Despite a solid game from Tripp Nix, the Warriors fall to the Raiders

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After a solid win in Week 1 over North Hall, the Warriors defense failed to keep the Raiders off the board as Habersham Central won the game 42-28. QB Tripp Nix had the offense rolling, but it was the defense who failed to come up with stops to keep White County in the game. The Warrior’s secondary was getting scorched play after play as they allowed over 300 yards in the air. White County also racked up 114 penalty yards in this one.

Team Notes

Nix was the real bright spot for the Warriors on Friday night as he accounted for 81% of the yards by himself. Going 14/22 for 162 yards and adding 156 yards on 27 attempts and a TD on the ground, Nix was the MVP for the Warriors. Unfortunately, the defense allowed 496 total yards and failed to come up with the necessary second half stops. RB Noah Williams and Ryan Fowler were each able to pick up rushing TDs, while Caysen Duvall added a 78-yard punt return TD.

Habersham Central was rolling all game and the Warriors had no answer. The key to their win on Friday night was their second half defense as they held White County to just one TD in the half. Neither Maxpreps nor Hudl had individual stats posted for Habersham Central.

Look Ahead

The Warriors will return home for a matchup against the Chestatee War Eagles (0-1). The War Eagles defense allowed 61 points in their first matchup so look for Tripp Nix to have another big game on Friday night. For the Raiders they will take their win into a Bye Week as they prepare to host the Central Gwinnett Black Knights (2-0) on 09/09.

Warriors top Lumpkin Co. in extra innings

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The White Co. Warriors defeated the Lumpkin Co. Indians 15-12 in 10 innings on Wednesday night in Dahlonega. Senior J Ben Haynes hit a triple in the top of the 10th inning that drove in two runs to help his team get the win.

Sophomore Kyler Mayo hitting the first of his 2 RBI doubles in the game.

Haynes had 4 RBIs in the game, two of which came on sacrifice flyballs that were nearly home runs.

After the Indians scored a run in the first inning, White Co. scored seven straight runs across the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings to jump out to an early lead. Senior Evan Chambers drove in two of those runs on a single in the 4th inning.

With the game seemingly over, Lumpkin Co. scored seven runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 10-8 lead. Scooter Ligon hit a 2-run RBI single to give the Indians the lead.

In the top of the 7th, freshman Ryan Fowler stole home off of an error on a pickoff attempt to tie the game.

Tied at 12 heading into the 10th, Haynes’ heroics helped give White Co. the victory.

The two teams will meet again on Friday in Cleveland. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:55 p.m.

White Co. defeats Dawson Co. 76-48

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The White Co. Warriors defeated the Dawson Co. Tigers 76-48 in Cleveland on Friday night. White Co. dominated the first three quarters, allowing them to coast to victory in the fourth. They outplayed and outhustled Dawson Co. on both ends of the floor.

Sophomore Jadon Yeh sizes up fellow sophomore Jaden Gibson.

White Co. had five players score in double digits. Junior Silas Mulligan led the team with 24 points. Kenny Simpson scored 15 points, Jadon Yeh and Reece Dockery both had 12 points, and Cooper Turner scored 11.

After leading 41-21 at halftime, White Co. scored 28 points in the third quarter to seal the game. The Warriors shot the ball extremely well, hitting 11 three pointers in the game.

White Co. travels to play the Gilmer Bobcats on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Yeh’s heroics gives White Co. late victory

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The White Co. Warriors defeated the Dawson Co. Tigers 59-58 on Tuesday night in Dawsonville. Sophomore Jadon Yeh led the Warriors with 19 points. Junior Silas Mulligan also scored 17 points for the Warriors.

White Co. senior Cooper Turner defended by Dawson Co. senior Jake Craft.

Yeh did the majority of his scoring early, as he scored 14 points in the first half. He was in complete control of the game and led his team to a 36-30 halftime lead.

The Tigers fought back in the second half, led by seniors Joakeim Celestin and Jake Craft. Celestin scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, while Craft scored 8 of his 16 points in the second half. Their efforts allowed the Tigers to take a 58-56 lead late in the game.

