The year was 1971.
A gallon of gas (leaded) cost 40 cents. A Datsun sports car cost $1,866. The average cost of a new home was $25,250. Mailing a letter cost 8 cents. A movie ticket was $1.50. The only Disney attraction was in California. The first microprocessor and first pocket calculator are released. Email, diskettes, and LCDs are invented.
And Warren County last defeated our Devils on November 12, 1971. That game would be the final one with Thomas Bunch as head coach. He promoted his young red-headed assistant, hired to be a baseball coach, to be the head football coach. That young man would get his first football win on September 15, 1972, against those same Devils. The 27-10 win was the first over Warren County since 1964, with Warren County winning state titles in 1965, 1966, and 1968. Some say that had it not been for Warren County, our Devils may have won 2 or 3 more state titles.
Warren County fans say the same about our Devils. Had it not been for some of our teams, the Screaming Devils may have won more titles.
Warren County will be trying to end that 34-game, 38-year winless streak this Friday in Lincolnton.
The Screaming Devils' head coach the last 3 years moved down the road to Washington, with Warrenton native and longtime assistant Marleau Blount taking over. Warren County is 4-5 this season, and will be the #4 seed going into the playoffs. They have victories over Landmark Christian, Aquinas, and Hancock Central, but lost a close game to Washington-Wilkes, 21-18, last Friday.
The Warrenton team returned 8 on offense and 7 on defense from a team that gave state champion Wesleyan a tough game in the opening round of the 2008 playoffs. QB Tay Erwin is their best player on a team that is fast and athletic. Warren County won the Class A track title last spring. Erwin was part of the winning 400-meter relay team, and running back Colby Reynolds won the 100 and 200 meters; both are juniors. Other outstanding players are Frank Ivey, Devars David, Dontracus Dozier, Steven Burley, Cedrick Bacon, Javier Lowe, and Mark Tobsy.
Kickoff is set for 7:30. Please be there early to help honor our seniorr on Senior Recognition Night.