaching the receivers and will assist with coaching the
quarterbacks. He follows Aaron Flores, the Butler offensive coordinator who is taking the head
coaching position at Coffeyville. Coffeyville football alumni include New York Giant running back
Brandon Jacobs and former Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier.
Good luck Jim!
Sports fans, I've been attending Friday night
football since the mid 50s and have seen many unusual things, but I still can't figure out what
happened in Butler, Georgia last Friday night. Hawkinsville was the un-contested winner of the
battle of the bands and the Red Devil cheerleaders were heads and shoulders above those dressed in
blue; however, the Devil fotball team made an average Taylor squad look like the Green Bay Packers.
Bumbling and bungling turned into bewilderment for me and, I assume, most of those attending. NEVER
forget, I support Red Devil Athletics to the fullest and don't mean to demean either our young men
or coaches, but we left our "A" game in the 'ville. Many cliche' things could be said like "the
wheels fell off", but the best has to be "Murphy's Law" took over.
two quick scores on the board in the opening minutes of the game and never looked back while
scoring a couple more prior to half time. All thought that the boys in Red would turn things around
in the 2nd half but it was not to be. After a long drive by the Devils failed to put any points on
the board, the Vikings continued their dominance. The final score was
On a more positive note, those young players
we've talked about all year continued to play well at times and gained more experience while
the small number of seniors left it on the field in their final game...NO ONE quit! The only
thing I know to do is reference Murphy's Law once more. Make sure you thank the Devils for
their efforts this year when you see them around town and think positively about what's on
WATCH OUR CHEERLEADERS PERFORM -
CSU will be
webcasting our Region Competition Saturday, 11/5 live on the Columbus State
University web page.
HHS Varsity Cheerleaders will perform between 1:30 and 1:50 (our
scheduled performance time is 1:45, but times may vary depending on how fast the competition
High 2011 Basketball Schedule
Devils Win Wild
Shootout on Senior Night
Photos by Alana Holder
Perhaps the Red Devils should declare every
Friday night “Senior Night”. The Red Devils were victorious over the Schley County Wildcats on Friday by a score of 40-34.
Consider that in 2009 the Devils defeated Telfair 47-21
on Senior Night and last year took down the Taylor County Vikings by a 36-12 score. The last home regular season game at ‘The Gent’ has
proven very successful to Devils in the last three years.
After the opening kickoff, the Devils got a
taste of what they would face all night long. It was a
Wildcat team that ran a no huddle, shotgun, ‘throw it all over the field’ offense that
made everyone hold their collective breaths on ever play.
If you have ever watched Oklahoma or Auburn on
television, you know the style of offense I am speaking of – they are all similar in
The Wildcats got a good return on the
opening kickoff all the way to the Devils 45 yard line. After losing a yard on first down, Wildcat quarterback Jack Peavy completed an 18
yard pass to the Devil 26 yard line. The Devils were in
trouble immediately. In an early sign of things to come,
the Devils defense stood tall. The first three plays of the series netted the Cats a mere
three yards and forced a 4th and 7. Under heavy Devil
pressure, Peavy threw an incompletion on fourth down and the Devils had dodged the first Cat
The Devils were able to gain one first down
before having to punt the ball away. The Cats went to
work from their own 22 yard line. The Cats then marched methodically for 78 yards and
a touchdown on twelve plays. After a successful two point
conversion the Cats led 8-0 with 4:11 left in the first quarter.
The Devils would answer on the ensuing
possession. Operating from their own 35 yard line the Devils marched 65 yards in eight plays – all on the ground. Key plays in the
drive were a 13 yard gain on 3rd and 9 by Dakota Sloan to
kick start the drive. Two plays later Coach David Daniell called Sloan’s number again and the freshman gained 42 yards to the five yard
line. Dontavious Grace punched it in from one yard out
for the touchdown. Gomez kicked the PAT to make it an 8-7 game very early in the second
The two teams then exchanged punts before
the Cats got another drive going from their own 49 yard
line. Mixing the run game well with the passing attack, the Cats scored eight plays later. The two
point conversion failed and the Cats led 14-7 midway in the second quarter.
Sensing trouble, the Devils went answered
the call. From their own 34 yard line the Devils quickly
marched 66 yards for a touchdown. The key play in the drive was a Sloan to Earl
Dupree pass for 28 yards to set the Devils up in the red
zone at the Cat twenty yard line. Sammy West made a nifty 10 yard touchdown run and Gomez tied the
game at 14-14 with the PAT.
Late in the second quarter the Devils took
possession once again at their 34 yard line after a Wildcat punt. On first down, Sloan once again found Dupree streaking open for a
43 yard reception to give the Devils great field
position. Unable to punch a touchdown in, the Devils set
up for a 36 yard field goal with 20 seconds left, and Gustavo Gomez drilled it through the uprights
and the Devils had a 17-14 halftime lead.
If you thought the first half was eventful,
the fans in attendance had no idea what the second half would bring. The Devils took the kickoff and quickly drove into Wildcat
territory. The drive would eventually stall and the
Devils fourth down conversion attempt failed and the Cats took over.
The high octane Wildcat attack was guilty of
holding on 2nd and 3 and the subsequent penalty backed
them up to the 25 yard line. There were no apparent storms in the area, but
lightning was about to strike in the form of Tyler
Porter. Porter stepped in front of a Jack Peavy pass and sprinted 25 yards for a touchdown. Once again, Gomez was true on the PAT and the
Devils suddenly led 24-14. The Devils held on the next
drive and were in position to really put some distance
between themselves and the Cats. However, they were unable to score a touchdown
and called on Gomez once again. The junior cornerback and
kicker responded with a 25 yard field goal to make it 27-14 in favor of the Devils. It was Gomez’s
fifth field goal in two weeks.
