The White County Warriors (5-2, 0-1) traveled to Roswell, GA to open AAAA Region 7 play against the highly-touted Blessed Trinity Titans (7-1, 2,0) last Friday night (10/13) and despite a great first quarter effort by the Warriors of Cleveland, Ga; the Titans’ offense came alive in the late in the second and fourth quarters, creating a margin too great for the Warriors to overcome.
White County kicked off to start the game, but the Warriors were able to force Blessed Trinity to punt, and the Warriors appeared to be pretty well in control. With the pressure on Blessed Trinity’s defense to step up, they answered the call by applying relentless pressure on White County quarterback.
Sportswriter’s note: Unfortunately we don’t have a sports writer in White County, so we don’t know which quarterback on the roster started the game (no stats on MaxPreps). If you’re interested in covering the White County games, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org —- calling any and all parents/students/alumni/fans)!
Jake Rudolph of the Titans fought through the Warrior’s offensive line, sacking the quarterback for a 10-yard loss. Moments later, the pocket collapsed and although the qb was able to get a pass away, his receiver was hit hard and the ball popped out. The Titans recovered the fumble and regained position, this time on the Warriors’ 32-yard line, with just under 10 minutes to play in the quarter.
Titan all-region running back Steele Chambers (#22) fought his way through would-be tacklers on the left side of the center, powering his way to the Warriors 12-yard line. On the next play, Steele once again took the ball to the left of center and fought his way into the end zone for the first score of the game. Titans kicker Ethan Chauvin (#3) kicked the PAT and Blessed Trinity led White County 7-0.
Once again, the White County offense struggled to get the ball moving against the immense pressure by the Blessed Trinity defense. With five minutes remaining in the quarter, the Warriors were forced to punt. The Titans began their third offensive possession from the 40-yard line after the fair catch.
Elijah Greene carried the ball for four yards to the left, then another 10 up the middle to carry the ball back into Warrior territory. Will Carlton (#85) then took a screen pass six yards upfield to set up a 2nd-and-4 inside the 40. Ryan Davis caught a bullet, bringing the Titans back into scoring position, but with two minutes remaining in the quarter White County intercepted a pass and worked his way back to the Blessed Trinity back across midfield before being tackled at the Titan 35-yard line.
White County’s tailback took the ball in his breadbasket and followed some great blocking by his teammates, barrelling all the way down to the 7-yard line. He then took the next carry across the goalline to set up the tie, and following the PAT, White County and Blessed Trinity were all tied up, 7-7.
After the kickoff, it was the White County defense once again that gave Blessed Trinity a taste of their own medicine, pressuring the Titans quarterback and sacking him on 2nd down, setting up 3rd-and-12. On the very next play, the defense once again came away with a huge sack, pushing the Titans back to their own 10-yard line for fourth down.
A booming punt out of the end zone helped the Titans out, however, as the Warriors took the fair catch punt reception on the Blessed Trinity 49-yard line.
The Warriors went with a run for the final play of the quarter, but Perry Johnson (#1) of the Titans read the backfield and stopped the runningback for a 1-yard loss as time expired.
White County continued to pound the ground with the football, and managed to burn the playclock effectively while doing so; but the Warriors would eventually be forced to punt the football. A beautiful punt pinned the Titans all the way back on their own 10-yard line.
Blessed Trinity decided to mix the play calling up a bit at this point, and wide receiver Ryan Davis took an end-around sweep 15-yards upfield for a first down at the 25-yard line.
Titan running back Elijah Greene then burst through a huge hole in the offensive line and sprinted 30-yards on the carry to the White County 45-yard line.
Moving the ball effectively up until this point, the zebra crew began to recognize some holding going on in the trenches and with the penalties the White County defense was able to regroup and eventually force the Titans to once again punt the football. The game was truly a war of attrition up to this point, and one of the most exciting games of the year for either team.
With nine minutes remaining in the half, a White County fumble inside their own 10-yard line would prove to be a costly one. Titans quarterback Jake Smith threw a dart to Jake Rudolph from 12 yards out, putting the Titans up 13-7. Chauvin’s PAT attempt once again split the uprights and the Warriors now trailed by seven.
White County’s offense took the ball to the air on their next possession, and opened the game up with a 55-yard pass from, when a receiver managed to slide behind the defense and took the ball all the way to the Titans’ 25-yard line. White County then connected for another big pass, this time for a 25-yd touchdown.
The PAT was good and it was once again a tie ballgame, 14-14; seven minutes remaining in the half.
The Blessed Trinity running attack took turns on their next possession, getting behind their big offensive line and attacking the left side of center. Four minutes later Smith took the qb-dive across the goalline from 1-yard out, once again putting the Titans on top, 20-14. PAT was good, scoreboard updated to 21-14.
White County looked to answer, but Blessed Trinity’s defense held and forced a punt with just under three minutes remaining in the half.
The Titans worked quickly through the air, and with just under 2-minutes remaining in the half they were scoring again, this time it was Greene carrying the ball to paydirt. Rather than go for the PAT, Smith lined up under center and passed to Rudolph for a 2-point conversion.
The clock was now working against White County, who trailed 29-14.
White County took the kickoff and with a good return the Warriors worked their way to the 26-yard line as the clock reached zero.
With six minutes remaining in the third, Greene once again showed off his wheels, sprinting into the end zone for another Blessed Trinity touchdown. PAT by Chauvin was good and Blessed Trinity led White County 36-14.
White County continued to fight, returning the kickoff to their own 23, then working their way across midfield and trying to get back into the game. Unfortunately it was now four-down territory for the Warriors and they were unable to convert and turned over on downs with four minutes remaining in the third.
The Titans put their workhorse in the stable and started feeding the football to Alex Poma, who followed BT’s Bohunk brothers, fighting downfield to the 2-yard line as time expired for the third.
From two yards out, Smith kept the football again and you guessed it – Chauvin hit the PAT. Blessed Trinity 43, White County 14. Following the kickoff, the Warriors threw the football into the hands of Titans defensive back Grayson Bolder (#87), who carried the ball 15-yards back into the end zone for another touchdown.
White County turns their focus to Chestatee (4-4, 0-2), traveling to Gainesville this Friday to take on the War Eagles.