On Sept. 2, the White County Middle School Warriors traveled down Smithville Highway to play their third game in 10 days. When the Warriors arrived, they found a DeKalb team that was ready to play. The well-coached Saints came out with a scheme and physicality that seemed to catch the young Warriors by surprise.
DeKalb received the opening kick-off and tried to get their running attack going. They had a little success and picked up a few yards but had to punt the ball away. The Warriors had a nice return on the punt but fumbled the ball, giving it back to the Saints who were almost able to run out the first quarter before the Warriors’ offensive would snap the ball.
When the Warriors did get the ball, they ran a couple of plays before Exavior Gamblin broke free for a 60-yard run, taking the ball inside the five-yard line. The first quarter would come to an end with the score 0-0. A couple of short runs led to a Cole Sims touchdown to get the Warriors on the board first. A missed two-point conversion made the score 6-0 in favor of the Warriors. That would remain the score at halftime.
Coach Aaron Brown commented that the Warriors “looked like an entirely different team in the second half.” The Warriors got things going in the third quarter when Gamblin broke free for a long touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good. The score was then 12-0.
The DeKalb County team took the ensuing kickoff and had their best drive of the night. They used several hard inside runs to move down the field and broke loose for their only touchdown of the night. The two-point conversion failed and made the score 12-6.
The Warriors would strike again, this time with a long run from JoJo Dowell. This time the conversion was good, making the score 20-8. The coaching staff made some defensive adjustments and were able to put a stop to DeKalb County’s running attack. The Warriors got the ball and started the fourth quarter off with a good drive. It included a nice pass from Gamblin to Tucker Pinion, a great inside run by JoJo Dowell, and it was finished off by a hard-nosed plunge into the endzone by Cole Sims. Gamblin waltzed into the endzone for the 2-point conversion. It would prove to be the final score for the night giving the Warriors a 28-6 victory.
The Warriors’ win gave them three victories in 10 days. The combined score of those games was 122-12. The Warriors hope to keep the momentum rolling as they face off against the South Prescott Bulldogs, on Sept. 9, at Dee Harris Field.