Early in the fourth quarter the Cats offense
struck back. A nine play drive, primarily on the ground,
resulted in a touchdown. A two point conversion attempt failed and the Devils were now clinging to
a 27-20 lead. The fireworks were just beginning.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Devils struck
back – quickly! One first down ‘D-Train’ Grace gained
four yards out to the 45 yard line. Another bolt of lightning then struck in the form
of Sloan to Dupree. Running a perfectly executed play
action pass, Dakota found Earl streaking wide open on a
post route and the senior outran the Wildcat secondary for a 55 yard touchdown. The Devils two
point conversion pass attempt failed leaving the score 33-20.
Fourth quarter. 33-20 lead. Seems safe, huh?
Think again. The powder keg was about to blow. The never
say die Wildcats completed a first down tunnel screen pass to Markendous
Thornton. The speedster did the rest as he streaked 49
yards for a touchdown. Once again, the two point conversion attempt by the Wildcats was no good. The score was now 33-26 in favor
of the Devils with 5:58 left to play but, no one on the home sidelines was feeling
The Devils desperately needed a drive to
milk the clock. On 2nd and 8 from their own 27 yard line,
it was ‘Tyler’ time. Conjuring thoughts of his older brother and former Devil
standout Fabian, junior Tyler Forrest ripped off a
scintillating 53 yard gain to the Wildcat 20 yard line. With senior Wade Fegley lined up at fullback and clearing the way, the Devils
went power-I and ran straight at the Wildcat defense.
This was good old fashion ‘put a hat on a hat’ football as the coaches say. On third down Fegley and the left side of the offensive line cleared
a hole as wide as ‘I-75’ and Forrest streaked in for the
TD. Gomez was true with the PAT and the Devils now led 40-26 with a mere 2:12
It is over – right? Wrong! The Cats got a
good return and the Devils aided their cause with a personal foul penalty on the kickoff. Peavy completed a 30 yard pass on first
down to the Devils’ nine yard line. Tra Minter then
sprinted in for the touchdown. The two point conversion was good and the Devils now led 40-34 with still 1:33 left in the game. That didn’t
take long – now did it?
The entire game came down to an onside kick
by the Cats. All the Devils had to do was recover the
kick and run out the clock as the Cats had used up their timeouts. The kick actually
bounced off one of the front line Devil players but
senior Earl Dupree gathered it in successfully and fell to the ground. Now the Devils could breathe a little easier. Three Dakota Sloan
quarterback carries ran out the clock and the Devils had a 40-34 Senior Night
For the Devils, Earl Dupree had 4 receptions
for 127 yards and a touchdown. Sloan had 19 carries for
101 yards rushing and was 7 of 12 passing for 164 yards and 1 TD. Grace added
56 yards on 10 carries and junior Tyler Forrest had 6
carries for 68 yards. Gustavo Gomez had two field goals and 4 PAT kicks. The Devils rolled up 421
yards in total offense.
Defensively, Tyler Forrest, Warren
Singletary and Malik Holloman led the Devils in tackles. Final tackle numbers are not available at this time. Tyler Porter had an
interception return for a TD.
It was great night for the Devils and
particularly the departing seniors. Congrats guys – you will remember this for a long, long
Go Big Red!
PCMS Cheer Squad won 1st place AND Grand
Champs at the Golden Hawk Invitational. Our Varsity HHS
Competition Cheerleaders came in 1st place at their
competition as well!!!
For Once Devils As
Good As They Ever Were
(While being out of town for the Vanderbilt game, Andy Hill offered up the
headline for this article-Nashville and country music evidently played a role.)
After a somewhat lackadaisical performance in their previous game,
the Red Devils came out hitting on all cylinders Friday night. They played a solid 4 quarters
enroute to a 30-0 whipping of the Macon County Bulldogs on Homecoming night at The Gent.
With 9:29 left in the first quarter, Dontavious Grace capped a 6-play 55 yard drive with an 8 yard
TD scamper. Gustavo Gomez kicked the first of several up-right splitting balls for a 7-0
score. Then, at the 4:52 mark, Gomez added a 23 yard field goal giving Hawkinsville a 10-0 lead. In
the second quarter, Tyrone Wright scored from 9 yards out after a 6-play 78 yard drive. Gomez and
the PAT made the score 17-0. D-Man Grace scored again from 3 yards, finishing off a 63 yard drive,
with 5:54 left in the first half. Another Gomez kick and the Devils had an impressive 24-0 lead.
After another long drive and Gomez field goal, with only a couple seconds left on the clock, the
Devils trotted up to the Hap Jones Field House with a 27-0 halftime advantage. It was one of the
most impressive performances ever at Bobby Gentry Stadium.
Another field goal, from 39 yards, in the first couple of minutes of the 3rd quarter put
Gustavo Gomez in the Hawkinsville record book for his 3 FGs in a game. The Devils continued to play
well in the second half and, with a running clock in the 4th quarter, held on for their first
shutout since the opening game of the 2010 season, a 28-0 win over Central Talbotton. Prior to
that, you have to go back to a 22-0 victory over Telfair County in 2006.
Macon County only crossed midfield twice-once after a tipped-ball interception and after a roughing
the punter penalty against the Devils. With the afore-mentioned Mr. Hill and his I-Pod thingee out
of town, no statistical info is available, but these old eyes observed a lot by watching (as Yogi
Berra said). It appeared that linebackers Tyler Forrest and Warren Singletary made bunches of
tackles while all defensive players were swarming to the ball. Freshman DE Royce Owens also looked
impressive as his playing time increased.
The offensive line opened holes I could have run thru and #10
contines to shine as a Freshman QB.
The Schley County Wildcats come to town this week. See you at the
Lady Devils Fall to
Red Devil softball team put up a valiant effort but fell to Calvary Day this afternoon in
Savannah in the state playoffs. The Lady Cavaliers swept both ends of the doubleheader by 4-0
and 7-1 scores.
