Game Of The Week: White County vs Habersham Central

Our Game of the Week takes us back to White County for the first time in 2021, as they take on local rivals Habersham Central…both teams coming off a momentum-grabbing win, so lots of hype around this one.

WHITE COUNTY

The Warriors started out flat with 2 straight losses. Something wasn’t right, as the roster is loaded with talent. Making a change in the offense at QB seemed to help. Nothing against senior Billy Carder, but putting in a freshman in Tripp Nix seems to have jump-started them a bit, as they grabbed their first win last week. Silas Mulligan is TEARING IT UP! Darius Cannon is doing Darius Cannon things. This team has a chance to keep the good times coming when Habersham rolls into Cleveland.

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

The Raiders dropped their opener to Madison County in shocking fashion, as Hab was the favorite going in. But Central came back with a win the next time out. The youthful offense is finding its identity behind some new names, while the defensive veterans are playing as expected. A win at White County would really be a huge boost to this team’s confidence.

BY THE NUMBERS (2021)

WHITE COUNTY

  • 1-2 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: T1st
  • 17.67 OFFENSE AVG
  • 30.00 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

  • 1-1 (0-0)
  • Region Standings: T1st
  • 26.00 OFFENSE AVG
  • 17.50 DEFENSE AVG
  • N/A State Ranking

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping Week 4. Highlights are shared on Channel 5 (Fox) on the 11 PM “High 5 Sports” show throughout the regular season. You can also follow us on Twitter (@BlitzSportsGa) for live score updates (5G pending).

OUR PREDICTION

This game features a 3A program against a 6A school. That hasn’t seemed to make a difference in recent years though with White County and Habersham Central. It’s never been a ‘David and Goliath’ situation. Look for both teams to play physical, with the team that wins the turnover battle and has more time of possession to come out with the win. The official Maxwell Ratings projection favors White County by 5 points. OUR PICK: Fan Vote

DO WE BRING LUCK?

For Habersham Central, we’ve witnessed 46 games, with the Raiders going just 13-33 in those. For White County in 29 contests, the Warriors have gone 16-13 overall.

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 PM Kickoff
PLACE: White County HS / Cleveland, GA
LAST MEETING: 2020: #8 White County Warriors 28, Habersham Central Raiders 21
ALL-TIME RECORD: Habersham lead series 7-4
RECORDS: White County Warriors (1-2; 0-0 in 7-AAA); Habersham Central Raiders (1-1; 0-0 in 8-AAAAAA)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

Habersham won the first-ever contest between the nearby rivals back in 1990. It was the first of 4 straight in the series to open it up. White County won in 2012 by a dominating 31-0 score. The Warriors won again in 2013 before losing the 2016 version. Since Tim Cokely has been at White County, it’s been 2-2 in the series. The Warriors won in 2017 and 2020, while Habersham and coach Benji Harrison won in 2018 and 2019. All told, Habersham has a 7-4 record to lead the series. We were witnesses to a few of the matchups:

TEAM LEADERS (2021)

WHITE COUNTY

PASSING
Billy Carder (165 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 40% completion)
Tripp Nix (142 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; 71% completion)
Silas Mulligan (25 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT; 40% completion)

RUSHING
Silas Mulligan (367 yds, 3 TD, 5.0 YPC)
Zion McMullen (49 yds, 0 TD, 4.1 YPC)
Darius Cannon (39 yds, 2 TD, 6.5 YPC)
Cam Wilson (26 yds, 0 TD, 26.0 YPC)

RECEIVING
Darius Cannon (129 yds, 1 TD, 13 rec)
Bryson Cronic (125 yds, 1 TD, 6 rec)
Kanaan Cleveland (42 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec)
Kane Lowery (8 yds, 0 TD, 1 rec)
Kyler Mayo (5 yds, 0 TD, 1 rec)

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Zion McMullen (34 TKL, 1 TFL)
Bryson Cronic (20 TKL, 1 Forced Fum)
Alex Thornton (18 TKL)
Jacob Holbrook (17 TKL, 1 TFL)
Riley Turner (15 TKL)
Noah Williams (15 TKL)
Teddy Strange (14 TKL)
Jeb Robinson (14 TKL)
Colton Turner (9 TKL, 1 INT (TD), 1 Forced Fum)
Darius Cannon (8 TKL, 1 INT)
Alex Garcia (8 TKL)
Tavi Simmons (8 TKL)

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

PASSING
Carson Parker (215 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT; 45% completion)

RUSHING
Simarcus Burney (200 yds, 1 TD, 5.7 YPC)
Carson Parker (149 yds, 3 TD, 7.1 YPC)
Blandon Grizzle (77 yds, 1 TD, 8.6 YPC)
Qunton Sharpe (14 yds, 0 TD, 7.0 YPC)

RECEIVING
Zeke Whittington (125 yds, 3 TD, 11 rec)
Caleb Wade (41 yds, 0 TD, 3 rec)
Noah Wilson (48 yds, 0 TD, 2 rec)
Blandon Grizzle (1 yd, 0 TD, 1 rec)
Simarcus Burney (0 yds, 0 TD, 1 rec)

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Caleb Wade (27 TKL, 1.5 TFL, 1 Forced Fum)
Carter Barrett (16 TKL, 3.5 TFL)
Alex Aaron (15 TKL, 1.5 TFL)
Noah Wilson (15 TKL, 2.5 TFL)
Blandon Grizzle (14 TKL, 1.5 TFL)
Braydon Wright (13 TKL, 2.5 TFL)
Gage Church (6 TKL)
Garrett Turner (6 TKL)
Cole Gragg (6 TKL, 1.5 TFL)
Brennon Clouse (6 TKL, 0.5 TFL)
Dylan Kassman (6 TKL, 0.5 TFL, 2 Fum Rec)

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