The scoreboard at the end of Prescott’s Homecoming game against the Warriors of White County incorrectly read 57-6. The person running the board gave the Warriors 10 points for one touchdown and 9 for another. Perhaps they thought the Warriors should get style points, or maybe it was just difficult keeping up with the high-powered team from Sparta. After a sluggish performance the previous week, the Warriors came out on a mission and left no doubt who the better team was.
White County kicked off to Prescott and the Warrior defense took the field first. Big Allen Brown dominated the first drive as he had vicious tackles for loss on the first two plays of the game. It was as if he was making a statement to the Bulldogs that it was going to be a long night. Eli Sparkman sent the Bulldogs backward for a third play in a row and forced a punt.
It only took the Warriors a few plays to get their first score of the night. Runs by Cole Sims and JoJo Dowell quickly had the visitors on the scoreboard. Dowell scored from 14 yards out, and Sims carried in the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0.
The Warriors kicked off to the Bulldogs who proceeded to fumble on the second play of the drive. White County would waste no time, scoring again as Tucker Pinion threw a beautiful pass to Eli Smith for a 48-yard touchdown. Chris Graver would take in the conversion to make the score 16-0.
The first play of the Bulldogs’ next drive saw another big hit by Brown. The second play would result in a fumble caused by Cole Sims. Eli Smith would pick up the loose ball and return it 35 yards for a score. The conversion would make the score 24-0.
The defense for the Warriors continued to dominate, as they caused another fumble on the third play of the next drive. Eli Smith continued his special night by recovering the ball again.
The ensuing Warrior drive started with a 25-yard Sims run, followed by a nice catch by Jack Walker. The drive would once again end with a touchdown as Sims took it in from 15 yards out. Dowell took a turn making the two-point conversion, and the lead grew to 32-0
The Warriors would kickoff to the Bulldogs and would cause their fourth fumble of the first half. The Warrior offense would stall, and they turned the ball over on downs. This was the only drive that the Warriors wouldn’t score on for the night. The defense for the Warriors continued to swarm to the ball and got the ball back to the offense within a few plays.
Sims would have a nice 30-yard run to set up a short touchdown run by Tucker Pinion. The two-point conversion failed. The score at halftime was then 38-0 in favor of the Warriors.
The second half kickoff went to the Warriors, and the offense got into high gear again. Dowell looked a lot like his older brother as he broke loose for a 35-yard run. Jack Carpenter would then get free in the secondary and catch his first touchdown of the season on a pass from Pinion. Cole Sims would take in the conversion to make the score 46-0.
The Warriors would play many different players from that point forward. The Bulldogs were able to move the ball down the field on the younger Warriors. The Bulldogs scored and attempted an extra point that was no good. The score was then 46-6.
The junior varsity offense took the field for the first time. On the second play of the drive Mekhi Post received the pitch and raced 70 yards for a touchdown. Post would also score the conversion, making several defenders miss with some nice moves to get into the endzone. The final score would be 54-6.
Coach Aaron Brown would say of the game:
“It was a good performance all the way around. We won and we got a lot of playing time for our younger kids. We had a few players score their first TD so that is exciting for the program moving forward.”
The Warriors are now 6-0 and will welcome Warren County in for homecoming, on Sept. 15. The Warriors will then finish off the regular season with a contest at Cumberland County, on Sept. 20. The Warriors are the number one seed in the playoffs and will host York Institute on Sept. 24. A win against York will put the Warriors in the championship game.
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