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Warner Robins seals region championship

Warner Robins running back Jarius Burnette (20) leaps over Bainbridge defenders for a touchdown during their game Friday night.
Warner Robins running back Jarius Burnette (20) leaps over Bainbridge defenders for a touchdown during their game Friday night. jvorhees@macon.com

Two plays into Friday night’s game, the Warner Robins Demons found themselves down six to Bainbridge. The defense didn’t allow another score the rest of the night and their offense was clicking behind quarterback Dylan Fromm. The Demons cruised to a 35-6 win over the Bearcats. The victory allowed Warner Robins to capture the GHSA region 5A-1 championship and a 10-0 regular season.

Three who mattered

Dylan Fromm: The Warner Robins quarterback threw for 314 yards and was efficient completing 27 of his 34 passes. He placed the ball in a position where only his guy could get it and made plays with his feet when the pressure broke down.

Bobby Kelly: The Bainbridge offense looked to be heading towards a touchdown on a halfback pass that fell through the receiver’s hands. Two plays later Kelly made them pay for not scoring as he intercepted the ball that all but sealed the game for the Demons.

Jarius Burnett: The Warner Robins offense looked balanced with Burnett scoring a pair of touchdowns on the ground. A big turning point in the game came when Burnett took the hand off on fourth and goal for a touchdown by shrugging off multiple defenders with a spin move.

Observations

Fromm to Fromm is magic: The brothers just seem to know what the other is thinking. On multiple occasions, Dylan would hoist the ball up in the air and Tyler would make an acrobatic grab to pull it down.

Defense wins championships: It is an old cliche for a reason. The Demon defense never allowed the Bearcats to get going after that opening drive. They swarm to the ball and play coverage without drawing the penalties.

Bainbridge blitz: In the second half, the Bearcats defense disrupted the rhythm of Fromm by consistently bringing pressure. He ran for his life in the second half after having all day to throw in the first. If they had dialed up the pressure earlier it could have been a much closer game.

Turning point

After the Bearcats took the opening kickoff to the 45 yard line and then handing the ball off to Dameon Pierce for a 55 yard run on the first play from scrimmage they were shut out the rest of the way. Back to back touchdowns by Warner Robins had them reeling. The dagger was a Fromm to Fromm connection near the end of the first quarter that put the game out of reach.

They said it

Warner Robins head coach Mike Chastain on his team’s performance: “I told the guys before the game that this was one of the first times all year where I felt everybody was all in, no selfish play at. It was a really good team performance. We came out hot in the first half.”

Chastain on his senior leadership: “The seniors stepped up big. We got a great group of seniors, 35 of them, and they played big.”

Chastain on rebounding from being down early: “Our guys are so resilient. They have been down before all year and they know that we just gone keep playing.”

Chastain on the next step: “We got to take it day by day. Our motto around here is ‘Today is the day’. We just got to keep winning each day. If we do that then we are going to be fine.”

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