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White County season ends at Blessed Trinity, 38-0

Warriors ousted in second round after 9-win season

POSTED: November 22, 2013 10:48 p.m.

ROSWELL — The No. 1-seed Blessed Trinity Titans defeated the No. 2-seed White County Warriors 38-0 in the second round of the AAA state playoffs, Friday night at Titan Field.

Coming off an opening-round victory, the Warriors were looking to make history again by winning their first second-round playoff game and securing the program’s first-ever 10-win season.

They were also looking to avenge a 30-0 loss earlier in the season to a familiar foe over the past two seasons.

The Titans are 4-0 against the Warriors over the past two seasons.

The Titans (9-3) will play Washington County in the third round of the Class AAA state playoffs. White County (9-3) season is over.

“Our guys played hard,” White County head coach Bill Ballard said. “Their (Blessed Trinity) team is very good. They won the region championship.

“This was one of those games where they were real physical. They do a good job. Their line of scrimmage (play) is very good. I’m real proud of our kids. They fought. I’m real proud of the season they had. A one-loss game can’t damper the fact that we won some rivalry games this year, and one playoff game.”

The Titans were led by senior running back Chad Manthey who rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries. He also scored two touchdowns.

Running back Carter McManes added 34 yards and two touchdowns, while Milton Shelton added 69 yards on seven carries.

Sophomore quarterback Conor Davis passed for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Dalton Whitfield led the Warriors’ offense, rushing for 62 yards on 10 carries.

The Titans started the scoring by putting together a 14-play, 80-yard drive to start the game. The drive was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run from McManes to give the Titans a 7-0 lead with 4:45 left in the quarter.

After the Titans’ defense snuffed out a Warriors’ fake punt on their opening possession, the Titans turned the mistake into points. McManes found the end zone for a second time on a 1-yard touchdown run 10:13 left in the second quarter.

On the Titans’ next possession, Davis connected with wide receiver Pat Jasinski on a 22-yard touchdown strike to give the Titans a 21-0 lead with 6:30 left in the quarter. Jasinski finished the game with 32 yards receiving.

Manthey added to the Titans’ lead, dashing into the end zone from 11 yards away to give the Titans a 28-0 halftime lead.

Titans outgained the Warriors 233-25 total yards in the first half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Manthey scored his second touchdown of the night, this one from 12 yards with 9:50 left in the game.

Blessed Trinity kicker Marc Nolan added a field goal later in the fourth to extend the lead to its final at 38-0.

“We were fortunate,” said Blessed Trinity head coach Tim McFarlin. “We got out to a quick start, and I thought that was important because we beat them earlier in the year.

“In that game, they played probably their worse game. We may have played our best game. I just knew they were a better football team than that. We were able to get out to a quick start, which helps because if they get up on you, they have the run-control, ball-control offense. ... You don’t want to be in that position against these guys.

“Bill (Ballard) and I have known each other for a while, I think he’s done a wonderful job with his program. I have nothing but great things to say about White County.”

As he looked back on the season, Coach Ballard praised his senior class and said they had a lot of highlights in what they accomplished this year. He’s also excited the future of the program.

“If you don’t win the state championship, you’re going to lose the last ballgame,” Ballard said. “I couldn’t be prouder of this senior class. Had a lot of highlights: You beat North Hall, won a playoff game. So you have to say a lot of nice things about this senior class, and what all they have accomplished.

“They provided good leadership. They will be missed. We have a good nucleus in the rising senior class that’s coming up next year. I think we can have a good football team next year. We just have to get back to work, get back in the weight room and get started in a couple of weeks on that.”


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