Warren Central spring footballVikings rattle Ridgeland in spring game

Published 11:28 pm Friday, May 18, 2012

Warren Central showed some much-needed explosiveness in Friday’s spring game with Ridgeland.

Four quarterbacks combined to toss five touchdown passes — four of them for 50 yards or more — as Warren Central blasted Ridgeland 37-9 at Viking Stadium. The spring scrimmage concluded 15 days of work for the Vikings.

Now, third-year coach Josh Morgan hopes the success can spark a turnaround for the program that finished 1-10 last year. Having All-County wide receiver Kourey Davis back, along with sparkling newcomer Marcus Ragan, gives Morgan plenty to smile about.

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“We’re fortunate that we have some guys who can run,” Morgan said. “We just have to get the ball into their hands. They showed what they can do when they get into open space.”

Davis caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Carlisle Koestler on Warren Central’s first series of plays. Ragan followed by breaking loose for scores of 56 and 65 yards on TD tosses by Hunter Bell. Junior varsity quarterback Alex Stevens threw a 70-yard TD pass to Justin Williams.

In all, four quarterbacks went a combined 17-of-26 for 411 yards and five touchdowns. Morgan said the competition at quarterback remains wide open.

“It’s going to be a battle until August,” Morgan said. “They all got the ball out and you saw what a speed guy like Marcus Ragan can do. And Justin Williams is going to be fun to watch for the next three years.”

Eleven different players caught passes for the Vikings, but Davis led the way with five receptions for 93 yards. Ragan caught two for 121 yards and two TDs, while Trey Prentiss had two catches for 44 yards.

“We played great,” Davis said. “All the quarterbacks stepped up and threw the ball well. If we can get the ball, we’ll make plays.”

Warren Central’s defense showed promise as well. It limited Ridgeland, a team that advanced to the Class 5A semifinals last year, to only a 27-yard field goal by Alex Studdard to cap the Titans’ third series. Ridgeland’s only touchdown came on a 35-yard interception return by James King.

The Vikings forced three turnovers, including an interception return for a score by Davis on Ridgeland’s opening series. Bell also had a pick and defensive tackle Mack Thomas had a fumble recovery.

“It was good to see us get those turnovers,” Morgan said. “The best thing I saw from our defense is we didn’t see a lot of missed tackles. We’re a bigger, stronger team from a year ago and I credit our offseason program. Now, with the summer coming, we want to continue on with that. We’re going to be a better team.”

WC will open the season Aug. 17 against Brandon, in the Red Carpet Bowl at Viking Stadium. Vicksburg will play Pearl in the other Red Carpet Bowl game.