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White County went into Friday night’s game against East Hall looking to exceed its win total from 2011.
The Warriors (4-1, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) accomplished that and more importantly their second win in Region 7-AAA with a convincing 41-12 win over the visiting Vikings (2-3, 0-2 Region 7-AAA).
“I’m happy with the outcome. It’s a win in the region which is big for us with our upcoming schedule” coach Bill Ballard said.
Without starting quarterback Will Brock, who was resting a bruised hand, the Warrior offense didn’t miss a beat as Sophomore A.J. Vandiver stepped in. They ended up with 314 rushing yards as the Warrior offense took control in the second half.
Not only was the offense clicking, the defense contributed to the effort by forcing two turnovers, one safety, and held East Hall without a first down in the second half.
“We held onto the football tonight,” Ballard said. “And took care of the ball and that was a big key. And we were also able to force some big turnovers as well.”
Vandiver got his team on the board first by throwing a beautiful pass which Andrew Bergin hauled in, tight-roped down the sideline, and sprinted the remaining 58 yards for the touchdown with 9:29 left in the first quarter.
East Hall responded with a 12-play drive capped off by Edward Vergara rumbling in from 1 yard with 2:55 remaining in the opening quarter.
Warrior running back Sam Turner made his presence known on the next drive taking it into the end zone on a 6-yard run. He led the Warriors in rushing with 97 yards on 11 carries.
Sean Greer scored the first of his two touchdowns early in the second quarter. Vergara scored his second touchdown of the night with 2:32 left before halftime, scoring from 2 yards out.
The second half was all Warriors as they put 17 unanswered points on the board.
“We made some good adjustments at half on defense,” Ballard said. “And we came out and played a better second half on defense.”
The next two scores found Will Stonecypher in the middle of both. He first scored from 7 yards out on a key third down early in the third quarter. He then tackled a Viking defender in the end zone for a safety, putting the Warriors up 34-12.
East Hall was led by Austin Mahaffey who had 46 rushing yards and 45 receiving yards.
White County has a week off before hosting Buford while East Hall hosts North Hall next Friday.