JAMES CITY – Bruton High's football team wasn't playing the way most people expected Friday night. Neither was Warhill.
Tied 8-8 at the end of a lightning-delayed first quarter, the Panthers (2-3, 1-3 Bay Rivers District) went on to score 32 unanswered points to upend Warhill (3-2, 2-2) 40-8 at Wanner Stadium.
Bruton's defense forced four turnovers, intercepting the only pass the Lions attempted and limiting Warhill to five first downs and total offense of 132 yards.
Warhill star Devonte Dedmon suffered a blow to the stomach in the first half and didn’t return. The Lions didn't recover.
On the night, Kapri Doucet led Bruton with 11 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns. In all, the Panthers amassed 480 rushing yards to Warhill's 132.
The Lions got on the board first as Seth Thompson completed a 43-yard pass to Kennedy Barbour for a touchdown, then ran for a two-point conversion. Warhill never paid another visit to the Bruton endzone.
On Bruton’s ensuing possession, Kajoun Johnson capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown dash. Doucet ran for a tying two-point conversion.
The Panthers made the most of the final two minutes of the first half, racking up three more touchdowns. With 1:51 to go, Doucet broke free for a 55-yard scorng run. When Warhilll fumbled on its next possession, the Panthers responded with a 12-yard touchdown run by Elijah Rice and a 20-8 Bruton lead.
It got worse for Warhill when a punt snap sailed over the head of 6-foot-8 Parker Osterloh. The Panthers recovered, then Doucet scored on a 7-yard run and a 26-8 cushion.
Turnovers continued to haunt the Lions in the second half. With 8:09 remaining in the third quarter, Rice intercepted a Thompson pass. That set up another Bruton score. On third down, Johnson ran it in from 1-yard out, with Peter McReynolds kincking the extra point.
Warhill's third and final fumble led to another Bruton score. With four minutes remaining in the third period, Doucet ran 7 yards for a touchdown and McReynolds’ kick made it 40-8.