WARNER ROBINS -- The Warner Robins Demons were ready to play regardless of the time kickoff was set for.
A late arriving bus delayed Richmond Academy’s departure from Augusta on Saturday morning, forcing the initial 4 p.m. kickoff to be pushed back to 5:30 p.m.. But it had no effect whatsoever on the Demons as they rolled to a 42-0 victory.
“This was a big win, and I’m proud of our players and coaching staff,” Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way said. “Saturday games are already tough to play, but then it gets pushed back and out of whack, but our coaching staff did a great job of keeping the guys focused and ready to play. It was a very good win.”
Way wanted his team to bounce back and be efficient after scoring just 14 points while suffering its first loss of the season to Houston County last week.
And bounce back it did as Warner Robins (4-1, 3-1 GHSA Region 2-AAAAA) scored early and often with quarterback Ivan Corbin and running back Javian Bradford-Jackson leading the way. On the Demons’ opening series, Corbin capped a 10-play drive in less than three minutes with a 8-yard scoring run, and Bradford-Jackson ended the Demons’ second drive with a 5-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.
Bradford-Jackson racked up 144 yards on just 13 carries, all in the first half, and scampered in for a 9-yard touchdown to push the Demons’ lead to 21-0 before finally breaking loose through the middle of Richmond Academy’s defense for a 48-yard touchdown run to stretch the Warner Robins lead to 35-0 just before halftime.
Corbin, meanwhile, was also efficient through the air, completing 10-of-15 passes for 162 yards, connecting with receiver Marquez Callaway seven times for 96 yards.
Warner Robins running back Jarius Burnett added a late touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard run.
“You always want to get back on the field after a loss,” Way said. “You want to get the bad taste out of your mouth as soon as you can. I’m just so proud of our team. (The offensive line) well, they didn’t play well last week, that’s for sure, and I hope they came out a little (angry) and with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder, and I thought they did.”
As well as the offense played, the Demons’ defense was just as dominant in the shutout, holding Richmond Academy to 36 rushing yards in the first half, which certainly pleased Way.
“I thought our defense played great,” Way said. “We didn’t give (Richmond Academy) anything by not being in position, and I thought that was key. We can take that and move forward off of a great win.”