The White County Warriors and Stephens County Indians squared off in a season-opening scrimmage. As is usual, both teams were happy to play someone other than themselves after long, hot summers.
It appeared to be an exciting 50-yard touchdown run by Warriors athlete Jay Lepkoske on White County’s first play from scrimmage. A block in the back brought it back, and neither team got on the board until seconds left in the first half. With 35 seconds left, sophomore J Ben Haynes connected up the middle to fellow sophomore Cooper Turner, who shed a tackle and scampered home for the score.
The missed extra point gave White County a 6-0 lead into the break. Haynes then found senior Cody Versluis for a 42-yard TD in the third to stretch the lead to 13-0. With the starters out, Stephens County got on the board with a fourth quarter touchdown.
The Indians alternated QB snaps with Hudson Spurlock and Kenny Colwell, both juniors. Spurlock mostly either ran or orchestrated the running game with his backs, while Colwell did more of the passing.
Michael Mintz stood out on defense for the Warriors, as did a good many others as they held Stephens County off the board throughout.
The Warriors open the regular season next Friday at East Jackson, while Stephens County travels to Franklin County.