White County Warriors Named GHSF Daily’s Team of the Week

GHSFD – White County has made the playoffs more times than not in recent years, but signature wins that would put a team in the state rankings have eluded the Warriors for years.

That kind of win came last week, when White defeated then-No. 8 Hart County 50-47 in a Class 3A game. It was White County’s first victory over a top-10 team on the road since 1983 (Oconee County) and just the third win over a top-10 team in school history.

JBen Haynes, a preseason Georgia Power 100 pick, was 12-of-23 passing for 170 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries. Haynes scored on a 10-yard run with a minute left for the game-winner.

“It was significant in that we found a way to beat a really good Hart County team,” White County coach Tim Cokely said. “Knowing that they are a perennial playoff contender, and getting a win there, should help our confidence as we move forward.”

White County, ranked in an AJC poll for the first time since 1972, is GHSF Daily’s Team of the Week. The award, sponsored by Siemens and World Electric, will be presented to Cokely and his team today in Cleveland.

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