Devils finished with 17 wins! Congrats to Coach Jones and all members of the team on a job
The Lady Devils previously made the playoffs in 1993 in the slow pitch era
and finished 6th in the state. The 2004 Red Devils also made the playoffs and made it to the Sweet
Devils Break Scoring
Drought - Still Fall Short
High school football teams sometimes take on a “Dr. Jekyll /
Mr. Hyde” type personality. For opening arguments, I would submit
that Central Talbotton stunned Brookstone this past Friday night in a 40-34 upset. Brookstone had
defeated the Devils going away, and the Devils had defeated Central Talbotton in the opening week
of the season. To corroborate that, Greenville defeated Chattahoochee County 34-0 and the Devils by
only a 6-0 score. But on Friday night, Chattahoochee defeated our Devils by a 20-7 score. Go
figure. Just one week off a very good performance – albeit in a losing cause – the Devils did not
resemble the Red Devils that played the week before. But on a closer look, the Panthers of
Chattahoochee County also lost to Dooly by less than the Devils and lost at the very end of the
game to Brookstone. We caught them on one of their good nights and contributed five turnovers to
After a scoreless first quarter
in which both teams swapped two punts on their initial drives, the Panthers went to
work from their own 49 yard line. Nine plays later Eric
Zeigler scored on a short run to put the Panthers up with 10:00 left in the second quarter. The point after attempt was blocked by the entire middle
of the Devil defensive line. The Devils would have a
Russell Fruittrail returned the
ensuing kickoff out to the Devils 33 yard line. The Devils ground game then kicked
into high gear. After being held to no gain on first
down, freshman quarterback Dakota Sloan kept it on a bootleg for 13 yards out to the 46 yard line. Dontavious Grace the followed that up with a fine
33 yard gain down to the Panther 21 yard line. The Devils
gained a mere yard on first down setting up a 2nd and 9. On second down, Grace ripped off a
20 yard touchdown run to even the score. Gustavo Gomez
was true on the point after and suddenly the Devils had the lead 7-6 with 7:42 left in the second quarter. It broke a long scoring drought by the
Devils that dated back to the Brookstone game.
What happened in the last seven
minutes of the second quarter is the story of the game. With a 7-6 lead and new
life, the Devils now had momentum. They stuffed the
Panthers on a quick three and out and forced a punt. Disaster – bad luck – Murphy’s Law – whatever you wish to call it struck next. After fielding
the punt, the Devils return man was scrambling for yards
and a Panther defender stuck an arm out and ripped the ball from his hands and recovered at
the Devils 37 yard line. This was undoubtedly the turning
point of the game.
The Panthers wasted no time in
going for the Devils’ jugular. On first down, Malcolm Anderson found Chris
Askew streaking down the middle wide open on a play
action pass for a 37 yard touchdown pass. A successful two point
pass, again from Anderson to Askew, gave the
Panthers a 14-7 lead and ultimately the points they would need to secure
The Devils did not roll over
however. Operating from their 31 yard line after the kickoff, Grace ripped off a nifty
45 yard gain on first down deep inside Panther territory.
Sloan then ran a read option keeper for 11 more yards to put the ball at the Panther 13 yard line. Two plays would net seven yards before the
Panthers once again invoked Murphy’s
Law when Grace fumbled as he struggled for the first down inside the
five yard line with just over a minute to go in the first
half. The game, for all practical purposes, was a deciding moment in the game along with the punt
The third quarter was somewhat
of a stalemate until the Devils fumbled the ball away once again at their own 29
yard line. The Panthers scored a few plays later to make
the final score 20-7.
The Devils were almost
completely stymied in the fourth quarter as they could not get the Panthers off the field.
The Devils only ran five offensive plays in the fourth
quarter that netted six yards. The Panthers gained 82 yards in the fourth quarter and held the ball the last 6:34 of the game.
The Devils were led by
Dontavious Grace who gained 163 yards on 18 carries. Dakota Sloan had 5 rushes for
19 yards. Defensively, Warren Singletary had 10 total
tackles and was closely by junior linebacker Tyler Forrest who had 9 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Gustavo Gomez saw
his first significant playing time on
defense and responded nicely with 8 total tackles include one tackle
for loss of five yards. Travon Batton also had 8 tackles
for the Devils.
The Devil turnovers and the
inability to control the line of scrimmage in the second half were the primary reasons
the Devils went down to defeat. With youth all over the
field, sometimes it is “one step forward – and one step back” and that pretty much sums up the night.
The Devils return home to take
on Macon County on Friday night at Bobby Gentry Stadium. If the Devils can
put together a mistake free
and fundamentally sound four quarters of play, they have the ability to defeat the
Bulldogs. Come out and support these young
Go Big Red!
Lady Devils Advance
to State Playoffs
The Lady Devils placed
3rd in the region playoff tournament. They lost a heart breaker to Schley County in the first game by a 7-6 score. With a couple of hours to rest and get over
the emotional defeat, the Lady Devils stormed back and pasted the Pacelli Lady Vikings by a 10-4
The Lady Devils advance to the state playoffs as the third
seed in our region. They
will travel to Savannah to take on Calvary Day on Wednesday, October
12th. The first game will begin at 1:30pm and the second game to start shortly after
completion of the first. This is
a best of three series.
Congrats to the Lady Red Devils!
