Warner had two outings with 15 or more tackles and the team won the games it needed to for a postseason berth. Northeast went on the road and upset Gautier High when quarterback Maurice Langston and other piled up over 40 points. Lawrence County was the opponent in the second round and ended the Trojans' campaign with a 5-7 final mark.
"One of my own personal goals is help the team get back there," Warner said. "Everyone is shooting for a playoff spot. We should be pretty good. We've got Maurice coming back and some really good runners, too. We should be able to score some points and the defense is planning to come together on their side of the ball."
"Florida State sent me a letter with a questionnaire and I replied," he said. "They asked me if I wanted to come down there and look at the campus. I went down there with my parents. The campus and facilities are awesome. It's really first-class.
"I went to a camp at Southern Miss and liked their set-up, too. But, aside from a little interest from them, I haven't heard much from USM, State or Ole Miss. I haven't gone to any camps so far this summer."
Samford wants Warner, an academic honor student, to play for them. Warner carries a 4.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and has already proven that he would fit into a Division I-AA or lower program. His high GPA is a result of enrollment in several AP courses, each of which earns an hour of college credit.
Aside from his classroom excellence, Warner excels in the weightroom. His maximums include 445 pounds in the squat, 340 in the bench press and 265 in the power clean.
"I've heard from Millsaps, Belhaven and several other smaller schools," Warner said. "I know I could make it academically and I know I could earn playing time at any of those schools. My goal is to earn a Division I scholarship but I would be honored to play anywhere. I appreciate every recruiter that's shown interest. So few people even get to advance and play on the college level. I think fewer people may have heard of me because I missed the last half of my junior season."
That's one intangible, along with the fact the he transferred from Meridian High after his sophomore campaign. Warner had followed his father George Warner's footsteps in playing for the MHS Wildcats, then he went to Northeast after George Warner accepted a teaching position there in 2003.
"I came up through youth ball and then Northwest Junior High, and was at Meridian for a while," Cody Warner said. "I am getting some looks out here and it really just depends on how good you play. I have to play good in order to get noticed.
"We are in the same division with Wayne County and West Jones - two great teams - but I think we can be good, too. We work on 7-on-7 drills every week and we've been lifting weights. We are ready to start putting plays in and stepping it more around the end of July. It's going to be a big year."
Bo Wooten is a free lance writer who writes articles for Gene's Page.