WATKINSVILLE — With touchdowns to end the first half and start the second, White County was able to quiet a homecoming crowd at Warrior Stadium to beat Oconee County 28-14 on Friday.
White County's Ashley Lowery threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Whitfield on the last play of the first half, then White County took the wind out of Oconee County's sails as it opened the third quarter with a 72-yard, 11-play drive and a decisive touchdown.
White County made a statement early, forcing Oconee County to go three-and-out on its initial series. White County then returned a short punt to the Oconee 29.
Three plays later, Cole Seagraves hit Ethan McAllister for an 8-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with 9:13 still remaining in the first quarter.
Oconee County attempted a fake punt at the White County 33-yard line early in the second quarter, but Oconee County's Cole Thurston bobbled the snap and was dropped for a 7-yard loss.
White County then marched 60 yards in 10 plays to take a 14-0 lead when Lowrey scored on a 2-yard dive with 5:58 left in the half.
But Oconee County responded with an 81-yard drive, and cut the margin to 14-7 when Santonio Brown scrambled to his left and found Dustin Phillips in the middle of three White County defenders for a 27-yard scoring pass with 2:44 left in the half.
White County squashed any thoughts of an Oconee County comeback when it drove 65 yards in 15 plays to score as the half ended on a bizarre series of events.
White County drove to the Oconee 8-yard line with less than a minute to play, then had touchdown runs called back on penalties on three of the next seven plays. White County eventually lined up for a field goal at the Oconee County 11 with no time on the clock after an illegal substitution penalty, but Lowery took the snap and found Dalton Whitfield in the end zone for a touchdown and a 21-7 halftime lead.
White County took the second half kickoff and drove 72 yards in 10 plays, raising its lead to 28-7 on a Seagraves 8-yard touchdown run with 8:02 left in the third period.
Oconee County got one more score in the fourth quarter when Brown hit Thurston for a 23-yard scoring pass with 3:52 left in the contest.