The White County High School Warriors held their homecoming game, on Oct. 9, at Warrior Stadium. Livingston Academy made their way down Highway 111 to take on the Warriors.
The Warriors deferred the coin toss and kicked off to the visiting Wildcats. White County’s defense flexed their muscles early and held the Livingston offense to a three plays and out series. The Warriors took the ball on an 11-play drive that ended as Kade Clark bull-rushed his way into the endzone from five yards out. The Dawson Stewart extra point gave the Warriors an early lead 7-0. The Warrior defense again held the Wildcat offense after a fumble recovery on a punt. The Warriors took over after a turnover on downs. The Warriors then put together another long 10 play drive that ended with Hunter Pope driving his way into the endzone for a five yard touchdown. The Stewart extra point gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead.
Livingston’s defense put up the first score of the night for the Hogeye nation when a Nate Mullins punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown, with 1:51 left to play in the second quarter. The extra point was good and the score at halftime saw the Warriors leading 14-7. The Warriors took the second half kickoff and on a fourth down and one play. Clark split the defense and rambled 45 yards and was ruled down at the one yard line. Pope scored on a two-yard run and gave the Warriors a 20-7 lead, with 10:42 to play in the 3rd quarter.
On the next series, D.J. Paul broke free and outran the Wildcat defense for a 50-yard touchdown run. With the extra point, the score, with 7:34 to play in the third quarter, was 27-7. The Warrior defense stepped up as Cameron Stephens intercepted the Wildcat pass to give the Warriors the football. With a beautiful play action pass, Owen Adams found Pope over the middle for a 15-yard touchdown pass to make the score 34-7.
The Livingston defense then stepped up and stopped the Warriors. Livingston’s offense then scored three straight unanswered touchdowns, and, with 4:03 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Sparta lead was cut to six points, 34-28. The Warrior offense faced a tough third down and 15 yards to go, with 3:00 minutes to play. The Adams pass fell incomplete, and, with fourth and 15, the Warriors set up for a punt, which returned the ball to the Livingston offense, with under three minutes to play.
The Livingston offense started the drive at their own 28 yard line. The Warrior defense held with a huge quarterback sack on fourth down by Pope and giving the Warriors the football, with 2:37 left to play. The Warrior offense then moved the ball behind the running of Pope to the 3 yard line and went into victory formation. The final score was the Warriors with the win over Livingston, 34-28.
Livingston struggled to move the ball against a strong Warrior defense. Rushing yards for the Wildcats was 56 yards total on the night. Passing yards for the Wildcats totaled 158, which the big part of those yards came in the fourth quarter. Total offensive yards for the Livingston Wildcats was 214. The Warriors were very productive on the ground with their running game. D.J. Paul led all runners with nine carries for 133 yards. Kade Clark rushed nine times for 92 yards. Hunter Pope had 12 carries for 71 yards. Owen Adams rushed 10 times for 72 yards. Caleb Bailey rushed three times for 10 yards. Nate Mullins rushed four times for 11 yards. Total rushing yards for the Warriors was 382 yards. Adams passed 11 times and had six completions for 41 yards. Total offensive yards for the Warriors was 423 yards.
Coach Mark Frasier commented on the game.
“It was a big win for us,” Frasier said. “I thought the kids played hard, and I’m super proud of them. Coach Beaty put together a great game plan defensively against a really good running back. Offensively, we spread the ball around. Coach Segraves did a good job of getting the ball in the hands of our playmakers. Then I felt Hunter took the game over the last few minutes. Huge win. Now we have to refocus and try and keep this momentum heading into Clay County.”
Defensive Coordinator Curtis Beaty added on the Warriors effort.
“We preached run to ‘22’ all week, and that’s exactly what the kids did,” Beaty said. “I’m really proud of these guys and their effort tonight. Hunter Pope is a man amongst boys right now. Cam Stephens did a great job stepping in at OLB for us, just all around gig night for the Warriors!”
The Warriors now return on the road to Clay County. The game will be played on Thursday, Oct. 15, due to this game being played on the school’s fall break week. Game time is set for 7 p.m., at Clay County High School.