Warriors fall victim to Cavaliers again
By Andy Southard | September 12, 2018 5:40 am
The White County High School football team will have to wait another year to try and end Cookeville’s domination on the football field.
The Cavaliers made it five straight over the Warriors, on Friday night, with a dominating 55-0 win. Cookeville rolled up the yards and points on the scoreboard, jumping out to a 35-0 lead by the half, invoking the mercy rule for the entire second half of the contest.
Cookeville took control of the game early and would never relinquish the reins, taking out any doubt of the Warriors ending the streak. The Warriors would open up the game with the ball. However, on their first play of the game, the Warriors would throw an interception that would be returned for a touchdown to give Cookeville the early 7-0 lead, with 11:51 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors would go three and out on their second series and had to punt the ball to the Cavaliers. It would take the Cavaliers seven plays to find the end zone to give them a 14-0 lead, with 6:46 remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors’ offense would continue to struggle on their third possession and forced to punt the ball back to the Cavaliers. However, the Warriors’ defense would come up big and force Cookeville to punt the ball back to the Warriors, but they would down the ball on the five-yard line.
The Warriors would get a first down on the third play of their next possession when Sedryk Leftwich found Will Griggs over the middle for a 44-yard gain, but that’s as far as the offense could move the ball, as they would turn the ball over on downs.
It would take the Cavaliers three plays to find the end zone when their quarter would run it in from 32-yards out to give Cookeville a 21-0 lead, with 11:25 remaining in the first half.
Cookeville would then recover the kickoff after a Warrior player was unable to haul in the kickoff to give Cookeville the ball back on the Warriors’ 21-yard line. It would take Cookeville three plays to find the end zone on a 24-yard run to put Cookeville up 28-0, with 10:05 remaining in the first half.
The Warriors would pick up a first down on their next series but would be forced to punt the ball back to Cookeville. Cookeville would drive down the field in six plays, scoring on a 25-yard run to go up 35-0, with 3:05 remaining in the first half.
The Warriors would pick up another first down on their next series, but they would turn the ball over on downs before the end of the first half. Cookeville took a knee to send both teams into the locker room, with the Warriors trailing 35-0.
In the second half, Cookeville would score three more touchdowns, and the Warriors’ offense could only get six total yards of offense in the half.
The Warriors would finish the game 103 total yards of offense. They had 48 yards rushing and 55 yards passing. Allen Shoupe led the Warriors with 36 yards rushing, and Will Griggs led the Warriors in receiving with 50 yards.
Cookeville had 383 total yards of offense. They had 354 yards on the ground and 29 yards through the air.
With the loss, the Warriors move to 0-4 on the season. The Warriors will return to region play next when they host Franklin County for homecoming.
Franklin County sits at 2-2 on the season. The Rebels opened up the year 2-0 picking up wins against Coffee County and LaVergne, but the Rebels have dropped their final two games against Page and Tullahoma.
Franklin County will come into Friday night’s game with both teams looking for their first region win of the season. Kick-off is set at 7 p.m., at Dee Harris Field.