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Warner Robins uses big plays on defense, special teams to blast Cross Creek

Warner Robins running back Javian Bradford-Jackson breaks away from Cross Creek defender Freddie Walker in action Friday night.
Warner Robins running back Javian Bradford-Jackson breaks away from Cross Creek defender Freddie Walker in action Friday night.

WARNER ROBINS -- Warner Robins used some explosive plays both defensively and on special teams to overwhelm a mistake-prone Cross Creek team on its way to a 41-6 GHSA Region 2-AAAAA victory Friday night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

The Demons’ defense forced six turnovers, including four interceptions. Senior playmaker Marquez Callaway intercepted the first two Cross Creek pass attempts of the night, returning the first 40 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring.

After Cross Creek (1-2, 0-2 Region 2-AAAAA) managed its only touchdown of the contest, junior kick returner Michael Bradley took the ensuing kickoff 87 yards to the end zone for a 34-6 advantage.

Warner Robins (3-0, 2-0) cashed in a late Razorbacks turnover on their own 1-yard line to put another touchdown on the board and ensure a running clock for the entire second half.

“It’s hard to tell (how well we played),” Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way said. “We got a bunch of big plays and turnovers. It was a good win. We’re glad to win, but we understand that we’ve got to play a lot better.”

Warner Robins’ offense was shaky at best despite the big victory. The Demons entered the game averaging 477.5 yards per contest, but had just 133 yards in the first half, all coming on the ground

A passing attack that had been effective in the first two games never developed against Cross Creek as the Demons finished 0-for-5 passing with two interceptions.

Running back Javian Bradford-Jackson rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries after racking up 172 and 205 yards, respectively, against Peach County and Greenbrier.

“We weren’t very sharp on offense, that’s for sure, but it’s hard to complain when you’re up 41-6 at halftime and you’re playing the JV whole second half,” Way said.

Warner Robins will now turn its attention to a big rivalry showdown with Houston County on Friday night. Both teams enter the contest at 2-0 in region play. The Bears beat the Demons 62-30 a season ago.

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