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Rome downs WR to win second straight state championship 38-0

Warner Robins fans turned out for big game

Warner Robins High School fans fill the MAC and hope their Demons can beat Rome High School in state championship football game.
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Warner Robins High School fans fill the MAC and hope their Demons can beat Rome High School in state championship football game.

The Rome Wolves won their 27th consecutive game in convincing fashion as they defeated Warner Robins by a final score of 38-0 in the GHSA 5A State Championship game.

Warner Robins battled the entire first quarter to keep Rome scoreless, but the Wolves scored 21 points in the second quarter to take a comfortable lead.

Rome dominated the first half, holding the Demons to only 52 yards, while the Wolves had 252 yards in the half. It only got worse in the second half as Warner Robins only gained just over 100 yards of total offense very late in the game.

Warner Robins was dealt its first loss of the year and ends the season at 14-1.

Three who mattered

Jamious Griffin: The junior running back for Rome ended the game with 91 yards rushing and 22 yards receiving and also scored a touchdown.

Knox Kadum: Rome’s junior quarterback threw for 92 yards and rushed for another 69 as he was the leader of an attack that ended the game with over 350 yards of offense.

Jabari Miller: The score could have been even worse at the half, but Miller stepped in front of a Kadum pass for an interception late in the second quarter to stop a scoring drive by Rome.

Turning Point

Warner Robins defense battled hard in the first quarter and did not give up any points, despite being on the field for 22 plays in the quarter. Rome took the opening kickoff and kept the ball for 15 plays but missed a field goal, and after Warner Robins went three and out on their first possession, Rome kept the ball for seven more plays before Warner Robins defense stiffened. But that all changed early in the second quarter when Trai Hodges stepped in front of a Dylan Fromm pass and ran it back for 80 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown got Rome going and they added two offensive touchdowns in the quarter.

They said it

Warner Robins head coach Mike Chastain on the season: “I am so proud of these kids and how they played the entire year. We just didn’t make any plays in this game.”

Chastain on the 35 Warner Robins seniors who played their last high school football game: “They are special kids and it is very hard to get to this point in the season where they are playing for a state championship.”

Chastain on the resurgence of Warner Robins football: “We are getting closer to where we want to be but we just have to keep grinding.”

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