Lady Devils Softball
Team Sweeps Region Preliminary
The Lady Red Devil softball team traveled
to Butler yesterday afternoon to take on the Taylor County
Lady Vikings in a key region playoff preliminary game. After losing to the Lady Vikings early this
season, the Lady Devils came out on fire and swept both ends of the doubleheader. The victory guarantees a place in the state
softball tournament to be held later this
The Devils along with
region foes Brookstone, Schley County, and Pacelli will now face off with each other on Thursday to
decide seeding positions as the go into the state
Congratulations to Coach Dale Jones and the Lady Red Devil softball
Continues for Devils
It seems like a very long time ago that Earl
Dupree connected with Vince Fisler for a 20 yard touchdown pass
reception against Brookstone with 5:21 remaining in
the third quarter. That occurred on September 9th and represents the
last time the Devils have reached pay dirt. For the
third consecutive week the Devils were shutout by the Greenville Patriots on Friday night at Bobby Gentry Stadium by a score of 6-0. Marion
County, Dooly County, and Greenville, the Devils
last three opponents, are a combined 13-3 and have recorded eight shutouts between them. I
say that to emphasize the quality of the teams the Devils have played
The Devils put up a valiant fight against
the Patriots. I know it is never wise to compare scores but it is worth
noting that Greenville defeated Dooly County earlier in
the year. The Devils did a lot of things very well particularly defensively. In fact the game was in doubt until Dakota Sloan’s fourth down pass
fell incomplete with under a minute to go deep in Patriot territory.
The game turned out to be an old fashion
slobber knocker. Greenville was content to run off tackle and mix in a few sweep plays while only attempting
six passes. The Devils were a little more balanced as they ran most of the night from a shotgun,
spread formation. Both defenses dominated the game.
The entire game could be summed up in three
different drives – two by Greenville and one by the Devils. After a first quarter that saw six punts combined by the teams, the Patriots began a
drive at their own 15 yard line with 5:18 remaining in
the second quarter. Using the ground game exclusively, the Patriots marched to a first down at the
Devil 29 yard line with 1:01 left in the half. A
perfectly thrown pass from Jamil McKee to Lavonia Slaton for a 26
yard game gave the Patriots a first and goal and
the Devil three yard line. From here, the Devils rose up and put on one
of the best goal line stands in recent memory. On
first down, Tyler Forrest just completely blew up a sweep play and made the tackle for a two yard loss. On second down an off tackle run was
stymied by Devin Wiggins and Warren Singletary for
a short one yard gain. With the crowd on its feet roaring for the Devil defense, McKee
dropped to pass and was sacked by Singletary for a
six yard loss. After a timeout and with the Devil coaches shouting instructions
and encouragement, a fourth and goal pass from the
ten yard line was complete but Dontavious Grace tackled the receiver on the one yard line and
the Devils had held. It was a tremendous goal line stand by the Devils.
The second drive of note occurred to start
the second half. The Patriots received the kickoff and went to work
from their own 35 yard line. They marched sixteen
consecutive plays, all on the ground, and scored a touchdown with
3:30 to go in the third quarter. They converted two
fourth down plays in the drive including the short touchdown run. The PAT was no good and the
Patriots had all the points they would need.
The third drive of note was by the Red
Devils. Forcing a Patriot punt, the Devils took over at their own eight
yard line with just over eight minutes to play. Grace got
the drive jump started with a nifty 14 yard gain on first down to give the Devils some room to operate. The Devils converted two fourth down plays
during the drive. The first was a pass for the needed
yards to Tyler Porter who caught the ball in heavy traffic. Later in the drive and facing a 4th and
3, Tyler Forrest swept right for eleven yards and a huge
first down. At this point it appeared all the momentum was on the home sidelines. The players were excited and the fans on their feet. However,
a holding call on another Forrest run down to the 11 yard
line moved the ball back outside the twenty. Two rushing attempts and two pass attempts did
not get the needed yardage and the Devils turned the ball
over with a minute remaining. The drive had lasted 17 plays and consumed approximately 7:30 off the clock. Unfortunately, the Devils could not
close the deal the game ended with a 6-0 loss.
The Devil defense forced four “three and
outs” on the Patriots and did not give up a long scoring play. That
will normally earn a team a victory but it was not
to be. Individually, the Devils were led by Wade Fegley who had 16
total tackles and Tyler Forrest who contributed 13
total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Warren Singletary had the
Devils lone sack of the night. Offensively, Sammy
West led the Devils with 44 yards on 4 carries. Dakota Sloan was 7 of 15 passing and no
interceptions. Tyler Porter had three receptions while Russell Fruittrail hauled in two
The Devils travel next week to take on
In the second half Tay Lawson jumped high and backwards in an attempt
to catch a Dakota Sloan pass. There was little or no
contact on the play. Lawson landed awkwardly on his upper back and he lay motionless on the field
for a few moments. He was transported to Taylor Regional
Hospital and then on to the Medical Center in Macon. As of Sunday morning, Tay has been up and walking at the Medical Center and if further tests
check out positively, he could be home by Sunday night or Monday.
JUST IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD, OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS DID SOMETHING
SATURDAY NO ONE BEFORE THEM HAS DONE. THEY ARE NOW REGION
CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY PLAYED
THEIR HEARTS OUT SATURDAY TO BEAT WILCOX AND WORTH TO WIN THE
WAY TO GO GIRLS!
CONGRATULATE THEM ALL!
Cheerleaders - FIRST PLACE
HHS Competition Cheerleaders placed 1st in their first competiton
the 2011 season held in Fitzgerald. Go Devil
Ain't is GREAT to be a RED
Devils Fall to
Three Bobcat touchdowns in eight offensive
snaps. I could stop this article right there for all practical
purposes. You have all heard the sayings like “when
the snowball starts going downhill it is hard to stop” and “when the toothpaste gets out of the tube it is hard to get back in”. Well all of
that happened in an approximate three minute spurt in the first quarter in the Grove, the
home of the Dooly County Bobcats.
Once again, the Devils were at a significant
size and speed disadvantage. Throw into that Montravious Adams, a massive defensive lineman who is already getting looks by some D-1 school, and
you can appreciate the uphill climb the Devils were
trying to make. Now for the clincher, the Devils had two critical fumbles and
three interceptions while only forcing the Bobcats into
only one interception. That is a “minus 4” in the turnover ratio in football lingo. Certainly, not
a formula for winning and especially against a team such as the Bobcats.