With 25 second left in the game, the Warriors needed to force a turnover or foul. Great defensive pressure on the sideline forced Dawson Co. to throw the ball into the backcourt. However, Yeh swooped in and stole the inbound. He quickly spun and drove right to the rim for the layup and was fouled. Yeh hit the free throw to give the Warriors the lead and eventually the victory.

The Warriors next game will be this Thursday as they travel to Union Co. to take on the Panthers at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Warriors defeat Dawson Co. on the road

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The White Co. Lady Warriors defeated the Dawson Co. Lady Tigers 67-45 on Tuesday night in Dawsonville. White Co. was led in scoring by Naomi Roberts, who finished with 17 points. Caitlyn Gailey also scored 14 for the Lady Warriors. Freshman Morgan Chester led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 10 points.

White Co. turned up the pressure early and often, forcing plenty of turnovers that led to easy baskets. The fast paced game allowed for a high scoring first half, as the Lady Warriors led 37-27 at halftime.

That defensive pressure kept up in the second half as White Co. held Dawson Co. to only 18 points. The Lady Warriors scored 30 points in the second half to win the game 67-45 and get their first region win of the season.

White Co. plays again this Thursday as they travel to Union Co. to take on the Lady Panthers at 5 p.m.

White Co. shuts out West Hall in homecoming game

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The White Co. Warriors (5-2, 1-2 Region 7-3A) defeated the West Hall Spartans (2-5, 0-3 Region 7-3A) 35-0 in their homecoming game on Friday night. Junior Silas Mulligan ran for three touchdowns, and sophomore Darius Cannon had two interceptions to help the team dominate both sides of the ball.

Junior Zion McMullen celebrating the first White Co. touchdown of the night, which came on his 3-yard run.

The Spartans received the ball to start the game, but neither team scored on their first possession. Junior Zion McMullen opened the scoring with a big run that set up his 3-yard rushing touchdown to give White Co. a 7-0 lead. After getting the ball back from West Hall, the Warriors lost a fumble on a high snap that gave the Spartans excellent field position. Despite that, junior Bryson Cronic made a huge interception and returned it to the West Hall 30-yard line. This set up Mulligan’s first touchdown of the night, which came from 12 yards out.

To open the 2nd quarter, Cannon ended the Spartans’ possession early with an interception. Unfortunately, that drive was cut short by another fumble from White Co. After another interception by Cannon a few possessions later, neither team was able to move the ball well until late in the first half. After a 36- yard pass from senior Riley Stancil to fellow senior Cooper Turner, Mulligan ran in the touchdown to give the Warriors a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Junior Bryson Cronic returning his interception to the West Hall 30-yard line.

White Co. received the ball to open the second half. They weren’t able to score on the opening possession, but they put together two scoring drives on the following possessions. Mulligan’s 3rd touchdown of the night came on a 38-yard run halfway through the 3rd quarter. After forcing another 3 and out, Stancil had two big runs that set up his 5-yard touchdown run that increased their lead to 35-0. After getting another stop, the Warriors were able to run out the clock and seal the win.

The next White Co. game will be in two weeks when they host the Lumpkin Co. Indians on November 6th.

White Co. falls to North Hall in overtime

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The White Co. Warriors (4-2, 0-2 Region 7-3A) fell to the North Hall Trojans (3-3, 2-0 Region 7-3A) 34-31 in overtime at White Co. high school. The Warriors were led by sophomore Darius Cannon, who had three receiving touchdowns and well over 200 receiving yards on the night.

Sophomore Darius Cannon catching his first of three touchdowns on the night for the Warriors.

The Trojans received the ball to open the game but couldn’t get things started on the scoreboard. It was White Co. who struck first on a 29-yard field goal by senior Andrew Pierce to give the Warriors the lead halfway through the first quarter. White Co. was able to get another stop on the next possession, and then score on a 41-yard touchdown to Cannon on 3rd and 25. However, the Trojans responded with a big play of their own as they scored on a 64-yard screen pass.

White Co. held onto a 10-7 lead until North Hall scored on a 10-yard rushing touchdown halfway through the second quarter. The Warriors were able to respond with a solid drive. On 4th and 11, senior quarterback Riley Stancil found Cannon for a 35-yard gain that set up a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Stancil. The Trojans moved the ball down the field quickly on the ensuing possession to set up a 44-yard field goal that tied the game at 17 heading into halftime.

