Warner Robins storms past Peach County

jheeter@macon.comSeptember 13, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Caden Johnston didn’t enjoy the previous two meetings he had with the Peach County Trojans.

Johnston’s Demons lost each of the past two years by a combined six points.

There was no such heartbreak Friday night.

The Demons (2-0) rolled up 504 yards of offense -- 387 coming on the ground -- in a 54-21 romp over the Trojans at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

“It’s almost like payback,” said Johnston, the Demons' quarterback. “It’s sweet, especially to beat them by the margin we did. ...Props to them for the rest of the season. I hope they go win a state championship. That was a big win for our morale and a confidence boost for our team.”

The Demons became the fourth school to score more than 50 points against the Trojans, and it was the most points allowed by Peach County or its predecessor Fort Valley High since 1947.

Jacquan Burns rushed for 138 yards, and Danny Hite Jr. added 127 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in the victory. Johnston added 117 yards passing.

“I thought we had improved some in the off week and during this week in practice,” Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way said.

Greg Williams led the Trojans with 338 yards passing, with 148 going to Saire Davis and 141 to Tyler Gibson.

The Demons didn’t start the way they closed.

They settled for field goals on three of their first four possessions -- Matt Monday made four in the game -- and struggled to finish off drives.

The offense starting rolling following Monday’s third field goal, which kicked off a run of 20 unanswered points for the Demons, who led 26-7 at the half.

Peach County (1-2) remained in the game with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Gibson on the third play of the third quarter.

The Trojans forced a three-and-out and were poised to get the ball back down just 12 early in the third quarter, but a roughing the punter penalty extended the drive for Warner Robins.

The Demons scored seven plays later on a 9-yard run by Hite Jr.

Peach County would close the gap to 12 points again following a 49-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Davis with 3:57 left to play, but that would be as close as the Trojans would get.

Warner Robins scored three unanswered touchdowns to close the game, with Jacob Jamerson kicking off the run on a 2-yard dive late in the third quarter.

“You don’t ever want to think this, but I knew it was going to take a little time,” Peach County head coach Chad Campbell said. “It’s game three, and we’ve got to start seeing a little better results. They’re not first time starters any more.”

Jane Hammond of the Center for Collaborative Journalism contributed to this report.

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