WC lays waste to Greenville

Published 1:33 am Saturday, October 1, 2016

One of Warren Central’s biggest concerns going into Friday night’s game was just how seriously it would take a resurgent Greenville team it has manhandled for the past five years.

The answer was, “Pretty darn seriously,” and it showed.

The Vikings scored on their first six offensive possessions and posted a season-high point total in beating Greenville 56-34.

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Jesse Wilson threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Vikings, who have scored at least 35 points against Greenville every time out during a six-game winning streak in the series.

“I was very proud of the way we handled everything. We played a really good first half, and we were able to get some other guys some work,” Warren Central coach Josh Morgan said. “We played really well on offense. I was really proud of our guys’ seriousness and their approach to the game.”

Wilson threw touchdown passes of 15 and 25 yards to Shonterrance Walton in the first quarter, and Walton also returned a punt 50 yards for a score to give the Vikings a 21-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Wilson added a 45-yard rushing touchdown and a TD pass to Joe Shorter in the second quarter, and Shorter also ran in for a score as the Vikings built a 42-12 halftime lead. Wilson’s fourth touchdown pass, to Demarcus Jones, made it 49-12 early in the third quarter and Warren Central started pulling its starters after that.

Jones did tack on a 20-yard TD run before his night was through, and also had two interceptions on defense.

Five different receivers also caught passes for the Vikings, who have had problems getting anyone other than Jones and Walton involved in the passing game.

“It was our best offensive game of the year, by far. We were throwing it very well. We were very balanced,” Morgan said.

Warren Central (6-0, 2-0 Region 2-6A) remained one of only three undefeated teams — along with Clinton and Tupelo — in Class 6A, while Greenville’s record dropped to 3-4 (1-1 in region play).
Warren Central will host Madison Central next week in a rematch of a Class 6A playoff game from last year.

“It’s a district game, and they all carry the same weight,” Morgan said of beating Greenville. “It sets us up to face another playoff team next week.”