Warriors Win Big Behind Haynes’ Big Night [VIDEO]
The Warriors didn’t hold back on Friday night, as they drowned out any hopes of Stephens County stealing a win in Cleveland. White County walked off the field winners, 44-6, to open the 2020 season in style. It marked the first time in 10 years the Warriors had beaten the Indians.
J Ben Haynes had the night we all knew he likely would. He accounted for five total TD, rushing for two and throwing for three more and a career-best 325 yards. The Warriors jumped out to a 20-0 lead, and led 34-6 at the break before cycling in many players to get some second quarter reps.
On the first drive of the season, Haynes connected with Cooper Turner for a 24-yard TD with just under 9 minutes left in the quarter. The extra point clanged off the left post, but it was 6-0 White County. After a great defensive sequence, the Warriors struck again with Haynes’ first rushing score, coming from five yards out to go up 13-0.
On the first play of the second quarter, Haynes found a streaking Kade Lowery for a 60-yard TD, stretching the lead to 20-0. The defense for the Warriors remained stellar with big tackles by guys like Silas Mulligan, Zion McMullen, Riley Stancil, Jacquez Williams, and Bryson Cronic, who came down with a timely interception. The defense held the Indians to under 200 total yards.
The Indians finally got in business midway through the second, when Ben Stowe rushed in from three yards out to get Stephens County on the board. The Warriors responded just minutes later when Haynes used some big passes, great runs by McMullen and Mulligan, and polished it off with his second rushing score from a yard out.
The lead had ballooned to 27-6, and about a minute later, Haynes produced what became our Play of the Game. A low snap had the ball on the ground. Rather than panic, Haynes calmly picked up the ball and found a wide open Reece Dockery for a 25-yard TD. That pushed the lead to 34-6, which held to the break.
An Andrew Pierce field goal and Darius Cannon 26-yard TD run in the second half capped the scoring, giving White County the 44-6 victory. The career night for Haynes included throwing for his 40th career TD, and now has 62 total TDs and 5,632 passing yards.
The Warriors move to 1-0, and return to action at Hart County in Week 2 on September 11. The 0-1 Indians open the home slate with a matchup against North Hall.
Digital Copy of Highlights – White vs Stephens
Digital Copy of Highlights - White vs Stephens