The White County High School Warriors started the season by traveling to the campus of Tennessee Tech University to take on the Livingston Wildcats, on Aug. 20, 2021, in gridiron action. The Warriors dominated the game in all aspects.
Both teams struggled to move the ball early in the first quarter as the defenses held strong by forcing the offense to punt. Late in the first quarter, the Warriors found paydirt as Malachi Dowell broke free for a 58-yard run and was downed at the two-yard line. On the next play, Dowell ran easily into the endzone with a strong push from the Warrior offensive line. The extra point was unsuccessful, and, with 20 seconds to play in the first quarter, the Warriors took the lead 6-0.
The Warriors scored again, with 11:18 to play in the second quarter, as Dowell again broke free for a 24-yard touchdown scamper. Javan Strode converted the two-point conversion as he raced to the corner of the endzone to make the score 14-0 in favor of the Warriors. Freshman Tripp Pinion came in the game, and, with his first snap of his high school career, Pinion threw a strike to D.J. Paul for a 41-yard touchdown pass. Nate Mullins kicked the extra point, and the score moved to 21-0, with 7:29 left to play in the second quarter. With 29 seconds left on the clock before halftime, Dowell found another opening as he weaved his way into the endzone for a 42-yard tackle breaking run. The extra point was no good. The score at halftime saw the Warriors leading 27-0.
The Warriors sealed the victory early in the third quarter as Livingston fumbled the kickoff, and the Warriors recovered in great field position. Pinion threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Bray Frasier for a 21-yard score. Once again, the extra point was no good, and, with 11:46 on the clock in the third quarter, the Warriors led 33-0. Deja vu came to life as the Wildcats fumbled again on the kickoff as the Warriors again recovered the fumble. Dowell scored from 31 yards out, and, with the Mullins extra point kick good, the Warriors took a commanding lead that would not be overcome. The final score was 40-0 in favor of the Warriors.
The Warriors dominated both sides of the ball. The Sparta defense held Livingston to 119 total offensive yards and forced three turnovers and allowed no points. Malachi Dowell led the in rushing with 13 carries for 208 yards and four touchdowns. Pinion led in passing as he went 2 for 2 for 62 yards and two touchdowns. The Warriors move to 1-0 on the season.