The countdown to High School football's season opening kickoff takes place next week on August 24th. So many teams in Central Georgia are capping off their preseason camps with scrimmages against other teams to simulate game day conditions.
Thursday night the Warner Robins Demons hosted the Rutland Hurricanes for a friendly to gauge just how much each team is ready for the real version of Football Friday Nights.
The Demons enter the game with a lot to prove, Coach Bryan Way has to replace 32 seniors from last years squad that finished 11-3 and in the final four. Junior tailback Danny Hite Jr. is all the way turned up. He hits the trap and weaves in and out for a 55 yard touchdown to strike first 7 - 0.
On the other side of the ball for the visitors, Coach George Collins brings in a Canes crowd that was 2-8 last season but this year returns 14 starters and are led by quarterback Darren Tucker who throws the ball well in the first half and ends up in the end zone with a pass to Shakenneth Williams.
The score is 7-6 after a missed extra point but the Demons pull away to win this one 35-20. But its opportunities on the field like this that Coach Way and Collins say make both teams better for the season.
Way says, "I just hope we play with great effort, hard and play tough if we do those things usually the score takes care of itself. We just got to get a lot more consistent in the things that we do. "
Collins agrees, "Pleased with the effort. That's one of the things we told them tonight what were looking for. We're looking for how much you've learned and how far you can go. And if we get the effort then we can coach and hopefully get better results."
Rutland opens up August 31st at 7:30 against Southwest at Henderson. While the Demons host Veterans at McConnell Talbert on the same date and time.