Vikings pile up the points against Greenville

Published 1:06 am Saturday, October 3, 2015

Warren Central piled up the points from all sides Friday night against Greenville, and won 63-36 in their homecoming game.

The Vikings scored two defensive touchdowns, returned a punt and a blocked punt for a score, and got multiple rushing touchdowns from D.J. Knight and DeMarcus Jones to win their fifth consecutive game and improve to 2-0 in Region 2-6A.

It’s the first time Warren Central has scored at least 60 points in a game since beating Natchez 63-6 on Sept. 17, 2004.

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“It helps the score; find a way to win and find a way to help our team win so we’re glad to see that,” Vikings coach Josh Morgan said. “It wasn’t as sharp as we liked it to be but we came out healthy and got the win.”

Knight ran the ball eight times for 102 yards and two short-yardage touchdowns. Jones added three touchdowns — two rushing and an 80-yard punt return with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter.

Byron Galvin recovered a blocked punt in the end zone on Greenville’s opening drive, and Talaferro Bass returned a fumble on a scoop-and-score with eight minutes left in the second quarter to put Warren Central ahead 28-0.

Warren Central has scored seven touchdowns on defense and special teams this season.

“I feel like we are” a balanced team, Morgan said. “I feel like that’s our strength. Our kicking game again has been really good for us. We’re becoming a complete ball club and we’ll need that moving forward.”

In addition to the touchdowns, Kamren Ellis had an interception for Warren Central, and the lopsided score allowed Morgan to give a lot of players playing time.

“We played pretty good. Got a bunch of young guys in the ballgame for a little bit of experience so we’re pleased with that,” Morgan said.

Erick Grossley scored the first two touchdowns for Greenville (0-7, 0-2 Region 2-6A), on receptions of 29 and 33 yards in the second quarter. The Hornets missed a two-point try after the first touchdown, but converted the second to go into halftime down 28-14. WC pulled away in the second half.

Greenville had issues at the line of scrimmage managing the game clock, holding onto snaps and following its own snap count.

The whistle was blown five times for delay of game penalties on the Hornets in the first half. Two false starts cost them another 10 yards.

Warren Central will go on the road next week to face Madison Central (4-3, 1-1) in the first of three crucial region games over the next four weeks.

Madison Central beat Murrah 44-13 on Friday night.