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CLEVELAND — The White County Warriors posted their first 2-0 start since 2009 Friday with a convincing 34-7 win over Lumpkin County.
The Warriors saw their defense lead the way over the rival Indians (0-2).
“I’m proud of both sides of the ball. Our lineman played really well,” Coach Bill Ballard said. “I felt like we got off to a slow start but we kind of picked it up and played like we should have.
“We’re really excited to be 2-0. Our kids have worked really hard over the offseason to get to this point.”
The game was scoreless midway through the first quarter when the Warrior defense kick-started the offense. A Warrior defender blitzed the Indian quarterback, forcing a fumble. Sophomore Andrew Posten scooped it up and scored on a 5-yard fumble recovery to put the Warriors ahead 7-0 with 4:18 left in the first quarter.
The Warrior defense forced another Indian fumble, this one pounced on by senior Levi Dockery. After another exchange of possessions, Warrior fullback Sean Greer rumbled up the middle from 27 yards put to make the Warrior lead 14-0.
The rest of the night belonged to seniors Will Brock and Jeffery Scoggin who connected on two beautifully thrown passes for the next two Warrior scores.
The first pass by Brock was floated over the middle with Scoggin making a good catch in traffic. The second touchdown pass found Brock scrambling to his left, finding an open Scoggin open on the left side of the end zone for a 27-0 lead just before the half.
Brock took care of things himself for the final score of the night with a 21-yard run in the third quarter.
Brock finished the night with 105 yards passing on seven completions to go with two touchdown passes. He also contributed 101 yards rushing on five carries and a touchdown.
Scoggin led the receivers with 87 yards on five receptions and two touchdown catches.
Lumpkin scored its first points of the season when Daniel McCrary connected with Jonathan Gilreath in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
Gilreath was covered on the play but he tipped the ball and made a diving catch for the score, avoiding the shutout.
Gilreath led the Indians receivers with 36 yards on three catches. He also contributed on defense with an interception. Gunner Wood led the Indian ground game with 22 yards rushing.
The second half was marred by penalties.
“We have to do a better job and can’t let those penalties happen,” Ballard said. “We’re going to definitely talk about keeping our composure. It is going to be something we’ll talk about in practice this week.”
White County will try for a 3-0 start at Fannin County next Friday. Lumpkin County travels to take on West Hall.