The Tattnall County Warriors have had a successful preseason, coming away with victories.
On August 5, 2022, the Warriors traveled to Milledgeville and won their scrimmage against Baldwin County, 7-0. On August 11, Tattnall took the trip to Pembroke to play in the jamboree with Bryan County and Johnson County. Once again, the Warriors came away victorious by defeating Johnson, 14-0, and Bryan, 7-0, in their respective match ups.
The Warrior offense set the tone early in the first period against Johnson County after a hard seven-yard run by David Hill. Several players from both teams got into a little pushing and shoving. An unsportsmanlike penalty was called on both sides, as clearer heads prevailed. The teams were separated quickly, and play resumed. This seemed to inspire the Warrior sideline.
Tattnall would later cap the drive with a three-yard touchdown run by Hill. The PAT gave Tattnall a 7-0 lead.
The Warrior defense held Johnson County in check on their possession. The half ended with a vicious blindside sack of the Trojan quarterback by Tattnall’s senior linebacker, Josiah Anderson. The defeating hit brought “ooohs” and “ahhhs” from the crowd. Keegun Moore scooped up the ball and raced untouched for a Warrior touchdown off Anderson’s sack, sending the score to 14-0.
That sealed the deal, and the Warriors would later scrimmage the home team, Bryan County.
Against the Redskins, Tattnall County once again got their running game in gear. The Warriors would go on a 13-play drive into the end zone from two yards out to give Tattnall a 7-0 lead. Key to the drive was hard running by Jeremiah Mayner, Xavier Friendly, and David Hill. The offensive line got movement up front to keep the chains moving.
The Redskins then took over from their own 30-yard line. Tattnall quickly forced a three and out. Bryan County punted, and the Warriors took over from their own 43-yard line. From there, Tattnall was able to gain a couple of first downs, primarily behind the running of Aaron Proctor. The quarter came to an end with the Warriors at the Redskins’ 35-yard line. Tattnall clinched both wins, although no stats were taken.
“I was really pleased with how we played in this scrimmage and against Baldwin last week. We made a few adjustments from the Baldwin game, and the guys responded well,” Head Coach Isaac Ferrell said. “We like to establish the run, and that is our identity. The kids have bought in. Our offensive line played very well. They controlled the line of scrimmage, and our backs: David Hill, Jeremiah Mayner, Xavier Friendly, and Aaron Proctor, all ran hard and physical. I know a lot of people say, ‘They want to see us throw it around,’ but we will add more downfield passing in to out attack as we go along. The defense did an outstanding job. Coach Roderick Williams is doing a great job with that unit. We look forward to having another good week of practice and get ready for Claxton to come into the Badlands.
Tattnall County must now get ready for the regular season. The Warriors host rival Claxton High School this Friday, August 19, in the Badlands, and the scores count.