After forcing an early Bobcat punt, the
Devils also came up just short of a first down and had to punt. From their own 27 yard line the Bobcats went to work. The key play on the drive came
on a 3rd and 11. The Bobcats completed a 35 yard pass to
set themselves up inside Devil territory at the 39 yard line. A few plays later
the Bobcats completed a 21 yard touchdown pass to go up
6-0. The PAT was good and the Bobcats led 7-0 with 5:01 left in the first quarter. On first down after the kickoff, the Devils fumbled on
first down and the Bobcats recovered at the Devil 12 yard
line. Wasting no time, the Bobcats scored on a 12 yard TD pass on first down with 4:17 left – a
mere 44 seconds had elapsed between scores. But the snowball was still gaining
The Devils went to work from their own 18
yard line after the kickoff. Three rushing attempts gained one net
yard and the Devils’ Earl Dupree punted it away. On
first down, Bobcat speedster Mark Clark swept left, avoided a couple of Devil defenders and went 54 yards to paydirt with 1:47 left in
the quarter. As previously indicated, the Bobcats
scored 3 touchdowns in only 8 snaps – excluding PAT and kickoff plays. The Bobcat extra point
attempt was no good and the lead was 20-0.
For all practical purposes, short of the
satellite that NASA was watching falling on the Bobcat sidelines, the
game was firmly in control of the Cats. Their
defense controlled the line of scrimmage all night long and limited
the Devils to well under one hundred yards of total
offense. They added a touchdown in the third quarter to make the final score 27-0. The Devils did have one eleven play drive just before
half that resulted in one of the interceptions – though it was 4th and long with less than 30
While it appears the Devils may have taken a
step backwards after several weeks of improvement, certainly they did some very positive things. First, the Devils started freshman quarterback
Dakota Sloan for the first time. He displayed very good
field presence and was very accurate on the underneath passing routes. He did have
the interceptions as previously mentioned but all in all
his performance was certainly encouraging and something to build upon. His favorite receiver for the night was none other than Earl Dupree –
the starting quarterback for the last year and a half.
Earl had three receptions on the night and looked very comfortable in his new role. Kudos
to both those young men for handling that change with
maturity. Another Devil player, Tay Lawson, had a beautiful interception in which he had to fight a much taller receiver for the ball. Tay
then added a nice return to give the Devils decent field position.
The Devil defense, though giving up lots of
yardage, three times held the Bobcats deep inside Devil territory
without a score. On one occasion, the Bobcats
attempted a field goal only to have it blocked and returned by the Devils
for good yardage. I think they will all tell you
they did not play as well as they had previously, they did not give up. They did not lose
their composure and they did represent Hawkinsville well.
Statistically, Tyler Forrest and Wade Fegley
led the Devils with 8 total tackles each followed closely by Brandon Lawson with 7. Sammy West led
the Devil rushing attack with 10 carries for 39 yards.
I promise you that sometimes in the next
couple of years; this young group is going to be pretty darn good. It
may be next week or next year but it is going to
happen. You should come out and give them your encouragement and support as they represent
Now, if we can just figure out how to get
that snowball to roll uphill…..
Go Big Red!
Eagles Worthy of #10
The undefeated Marion County
Eagles came to Bobby Gentry Stadium and made their case to
supporta #10 ranking by the Atlanta Journal
Constitution with a 35-0 win over our Red Devils. The Eagles
had tremendous size and speed and
displayed superb athleticism. Combine that with good coaching by
Mike Swaney, a former Robert Davis
assistant, and what you have is a very good football team. The young
Red Devils fought very hard and never
backed down from the Eagles, but were unable to keep the Eagles from
a series of big plays that led to the
After the opening kickoff
and a good return by the Eagles, they went to work from the Devil 46 yard
line. However, on second down a bad snap
and subsequent scramble by the Eagle quarterback resulted in an
18 yard loss. The Eagles punted after
failing to convert on 3rd and long. One their first possession, the
Devils were able to convert a 3rd down
into a first down on a pass from Earl Dupree. It proved to be one of a
very few first downs the Devils could
muster against the outstanding Eagle defense. The Devils punted and
the Eagles went to work once again.
Utilizing the ground game, the Eagles marched steadily down the
field and James Taylor scored from one
yard out with 4:47 left in the first quarter. A.J. Wells, the very
fine Eagles kicker, converted the PAT for
a 7-0 lead.
Another Devil possession
ended with a punt and the Eagles went to work from the Devil 45 yard
line. However, the Devil defense
stiffened at the 30 yard line and a long field goal attempt sailed wide right. The
first quarter ended with the Eagles on top 7-0.
In the second quarter the
size and speed of the Eagles started to take control of the game. The Eagles
used their extremely athletic receivers
to make receptions by using their height and leaping ability to their
own advantage. The half ended with the
Eagles on top 21-0. The Red Devils mounted one threat very late
in the half. After a kick return, the
Devils were aided with penalties by the Eagles to move to the 23 yard
line but there were only five seconds left in the half. The Devils
opted to attempt a long field goal that was no good.
On the Devils’ first
possession of the second half disaster struck. Once again, the height and overall
size of the Eagles proved to be too much
for the Devils. An Earl Dupree pass was tipped into the air by
a defensive lineman and Taylor Barrett
made a diving interception at the Devil 15 yard line. A few
plays later the Eagles took a commanding
28-0 lead and put the game firmly in their control. The remainder
of the contest was a battle to see if the
Devils would continue to fight and not lose their composure. I
can report that both of those are true.
The Devils played hard until the very last play of the game and did
not lose their composure and commit any
silly personal foul penalties. Kudos should go to the players and coaches for
The Devils actually
recovered two fumbles and one of the fumbles set the Devils up deep inside
Eagle territory. However, the Eagle
defense held the Devils on 4th and 1 at the one yard line and took
possession. The Eagles scored their last
touchdown very early in the 4th quarter to make the final 35-0. The Eagles have
three shutouts this year and have only given up 13 points on the
The Eagles had size and
speed the likes of which you only see from top level teams. Their wide
receivers, and in particular #84 Joc
Johnson, made several leaping acrobatic receptions to keep scoring drives
alive. The Eagles are the reigning Region
Champions and are odds on favorites to repeat this year. I will go
on record and predict they will finish
the regular season with a 10-0 record.
