Big-play Eagles open with 46-22 win over Northern
Big plays made the difference for Warren County Friday as the Eagles rolled to a 46-22 win over Northern Vance (0-2) in their season opener.The Vikings turned the ball over seven times as the teams combined for 11 giveaways.
Warren County's Jaquan Jones started the game with a return of about 90 yards for touchdown on the opening kick and later took it the distance from 63 yards out on a fake punt in the fourth quarter.
Before Jones’ second score, Warren County defensive lineman Tymear Diggs scooped up a Viking fumble and took it 45 yards for a score with 2:03 to play in the third quarter.
Warren County’s Antonio Thompson followed Jones’ fake punt score with a 70-yard interception return for touchdown to make it 38-6.
Warren County finished with 317 yards from the line of scrimmage. Chris Privett led the team with 78 yards rushing and quarterback Kaelen Evans had 74.
Down 38-6, Northern Vance responded against the Eagle’s defensive reserves with two big runs of 47 and 32 yards from Tamaj Bullock to get within 16 points.
The Vikings recovered a Brooks Faulkner onside kick to set up the second Bullock run.
But Warren County capped a 42-yard drive with another touchdown as Devonte Hargrove pounced on Evans’ fumble in the end zone.
Evans scored on a run of 5 yards late in the first half before Jones ran in the two-point conversion to put the Eagles up 16-6.
Northern Vance’s opening touchdown came from Devin Anderson on a 42-yard run. The two-point run failed.
Anderson had 78 rushing yards and Bullock finished with 87.
Evans was 1-of-5 for six yards for Warren County and Northern quarterback Kris Haywood was 3-of-14 for 50 yards with three interceptions.
Warren County hosts Harrells Christian Academy next week while Northern entertains Franklinton.
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