Warriors fall to experienced Thunderbirds
Sept. 28, 2017
By Andrew Clark
For the second week in a row, the Russell County Warrior football team had to face a team whose quarterback has already committed to play Division I football. This week, it was the Park Crossing Thunderbirds and their star quarterback Cam Taylor making the trip to Seale, Ala.
The Warriors came into the game ready for the challenge, but struggled to stop the offensive attack from the Thunderbirds. By the end of the first quarter, the Thunderbirds were in control of the game and leading 13-0.
The Warriors had a glimpse of hope in the second quarter, recovering a fumble at their own 31. The ensuing drive looked promising, as the Warriors moved the ball down to Park Crossing’s 24-yard-line. The drive would stall there as Russell County was unable to convert on a 4th and 3.
By halftime, the Thunderbird’s lead had grown to 20-0 as they overpowered the smaller Russell County team. In the end, the Warriors would fall 35-0 and drop to 2-3 on the season.
Despite the final score, head coach Dwight Jones said that he felt that his team played better physically against a big and physical football team.
The Warriors next challenge will be on the road at Chilton County (0-4). Coach Jones was not concerned with motivation for his team as they are focused on the goals that they set at the beginning of the season. He said, “We need to get a win. We need to tighten this thing back up at 3-3 and then our two main goals--have a winning season and go to the state playoffs--are still in front of us.”
Russell County will look to get healthy this week, as they has several players with minor injuries after two very physical football games. Coach Jones stated that they would not be changing anything in preparation this week and will instead focus on getting everyone back to a hundred percent.
Park Crossing-8 play, 70 yard touchdown drive, XP good, 0-7
Park Crossing-14 play, 60 yard touchdown drive, XP no good, 0-13
Park Crossing-4 play, 58 yard touchdown drive, XP good, 0-20
Park Crossing-5 play, 33 yard touchdown drive, XP good, 0-27
Park Crossing-2 play, 58 yard touchdown drive, 2 pt conversion good, 0-35
Warriors lose to Tallassee
Aug. 31, 2017
By Andrew Clark
Fall was in the air on Friday night as Russell County kicked off its football season by traveling to Tallassee to face off against the Tallassee High School Tigers. In year two of the Dwight Jones era, Russell County is looking to improve its 1-9 record from 2016.
The Warriors appeared to be in trouble early, going down 15-0 late in the first quarter. However, this edition of Warrior football showed grit and determination. They fought back with a five-play, 56-yard touchdown drive as time expired in the first quarter.
Then as time wound down in the second quarter, the Warriors intercepted a batted ball and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked, leaving the Warriors trailing 15-14.
Shortly after halftime, Russell County Superintendent Brenda Coley praised the Warriors’ new look.
“I definitely think we are going in a positive direction. It just took a win to build the kids’ self-confidence. They worked hard all summer. It’s very encouraging. Win or lose, I just see so much improvement,” she said.
The defense took over the second half, with no one scoring again until late in the fourth quarter when the Tigers extended their lead to 21-14. Russell County had a chance for a late drive, but penalties stalled the drive.
Coach Dwight Jones said after the game that he was proud of his team’s effort, but the players didn’t run the ball as well as he felt they should have.
His focus was already turning towards next week. He told his team that they would find out what kind of character they have on Monday.
“What do we do on Monday? Do we come ready to go to work or do we come and whine? We can’t let Tallassee beat us twice,” he told the team.
Jones said that they will not change anything in preparation for tomorrow night’s game and he is looking forward to the Warriors’ first home game of the season.
“Thank God we’re at home. It’ll be fun to be home and I think we will have a good crowd,” he said.
The Warriors will host Valley High School tomorrow, hoping to avenge the crushing 21-20 loss from last year.