Football team gets back to work after the dead period
By Andy Southard | July 12, 2018 8:05 am
The White County High School football team wasted little time getting down to business as the dead period came to a close.
Two days into the first week after the dead period, the Warriors had competed in two days of 7-on-7 work. On Monday and Tuesday, the Warriors would travel down to Cookeville to take part in the competition. The Warriors would take part in six games in those two days. The Warriors would finish the competition winning two out of their six matchups.
The games were split up into 40-minute segments where each team would start out on the 40-yard line. The team on offense would have four plays to make it to the 20-yard line and pick up a first down. The offensive team would then have four more plays to get to the end zone and score.
On Monday, the Warriors would face off against DeKalb County’s second team, Clay County, and Lebanon’s second team. On Tuesday, the Warriors would face off against Sequatchie County, DeKalb County, and Cookeville’s second team.
On both days of the competition, the Warriors’ defense gave up some big plays but also made some big plays during that stretch. The offense made their share of big plays, but then there were stretches where the opposing defense made some big plays as well.
On Monday, the Warriors would start off the day taking on DeKalb County’s second team. In that matchup, the two sides would give each offense 10 plays to see how many times they could score.
In the first offensive series, the Warriors would pick up two touchdowns. Will Griggs would score on the first play of the day when he ran a curl route, and Sedryk Leftwich would find him. Griggs would catch the ball and take it in for a touchdown. The Warriors would then score on the fourth play when Griggs would run across the middle and Leftwich would find him for the second Warriors touchdown.
The Warriors would pick up their third touchdown of the set on the second offensive series when Leftwich would find D.J. Paul for a score.
DeKalb County would pick up two touchdowns on their second series and third series, but that is all the scoring they would get.
Against Clay County, the Bulldogs would score first on the third play of their opening series to go up 1-0. The Warriors, though, would answer back on their fifth play of the first series when Leftwich would find Clark from 20 yards out on a corner route to tie the game up at 1-1.
Neither team could get much going in their second series. In Clay County’s third series, they would find the end zone again. Clay County would score on their final play of the series to go up 2-1. The Warriors, though, would answer when Tucker Nash found Michael Shanks from about 18 yards out to tie the game back up at 2-2.
Both teams would pick up a score in their next series. The Warriors’ score came when Leftwich found Bradley McBride from 20 yards out for a score to make it 3-3.
Clay County though would score on their final drive to pick up the 4-3 win.
In the final matchup of the day, the Warriors would jump out to an early three-score lead. The Warriors would start the scoring when Leftwich would found Clark from about three yards out to go up 1-0. The Warriors would then score on their third series when Leftwich found Caleb Bailey for a score to make it 2-0. The Warriors would then push their lead to 3-0 when Leftwich would discover Paul from about 10 yards out to go up 3-0.
Lebanon would pick up two scores late to cut the lead to 3-2, but the Warriors would hold on to win.
On Tuesday, the Warriors would get their day started by taking on Sequatchie County. The Warriors’ first series would start off on a high note. On the Warrior seventh play, Leftwich would find Allen Shoupe from 20 yards out for a score to put the Warriors up 1-0. The Warriors’ defense would then come up with an interception during Sequatchie County’s first series.
The Warriors, though, couldn’t capitalize as they couldn’t score on their second series, and Sequatchie County would score to tie the game up at 1-1.
Both teams would pick up touchdowns on their third series. The Warriors’ touchdown came when Leftwich found Paul for a touchdown from about 10 yards out.
Sequatchie County would then score on their fourth series after the Warriors would go four and out to give Sequatchie County a 3-2 lead. Sequatchie County would pick up their final score on their fifth series to go up 4-2, and that would be the final.
In the Warriors’ second game on Tuesday, the Warriors would face off against DeKalb County’s first team.
The Warriors would fall behind early, as DeKalb would pick up a score on their second play of the game to go up 1-0. The Warriors would get inside the 20-yard line but was unable to find the end zone.
On the second series, DeKalb County would score on their fifth play to make it 2-0, and the Warriors would go four and out.
On the third series, both teams would pick up touchdowns. DeKalb County would score on their third play to make it 3-0. However, the Warriors would score on their fifth play when Leftwich would find Clark in the back of the end zone to cut the lead to 3-1.
Neither team could get much going until the final series of the game. DeKalb County would score on their sixth play to push their lead to 4-1. The Warriors, though, would answer back when Nash would find Michael Shanks from about six yards out for a score.
In the Warriors’ final game of the day, the Warriors would fall to Cookeville’s second team 4-2.
Neither team could find the end zone on their first series. On White County High School’s second series, they would find the end zone, when Leftwich would discover Ethan Houston for a score. However, Cookeville would find the end zone on their first play to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Warriors would then pick up another touchdown on their third possession when Nash would find Clark for a touch down to make it 2-1 in favor of the Warriors. However, Cookeville would score on their fourth, fifth, and seventh possessions to pick up the win.
The Warriors have one more day of 7-on-7 work this week. They travel to Jackson County, on Thursday. The Warriors will take on Smith County, Upperman, Macon County, and York twice. The games will start at 9 a.m., at Jackson County High School, and are supposed to run until 12:30 p.m.