The Devils once again showed
improvement despite the loss. Never once did they “back down” or
“shy away” from the Eagles. The Devil
offense simply could not muster any drives that would build
momentum and allow the defense to stay
off the field. The Devil defense contained the Eagles marquee running
back, James Taylor, who came in with a
10+ yard per carry average. He finished with just over 80 yards rushing on 20
In conversations with the
coaches, they indicate that this group is a pleasure to coach. They are
attentive both on the field and in the classroom. I will go on record and
say they will be very good over the next year or two. The growing process for young football players is
something you cannot go around – you simply must go through it. It remains encouraging to see them
take small steps forward from week to week.
The Devils travel to the
“Grove” next Friday night to take on the Dooly County Bobcats. The
Cats, coached by Jimmy Hughes, enter the
game with a 1-2 record having lost close games to Greenville
and Brookstone before getting their first
win last week over Macon County. The Devils enter the game with a 2-2
Devils Fall to
There is an
old saying in football circles about how difficult it is to play teams that run an
offense that you don’t see regularly
because you simply cannot mimic that offense in practices leading up to the
game. The Cougars run the wing-T
and they run it very well as our young Devils found out on Friday night.
The fundamentally sound Cougars rushed
for 242 yards against the Devils and mixed in two long
touchdown passes to take a 41-19
started fast as they took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards for a touchdown in
a ten play drive that took almost six
minutes. The Devils showed their determination early as they chose to
gamble on 4th and 1 deep inside their own
territory. Earl Dupree ran a quarterback sneak for the needed
yardage to convert it into a Devil first
down. A few plays later Dupree found Vince Fisler open on a pass
reception near the sidelines. A great
downfield block by Tyler Porter gave Fisler room to run and the play
resulted in a 31 yard gain. On the next
play Dontavious Grace streaked 24 yards for a Devil touchdown. The
point after was no good and the Devils
struck back almost immediately. A first down run by Drew McCluskey gained ten yards
and the Devils were found guilty of a face mask infraction resulting in an
additional 15 yards added onto the end of
the run. On the next play Duncan Fletcher found McCluskey open down the middle on a
35 yard touchdown pass. The PAT was good
and the Cougars led 7-6.
went right back to work after the kickoff from their own 24 yard line. Once again
the Devils drove it for a touchdown on ten plays. Key plays on the drive were two
Tyler Porter receptions from Dupree and a
16 yard run by Grace – the ‘D’Train. Tyler Forrest scored from three yards out as
the Devils ran power from the stacked “I”
formation. Gustavo Gomez added the PAT and the Devils went right
back on top 13-7 late in the first
One of two
really key moments in the game occurred next. Gomez pooched a high kickoff towards
the Devil sidelines and the Cougars let it hit the ground and the Devils fell on
the ball at the Cougar 31 yard line. Two
plays later however, George Adams stepped in front of a receiver in the end zone
and intercepted a pass to kill a scoring
opportunity. Perhaps more importantly this was a huge momentum swing.
The Cougars converted the turnover into a
long scoring drive and took a 14-13 lead. Later in the second
quarter they stretched that lead to
just before halftime the Devils went to work from their own 19 yard line. Using the
clock very wisely and efficiently they moved into scoring range behind the passing
of Earl Dupree and receptions by Porter,
Fisler, and Tay Lawson. Lawson showed great footwork and actually turned the short
reception into a nifty 18 yard gain.
Porter’s 19 yard reception from a scrambling Dupree put the ball at the Cougar
nine yard line with just seconds
remaining. After an incompletion, Earl once again found Fisler at the two
yard line but the Cougar defense tackled
him there preventing a touchdown. The Devils went for a field goal
on the last play of the half but a
botched snap resulted in an incompletion by Alex Mays as he scrambled to
his right as the Devils executed the
football ‘fire drill’.
half was all Cougars as they scored three touchdowns. The Devils simply could not
solve the Cougar wing-T attack. They Devils were also victimized by an unusually
high number of penalties. They were
flagged 18 times for 140 yards.
Devils would not quit. Down 27-13, the Devils marched methodically 62 yards for a
score after a Markayle Williams kickoff return of 23 yards. The
drive consumed thirteen plays. Key plays
in the drive were a 14 yard completion to
Dakota Sloan and the Dupree to Fisler touchdown pass of 20
yards. This came after Dupree dropped the
snap, gathered it in, and scrambled to his left before finding
Fisler open in the end
scored twice in the fourth quarter including a 38 yard throwback screen to Madison
McCluskey with 1:43 remaining to make the final 41-19. This is the first time
Brookstone has ever defeated the Devils
there was lots of ‘high fiving’ and celebrating after the game by the Cougars and
For the game
Dontavious Grace rushed 25 times for 140 yards and a touchdown. Dupree was 10/20
for 140 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted three times but one of those was
on the last offensive play for the Devils
at the end of the game. Vince Fisler has 5 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown
while Tyler Porter hauled in 3 receptions
for 39 yards. Defensively, senior Wade Fegley led the Devils with
eight total tackles followed closely by
Grace and Forrest with six total tackles each. The Devils only had
one tackle for a loss and that was by
freshman Warren Singletary. Markayle Williams continues to be a
threat as a kick return specialist and
very nearly broke his second of the year for a TD.
