Warriors shut out in Friday’s opener

By | August 20, 2018 8:38 am

The Warriors’ football team captains for Friday night’s game were Will Griggs (20), Allen Shoupe (3), Cayden Billings (65), and Dawson Ogletree (41). (Photo by HANNAH LEFTWICH)

The White County High School Warrior football team opened the 2018 season at Livingston Academy, on Friday night. Big plays and long drives by the Wildcats made for a disappointing opening night for WCHS, as Livingston Academy shut out the home team 35-0.

The Warriors would trail Livingston 21-0 at the half. In the third quarter, Livingston would put the game away with two more scores that would give Livingston the win.

The Warriors would receive the ball to open the game. D.J Paul would return the ball to the Warriors’ 35-yard line. However, on the Warriors’ first play of the game, the Warriors would throw an interception.

Livingston would take over on their 28-yard line. It would take Livingston seven plays to find the end zone on a 21-yard pass. Livingston would score, with 8:20 remaining in the first quarter, to take a 7-0 lead.

The Warriors would go three and out on their next offensive possession after a punt forced Livingston to their 38-yard line. Livingston would drive down the field in nine plays and score their second touchdown of the game on a four-yard pass. Livingston would take a 14-0 lead, with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kick-off, Livingston would kick an onside kick and recover the kick. It would take the Wildcats six plays to find the end zone on a two-yard run. Livingston would take a 21-0 lead, with 11:49 remaining in the first half.

The Warriors would go three and out on their next possession. On the Wildcats’ second play from the line of scrimmage, they would fumble the ball, and the Warriors’ Will Griggs would fumble the ball and return it to Livingston’s 20-yard line.

After a pass from Sedryk Leftwich to Ethan Light would get the Warriors to the Wildcats’ 14-yard line. Livingston’s defense would force the Warriors to turn the ball over on downs and give the ball back to Livingston.

Livingston looked like they were about to score again before the half. However, the Warriors’ linebacker, Dawson Ogletree, would come up with an interception to stop the Wildcats from scoring and send the Warriors into the locker room trailing 21-0.

In the second half, Livingston would open up with the ball. It would take Livingston seven plays to find the end zone and push their lead to 28-0, with 9:14 remaining in the third quarter.

The Warriors’ next series would have a big play. Leftwich would find Michael Shank on a screen pass, and Shank would take the ball 26 yards. However, an interception three plays later would give Livingston the ball. Livingston would go down the field in six plays and push their lead to 35-0 with 3:49 in the game. Both teams would get two more series in the game, but the game would come to an end, and the Warriors would fall to Livingston Academy 35-0.

The Wildcats would finish the game with 412 yards of total offense. They would get 130 on the ground and 282 through the air.

The Warriors would finish the game with 79 yards of total offense. They would finish with 13 yards rushing and 66 yards passing.

Leftwich would lead the Warriors in rushing and passing. Leftwich would have 11 yards rushing. He was also 7 of 28 passing for 66 yards.

Shank led the Warriors in receiving. He finished the game with three receptions for 37 yards.

Coach Jerry Lowery commented on the game.

“I felt like we came out in the first quarter and we weren’t ready to play,” said Lowery. “We got punched in the mouth, and we didn’t respond. We told our guys adversity is going to happen – it’s what you do after that. I felt like our inexperience showed tonight. We didn’t play a good first quarter. We got down 14-0 early, and we couldn’t answer back. Tonight showed us that we have a lot of work to do, and we need our guys to grow up. If we are going to have any chance this year, our guys will have to come to play, our subs will have to learn what they are supposed to do, and we will have to correct all of that. We need to have a good week of practice this week and get ready for Warren County.

The Warriors will return home for the first home football game of the season, on Aug. 24, against Warren County (0-1). The Pioneers lost their week one matchup to DeKalb County 19-14. However, the Pioneers did have 320 yards rushing against the Tigers. Kick-off for the game is at 7 p.m.

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