50 in 50: Warner Robins

Warner Robins has won 20 games the past two years, including making a state semifinal appearance in 2011.

Seven starters return on offense in 2013 for Warner Robins, which went 9-3 last year. The difference between a good year and an extraordinary one was slight; all three losses were by 10 points or less.

The Demons scored more than 30 points seven times last year, when they topped 40 four times and 50 twice, and among those returning starters are

It follows that making the playoffs would be the minimum expectation, and the Demons appear to have the firepower to make that happen.

QB Caden Johnston (831 yards passing, 236 rushing) and leading rusher Danny Hite Jr. (1,141 yard rushing) return, as does 6-foot-3, 305-lb. lineman Jermaine Abron, probably the highest-profile recruit on the team.

Way, who has compiled a 68-37-1 record in nine seasons. “At the end of the year last year he did a good job running for us. He got hurt in the playoffs and that hurt us a little bit.”

The biggest loss on the offensive side of the ball is RB/WR Deanthony Mack, who as a senior last fall rushed for 657 yards and four touchdowns while catching 23 passes for 400 yards and six TDs. Mack was the team’s leading receiver and second-leading rusher.

Even so, with Johnston back, perhaps the passing attack will be expanded.

“It’ll depend on how our receivers develop,” Way said. “We’re not averse to throwing the ball, but we want to catch it and do something with it.”

While replacing Mack looks to be the biggest challenge on offense, the defense faces multiple challenges, though depth at running back gives him the luxury of using players both ways without as much risk of wearing them out.

“We just want to make sure we’ve got the best 11 players on the field,” Way said.

Warner Robins runs a 3-5-3 scheme, an unusual way to line up, but one Way says adapts well to defending variations on the wing-T offenses run by many schools now.

“With all the things you see in the spread offense that it’s a little bit easier to make adjustments,” Way said.

One of the focal points of spring practice will be to settle on the right players in the secondary, where CB Dyvonte Collins returns. The two other spots, including one vacated by all-state CB Rod Harris, will be up for grabs.

Warner Robins Demons

2012 record: 9-3, 6-1 Region 2-AAAAA, lost to Harris County in the state playoffs second round

Starters returning: 7 offense; 4 defense

Key players lost: WR/DB DeAnthony Mack, OL Brian Cornish, OL Brock Harrell, OLB Kyle Priser, CB Rod Harris.

Key players returning: OL/DL Jermaine Abron, RB Danny Hite, Jr., QB Caden Johnston, CB Dyvonte Collins, RB Reggie Gordon Jacquan.

Spring practice dates: May 1-16

Schedule: Aug. 30 at Veterans, Sept. 13 Peach County, Sept. 20 Douglas County, Sept. 27 at Evans, Oct. 4 at Jones County, Oct. 11 Greenbrier, Oct. 18 at Houston County, Oct. 25 Grovetown, Nov. 1 Northside-Warner Robins, Nov. 8 at Lakeside-Evans.

Outlook: The Demons return a lot of weapons from an offense that scored 34.5 points per game in 2012, so the firepower should be there for another playoff appearance.

19 comments Add your comment

Max Sizemore

April 18th, 2013
9:09 am

Come on, Jay. The wing-T is nothing like the spread offenses being run today.

Max Sizemore

April 18th, 2013
9:11 am

The wing-T is something like this:

O O O X O O O
O O
O O

Max Sizemore

April 18th, 2013
9:11 am

Well, OK, that didn’t work. But football people know what I mean.

coach

April 18th, 2013
9:53 am

max,
there are so many variations of the wing-t. shotgun wing-t, spread shotgun, jet, rocket, read option, counter and power options, etc. it’s all gap-scheme blocking spreading out the defense. the 3-5-3 can match formations with the most inventive variation of the spread, even including offenses that spread you out just to run the ball

it has been developed in to so many variations it’s tough to keep up. a team could come out in what looks like a spread formation but run basic wing-t backfield action and blocking rules.

Demons 4 Life

April 18th, 2013
12:02 pm

Watch out 4 Marquez Callaway he is a future superstar…

WarEagle

April 18th, 2013
12:29 pm

If you run the 3-5-3, you better have stud DLs and active linebackers who do not sit in their stack position too long. If those interior 6 players are not excellent, then the running game will kill you. Georgia Military has done pretty well running that defense for many years.

yo

April 18th, 2013
12:51 pm

Dear Max they averaged 35 points a game. Who cares what they run?

Gamer

April 18th, 2013
1:35 pm

Still, the same results: Northside Eagles 24 Warner Robins 17.

Demon Profess

April 18th, 2013
2:00 pm

I wondered why the Demons lost so early in the playoffs last year.

Demon Professor

April 18th, 2013
2:03 pm

Bump the nerdside beagles! LET’S GO DEMON’S!

Demons 4 Life

April 18th, 2013
2:14 pm

@ Gamer Same results for Chokeside as well….

Demon Fan

April 18th, 2013
7:53 pm

Demon Profess, we lost to Harris County last year because of special teams

Demon Fan

April 18th, 2013
7:53 pm

Demon Profess, we lost to Harris County last year because of special teams

Northside Dawg

April 19th, 2013
4:53 pm

I see the Demons get 2 weeks to prepare for Peach County again.

Another Demon Fan

April 20th, 2013
1:10 pm

Nerdside Pup-Demons don’t take 2 weeks to prepare for anybody. Off week is spent working on fundamentals, correcting mistakes, and trying to get better.

Northside Dawg

April 20th, 2013
2:06 pm

Another Southside Fan: Rationalize it however you want, but I bet Coach Way is glad he has the 2 weeks to prepare for the Trojans.

FootballTopFan(c)

April 21st, 2013
3:46 pm

FootballTopFan(c) would like to congratulate the Warner Robins Demons and Head Coach Bryan Way on a good season last year !!!

The Demons have a high powered offense that puts points on the scoreboard.

Warner Robins should be a top Class AAAAA contender this season.

Football Top Fan loves high school football.

blu eagle

April 21st, 2013
3:57 pm

I wish W. robins well in every other game but 1.It is tough being 2nd fiddle but w.r. has held their own.

Double Standard

April 23rd, 2013
11:20 am

“We just want to make sure we’ve got the best 11 players on the field,” Way said…………..Finally !!!!!!!!!