The bad news
is the Devils simply fell victim to a well executed offense run by the Cougars. The
good news is that the Devils were able to make three very long drives that resulted
in scores as they had two different ten
play drives and a thirteen play drive against the undefeated Cougars. The Devils
actually had another ten play drive just
before half that did not result in points. Despite the loss, the Devils
showed improvement as they continue to
get valuable experience.
now stand at 2-1 and will host the undefeated Marion County Eagles this Friday
night at Bobby Gentry Stadium. The Eagles come into the game as the reigning region
champion and are odds on favorites to
repeat again this season. The come into the game sporting an undefeated record and
are ranked #10 in Class A by the Atlanta
Photos by Alana Holder
The Red Devils started lightning fast,
had a mental lapse for a couple of series, but came to their senses and
thoroughly - let me emphasize "thoroughly"- dominated a young but game
Pacelli Viking team at Bobby Gentry Stadium last
the night the Devil defense totally dominated the rushing game of the
Vikings and only allowed a net 13 yards rushing for the
night. The Devils actually held the
Vikings to a -48 yards rushing net until the 4th quarter when the backups were able to
get valuable playing experience. The only negative from tonight's
contest is the fact that Keyshaun Wright suffered an MCL knee sprain and
will be out for several weeks - the good news is that it is not an ACL
The Vikings kicked off and the
Devils immediately went to work from their own 34 yard
completed pass from Earl Dupree to Tyler Forrest from the Devil 47 all the
way to the Viking 26 yard line was the key play in the
drive. Grace swept for 15 yards
followed by a short TD burst to put the Devils on top
early. Gomez's PAT was good for a 7-0
lead with 9:40
remaining in the first
quarter. After the Devils kickoff, the
defense held for three. However, on the
4th down punt,
the Devils were flagged for illegal participation resulting in a 15 yard
penalty and a key first down for the Vikes. Moments later the Viking
executed a well designed wheel route for a 34 yard TD
PAT was no good. Then disaster struck as the
Devils misplayed the short kickoff and the Vikes recovered and were in
business. It was here that Fegley,
Forrest, Wright, Warnock, Singletary and company reared their heads and
stiffened and forced a punt - in the process avoiding a huge momentum
The two teams swapped
possessions before the Devils went to work at their own 21
with 9:14 remaining in the second
quarter. Using the pass and run effectively,
the Devils scored nine plays later to take the lead. The PAT made it 14-6
showing in the
second quarter. The Devils defense once again
stopped the Vikes and forced a punt. From their own 41 yard line with
only 1:05 left in the first
half, the Devils went to work. With only 13
seconds left in the half, Earl Dupree found Vince Fisler open just short of
the goal line and Vinny scampered in for another
TD. Gomez's PAT gave
the Devils a 21-6 lead at half.
The second half started
with a Devil defensive stand and then the offense took
over. Operating from midfield, Dontavious
Grace took a handoff and sprinted 50 yards to pay dirt to put the Devils firmly
in control. The PAT was once again true from
defensive stand and one Earl Dupree bootleg later from 40 yards out, the Devils
scored and the rout was on. The PAT was again good - sounds like
a broke record doesn't it!! The remainder of the third quarter
and all of the fourth quarter the Devils had their way with the
Vikes. At the
end of three quarters of play the Devils led 42-6, the last TD coming on a
blocked punt by freshman Singletary and subsequent return of 43 yards for a TD -
guy looked like a TB streaking down the sidelines!!
The fourth quarter was
operated using GHSA running clock rules and many junior varsity players got a
full quarter of much needed experience. Tyrone Wright scored
the Devils last TD in the quarter on a 14 yard run. The Vikings got the final TD of the
game with 1:46 remaining to make the final score
The Devils dominated the
game statistically. They registered 5 sacks and an improbable13 tackles for loss.At one point late in the third quarter
the Vikes were a -48 yards net rushing. The Devils registered 261 yards on the
ground while giving up a mere 13. Dontavious Grace had 18 carries for 168 yards
and 3 TDs for the Devils. Earl Dupree added 2 carries for 54 yards including a
40 yard TD run. Defensively, Wade Fegley led the Devils with five total tackles.
Keyshaun Wright had three tackles including two sacks and one tackle for loss
before being injured. It is possible that Gustavo Gomez MAY have set a school
record with seven - count'em 7 - consecutive PATs. More research will have to be
done to determine if indeed that is some sort of record.
in all, minus the injury to Wright, it was a good night at The
Gent. These young Devils are getting
face a monumental task next week against the Cougars of Brookstone
in Columbus. Let's carry a good
crowd and show these young guys we are totally
60 Year Old Record Tied
In the Red Devils thrilling win
over Central-Talbotton this past Friday night a record that has stood for
sixty years was tied.
Markayle Williams returned the second half kickoff 88 yards
for a TD and in the process swung momentum to the Devils as they went on to
win in a comeback. Williams tied the record set by
Eddie Toler way back in 1951.
It should be noted that Markayle
also had another long kickoff return though he did not go the distance for a
TD. Perhaps before the end of the season he can set a new
Congratulations to Markayle
Devils Win Thriller on the
Out gained, out
gunned, but not "out gutted"!! The Red Devils opened the 2011 season in
Talbotton against the home standing Hawks and fought back from a two
touchdown deficit to earn a big win in the region game.The young Devils got
probably the absolute worst start you can imagine. On the opening kickoff,
after one Hawk player muffed the kickoff, another scooped it up and went 90+
yards for a TD. There was a very obvious, and blatant hold on a would be
Devil tackler that helped spring the runner to daylight. No flag was thrown
and the Devil coaching staff was 'in midseason form' in showing their
displeasure at the no call.
In the second
quarter, the very athletic quarterback for the Hawks scrambled and a Devil
cornerback broke off his coverage to come up and try to make a tackle.
However, the quarterback simply pulled up and lofted a pass to a wide open
receiver who walked in for a TD. The PAT was no good and the Devils were down
13-0. The Devil offense in the first half simply sputtered and could get any
momentum going. They ended the half with less than 50 yards in offense. The
two teams combined for five turnovers in the first half with the Devils
actually winning the turnover battle by a +1 margin. Just before half you
could begin to sense that the Hawk players were getting a little winded.
