CLEVELAND — The White County Warriors will become road warriors next week after they clinched the No. 3 seed in the Region 7-AAA state playoffs.
The Warriors (7-3, 5-2) defeated Banks County 41-7 Friday night at White County Stadium.
The Warriors will look to avenge their first loss of the season as they travel to Atlanta to take on Blessed Trinity, the No. 2 seed, which won the first meeting between the schools 21-19 in Cleveland.
“They’re a very good football. (Coach) Tim McFarlin and I have coached against each other when I was at Peachtree Ridge and he was at Roswell,” White County coach Bill Ballard said. “We played an overtime game there. He does a fine job. It’s going to be a tough, physical football game.
“We know each other. They know what we’re going to do. We know what they’re going to do. It’s going to be a very physical football game.”
Friday night, White County was led by running back Sean Greer, who rushed for 94 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Maurice Sutton also contributed to the big explosion of rushing yards for White County, rushing for 84 yards and three touchdowns.
“We really came out strong today. I’m really proud of the whole team,” Greer said. “Playing in a playoff game, it shows that we don’t need those big stars that we had a few years back. It shows that we can do it by ourselves and shows we can do it with this team we have now.
“And, like what Coach Ballard loves to say ‘We’re not building a team, we’re building a program here at White County High School.’”
White County running back Will Stonecypher had a big game as well, not just on offense but on defense as well. Stonecypher, who leads the area in sacks, added to that total, picking up five more against the Leopards’ offense. He also caught a touchdown pass.
The Warriors’ defense only allowed 108 total yards to the Leopards (3-7, 2-5).
“Everybody really played good tonight. We came out and just played all four quarters,” Stonecypher said. “Everybody played with heart.”
White County quarterback Will Brock finished the game 5-for-8 passing for 46 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Jeffrey Scoggin caught three passes for 36 yards.
After being held to a turnover on downs at the Leopards’ 4-yard line on their opening possession, the Warriors went on a 41-0 scoring run.
Greer started the attack for the Warriors, rushing for a 20-yard touchdown with 3:57 left in the first quarter.
Sutton dominated the second quarter; starting with his 16-yard touchdown run with 7:23 left in the quarter.
The next time he touched the ball, Sutton sprinted 26 yards for his second touchdown. His next carry was a 7-yard touchdown run with 1 minute left in the half.
Brock connected with Stonecypher for a 6-yard touchdown catch with 5:21 left in the third quarter.
With just over 31 seconds remaining in the third, Greer rushed for his second touchdown of the game from 12 yards.
“I’m real proud of how we executed tonight. We just had a good night executing the ball on offense,” Ballard said.
The Leopards were led Kevin Mayfield, who rushed for 49 yards.
Running back Wes Faulkner scored the Leopards’ only touchdown with 4:40 left in the game.