On Sept. 24, the White County Warriors traveled to Mt. Juliet, in Wilson County, to take on the Hawks from Green Hill High School in a big region matchup.
The Warriors took possession after the opening kickoff. The Warriors were stopped by the Hawk defense and were forced to punt after three plays. On the Hawks’ first possession, they found paydirt after taking the ball at the midfield stripe. The extra point was good, and, with 6:46 left to play in the first quarter, the Hawks went up 7-0 over the Warriors. After the ensuing kickoff the Warriors put together a five- play drive that saw Maliki Dowell break free and scamper 31 yards into the endzone for the Warriors’ first score of the night. The extra point was no good, and, with 4:41 to play in the first quarter, the Hawks held onto a one-point lead.
It only took Green Hill High School to answer with a three-play drive to add another score. Mahoney to Carver for a 65-yard touchdown pass gave the Hawks a 14-6 lead at the 3:38 mark in the first quarter. The Warriors then put together a seven-play drive that seemed to be headed toward the tying score. A Warrior fumble gave the ball back to the Hawk offense at their own 15-yard line. Green Hill then drove the field for a 10-play drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass. The score at the 9:50 mark in the second quarter was Green Hill 21 and the Warriors 6.
Green Hill attempted an onside kick that was unsuccessful and took possession of the ball at the 48-yard line near midfield. The Warrior offense could not move the ball, and the drive stalled at the Green Hill 46-yard line. Green Hill could not move the ball, and the Warrior defense forced the Hawks to punt, with 6:38 left to play in the second quarter. After another Warrior punt, Green Hill struck quickly with a 56-yard pass for a touchdown that put Green Hill up 28 -6 with 4:00 minutes left to play in the second quarter. After the Hawk defense held the Warriors to a turnover on downs after four plays, they struck quickly again with a 29-yard touchdown pass to give the Hawks a commanding 35-6 lead, with 2:29 left to play in the first half.
The Warriors then moved down the field, and, with 11 seconds left in the first half, Tripp Pinion found Dowell across the middle for the score. The two-,point conversion pass was completed to Walker. The score, with 11 seconds left to play in the half, was 35-14. With only 11 seconds left on the clock, the Warriors kicked off to the Green Hill Hawks. The Hawk returner took the ball and weaved his way through the Warrior return team and then outran the Warriors to find his way into the endzone for a 75-yard touchdown return as the half ended. The score at the half was Green Hill 42 and the Warriors 14.
At the start of the second half, the Warriors attempted an onside kick, which was unsuccessful, and the Hawk offense took over at midfield. On the sixth play of the drive the Hawks’ Mahoney found his receiver for a 28-yard touchdown pass at the 9:39 mark on the clock in the third quarter. The score in the third was Green Hill 49 and the Warriors 14. Dowell broke free for a 36-yard touchdown run to give the Warriors 49-21, with 7:16 on the clock. The Warriors attempted another onside kick that was unsuccessful, and, once again, the Hawk offense started at the 46-yard line. After a nine-play drive, Green Hill scored from the five- yard line to give Green Hills a 56-21 lead, with 2:58 left to play in the third quarter. The Warriors scored a late touchdown for the Warriors’ final score on a one-yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good, and Green Hill ran the clock out to seal the region win. The final score was 56-27 as Green Hill took the victory.
Green Hill rushed the ball for 240 yards and passed for 192 yards for a total offensive output of 432 yards. For the Warriors, Maliki Dowell led with 192 yards on 22 carries. The Warrior rushing total was 206 yards. Tripp Pinion went 9 for 16 for 108 yards. The total offensive output for the Warriors was 337 yards in the loss. The Warriors drop to 3-3 on the season and 0-3 in region play. Green Hill remains undefeated in region play and 5-1 overall.
The Warriors will take on Wilson Central High School, on Oct. 1, at Warrior Stadium as they celebrate homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., on the campus of White County High School.