Perhaps the Devils could make some noise in the second
wasted absolutely no time in getting right back into the game. Markayle
Williams scooped up the opening kickoff and 88 yards later he sprinted into
the end zone. The PAT was good by Gustavo Gomez and just like that the Devils
are in the game.In only got better moments later. The Devils chose to pooch
the ensuing kickoff and the Hawks misplayed it and the Devils recovered in
Hawk territory. A few plays later Coach David Daniell made one of the best
calls I have seen in quite a while.Facing 2ndand 15 at the Hawk
seventeen yard line, he called what I describe as a misdirection waggle pass
and Tyler Forrest caught the short pass and had nothing but 'green grass' in
front of him and he sprinted in. Gomez's PAT was once again good and the
Devils were now up 14-13 - and 'ole lady luck' had suddenly changed from blue
and gold to red and white!
The Devils actually got another chance to put
more distance between them and the Hawks but an untimely penalty backed the
Devils up outside the red zone and they could not score. From that point the two
teams traded punched for a couple of possessions. At that point early in the
4thquarter the Hawks went on a
dominating drive fueled by the outstanding running of their tailback - the kid
could play as the saying goes. The Hawks scored to make
it 19-13. A crucial play occurred next. The Hawks went for two and the receiver
was wide open and simply let the pass fall right through his hands.That left the
score at 19-13.
took the kickoff out to the 34 yard line.An illegal motion penalty backed
them up five yards on first down. Dontavious Grace, who had been injured
earlier in the game, ran for five yards on 1stand 15. Operating at
the original line of scrimmage, Grace took a handoff and behind great
blocking sprinted 66 yards for the go ahead TD. The PAT was no good and the
Devils led 20-19.But hold on, the excitement was just
The Hawks took
over with 8:56 remaining.
Both teams were feeling the effects of the oppressive heat and were showing
signs of exhaustion. Add to this the fact that the Devils had up to 5-6
freshman and several sophomores on the field at the same time. The Hawks
started driving.The precious seconds ticked away and it appeared that the
Devils simply could not stop the onslaught by the Hawks. Down the field they
came using primarily the ground game and biting off yards in chunks. From the
14 yard line and on 3rddown, freshman Dakota Sloan made a great,
leaping interception only to have it negated by a pass interference penalty
that was called on another Devil defender.That gave the Hawks a fresh set of
downs from the 7 yard line. They ran the ball inside the five on first down.
One second down the Devil defense stood up once again and stopped the runner
after a very short gain. On third down with under a minute to go, the Devils
appeared to send a 'sell out' blitz - couple this with the fact that the Hawk
fullback and quarterback collided in attempting the handoff and the Devils
were all over it and caused a five yard loss. With approximately 25 seconds
left the Hawks lined up for a chip shot field goal to win the
game.Incredibly, they took too much time and it backed them up another five
yards. The field goal sailed wide right and there was joy on the Hawkinsville
sideline! Earl Dupree kneeled on the ball one time and the game was
The stats -
unofficial and incomplete pending film review - show Tyler Forrest had 18
carries for 73 yards. Dontavious Grace had 4 rushes for 65 yards (net) and a
touchdown. Earl Dupree was 3/8/25 yds and 1 TD with the reception being made
by Forrest. Markayle had the long kickoff return for a TD. Defensively, Tyler
Forrest was the leading tackler while Josh Bembry and Tay Lawson also had
numerous tackles. Chance Warnock had a fumble recovery that appeared to be a
strip of the ball from the Hawk runner. Forrest and Dakota Sloan were
credited with passes broken up. Freshman Warren Singletary had a thunderous
sack of the quarterback. The young men on the interior line played great when
it was needed most.
win for these young Devils - come to Bobby Gentry Stadium next Friday night
to see them take on the Pacelli Vikings.
2011 - 2012 B-Team
2011 - 2012 PCMS Football
2012 Softball Schedule
The Red Devils hosted the
Bleckley County Royals at Bobby Gentry Stadium on Friday night for a preseason
scrimmage. A great crowd, considering the hot weather, was on hand
to witness the first action of the 2011 season.Much discretion is given to the coaches to
determine the format for the scrimmage; however Coach Cam Black and Coach Sam Barrs of
Bleckley opted to go with full, live game conditions including kickoffs.
The first half proved one
thing - turnovers are still the #1 enemy of any football team.The Royals fumbled an early
possession inside Devil territory.Moments later the Devils fumbled it right back after a
nifty 39 yard run.That seemed to open the flood gates and at the end of the first half the
Devils had some 5-6 turnovers plus a blocked punt.The Royals also turned it over a couple of
times.The score at half was 25-0 in favor of the Royals.
In the second half the Devils
went to junior stalwart Tyler Forrest who ended up being the Devils leading rusher for the
night. The second was played much closer and the Devils actually
controlled the clock and ball for much of the third quarter.The junior varsity players played
the fourth quarter and the final score was 32-0 Royals.
What do you take away from
this game?I choose to take the optimistic approach.The Devils started some numerous freshmen
and I am sure played several others.From experience, I can tell you the step from middle
school to high school ball is quite a leap.The speed of the game for these youngsters will
take some getting used to.One freshman, Dakota Sloan, came away with an interception in the
second half.This game against a larger school opponent provided much needed game experience
for all the Devils and especially the first time starters.I have not heard of any serious
injuries from the game and that certainly is a plus.We learned that the young Devil players
have to learn to protect the ball - fumbles and interceptions simply will cause you to get
beat.Those are very correctable.We learned that we need to work on special teams.Most
important we saw a young Devil squad play hard - and there is no substitute for
The Devils will get back to
the practice field this week and work on the mistakes from Friday night.They open region play
on August 26thagainst Central-Talbotton in Talbotton.
Go Big Red!!
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