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Defense, attitude key in Warner Robins' resurgence

Warner Robins runs through the banner prior to their season-opener against Northside at McConnell Talbert Stadium. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, GA -- No team had more of a chip on their shoulder following the 2016 football season than Warner Robins.

"The standard around here is not 3-8," said Head Coach Mike Chastain. "The standard is city championships, region championships, state championships. We got a couple national championships, and we're just excited about that."

Coming off one of their worst seasons in school history, the Demons (3-0) are on a mission showing last year was a fluke.

"We're not that team from last year, we're better than what we were," said Senior Lineman Christian Armstrong. "We're going to prove why we think we're better than that and why the city is called Warner Robins, Georgia for a reason."

The Demons have already put their stamp on the city this season scoring an opening-week victory over rival Northside. Following last week's classic win at #3 Peach County, the program is trending in the right direction under Chastain.

"When things are going good, it's easier for the morale to be up and the spirits to be up around the football team," Chastain said.

Most headlines have praised the Demons for their high-potent offense. Through three games, Warner Robins has proven they can win with defense; which wasn't nearly the case a year ago. Warner Robins gave up on average 34 points per game last season. That number has dropped to 18 ppg which is even more impressive considering the amount of series per game the defense plays.

"With the style of offense we play, we put a lot of pressure on our defense," Chastain said. "I'm really proud of our defense. Our defense has stepped up a lot at crucial times."

Warner Robins is still finding their identity which hopefully embodies one of a championship contender.

"Years before we haven't done as well," Armstrong said. "We haven't made it past the first round of playoffs is a big achievement but we obviously want to go further than that."

The standard hasn't wavered at Warner Robins, nor is it expected.

"We're trying to get it back to the way things used to be around here," Chastain said.

Warner Robins has a bye week. They'll return to action next Friday night at Freedom Field against rival Houston County.

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