Gridiron Preview 2021: White County
The Warriors had aspirations to win a region title in 2020. That dream derailed with an injury to star QB J Ben Haynes and the emergence of Cherokee Bluff. Even still, the season was one of White County’s best in the last decade. They were ranked as high as #4 in the state polls, won 8 games, and nearly toppled a powerhouse opponent in the playoffs’ opening round. There are some big holes to fill, but there are several key returning players to perhaps make this season even better.
Head Coach: Tim Cokely, 5th Season
2020 Record: 8-3; 1st Round; #4 State Ranking
AUG 13 – @ East Forsyth (Scrimmage)
AUG 20 – @ Stephens County
AUG 27 – Hart County
SEP 3 – @ Pickens County
SEP 10 – Habersham Central
SEP 17 – BYE
SEP 24 – Dawson County*
OCT 1 – @ North Hall*
OCT 8 – @ West Hall*
OCT 15 – BYE
OCT 22 – @ Lumpkin County*
OCT 29 – Gilmer County*
NOV 5 – Cherokee Bluff*
*Region 7-AAA Game
Personnel & Schemes
Key Departures: J Ben Haynes, Cooper Turner, Devin Sullens, Jaquez Williams, Reece Dockery, Jesse Moose, Dylan Archer, Riley Stancil, Seth Stonecypher
Key Returning Players: Silas Mulligan, Zion McMullen, Darius Cannon, Kane Lowery, Bryson Cronic, Alex Thornton, Riley Turner
Up & Coming Players: Tripp Nix, Billy Carder
Offense: High-octane. Whoever wins the QB battle, whether it be either Nix or Carder (both were getting reps all summer), they’ll have tons of weapons. Silas Mulligan and Darius Cannon are obvious homerun threats, and Kane Lowery is poised for a breakout campaign. Will Zion McMullen find his way back on offense as well?
Defense: Mulligan and Cannon, along with McMullen, Bryson Cronic, etc should make teams really nervous.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: Athleticism. This team has the ability to score on any given play.
Focusing On: QB situation. Learning curve will happen no matter who wins it.