The Warriors received the ball to open the second half but quickly went three-and-out. North Hall used their run-heavy offense to take a huge chunk of time off of the clock on the next drive. They scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter.

Senior Riley Stancil running right through two defenders for the touchdown for the Warriors.

On the next Warriors’ possession, they faked a punt but couldn’t convert. However, the Trojans couldn’t capitalize on the favorable field position, as they missed a 53-yard field goal. White Co. quickly got momentum back on their side with a 73-yard touchdown on a screen pass to Cannon to tie the game at 24. The Trojans once again slowly drove down the field and set up an 8-yard touchdown to give them the lead with just over four minutes in the game. Cannon once again came up big for the Warriors. On the first play from scrimmage, he caught a pass in the middle of the field, bounced to the outside, and ran 77 yards for the touchdown to tie the game less than 20 seconds later. Both teams had another possession to take the lead, but neither was able to capitalize.

In overtime, the Warriors were stopped just short of the line on 4th down. The Trojans got the ball down to the goal line on their possession, but White Co. kept making stops. North Hall eventually chipped in the 18-yard field goal to win the game 34-31.

The Warriors have another home game next week as they host West Hall at 7:30 p.m.


White Co. sweeps North Hall to advance to Region 7-3A championship

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The White Co. Warriors swept the North Hall Trojans 2-0 to advance to the Region 7-3A championship. The top-seeded Warriors, who also hosted the tournament, won the first set 25-22 and the second set 25-15.

Senior Dasha Cannon spiking the ball.

Neither team was able to gain any separation in the first set, as the score was tight the entire way. Both teams had a few short runs, but North Hall held onto a 20-19 lead late in the set. White Co. had another run left in them and scored five straight to take a 24-20 lead. The Trojans fought back to win two more volleys, but the Warriors held on to win 25-22.

White Co. picked up right where they left off in the first set and raced out to a 6-0 lead. They extended that lead to 15-5 and eventually held on to win the second set 25-15 and win the match 2-0.

The Warriors moved on to face Lumpkin Co. in the region championship.

White Co. falls to Dawson Co. to open region play

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (2-3, 1-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the White Co. Warriors (4-1, 0-1 Region 7-3A) 42-35 on Friday night in Dawsonville. Despite the constant rain throughout the game, neither team struggled to make big plays.

Senior J Ben Haynes scrambling out of the pocket.

Backup quarterback Riley Stancil came into in the game in the middle of the third quarter and ran for two touchdowns for the Warriors. Sophomore Darius Cannon also made a number of big plays for White Co., including a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Both teams got off to slow starts to the game. Dawson Co. received the first possession, but the teams traded a pair of 3 and outs before a bad punt by White Co. gave the Tigers excellent starting field position. They capitalized on it quickly as Holtzclaw found Lane for a 34-yard touchdown to give Dawson Co. the first points of the game late in the first quarter. The teams traded 3 and outs again before senior J Ben Haynes found his receiver for a huge 48-yard gain. However, the Warriors couldn’t move the ball into the endzone and faked a field goal attempt that gave the ball back to Dawson Co.

The Tigers reversed the field quickly on a 74-yard run by Isaiah Grindle. Shortly after, Holtzclaw found junior Conley Dyer for a 21-yard touchdown to extend their lead early in the second quarter. White Co. found life on an 80-yard kick return by Cannon to start the drive in the redzone. However, the Warriors again couldn’t finish the drive with a touchdown as junior Braedon Hubbard intercepted a 4th down pass to get the ball back for the Tigers. Junior Riley Turner got the ball right back for the Warriors by intercepting a pass on the next drive. Cannon used the interception to score a 64-yard touchdown to get the Warriors on the board late in the first half. Dawson Co. was able to strike back quickly on a 63-yard touchdown to Sonnichsen less than a minute later. White Co. finally found life in their offense and continued that momentum. Cannon had another big play on a 32-yard reception that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Haynes that made the halftime score 21-14 in favor of the Tigers.

White Co. picked up right where they left off to start the second half. Senior Cooper Turner had a 38-yard reception that set up a 33-yard touchdown run by junior Silas Mulligan. The Warrior defense built off the touchdown as senior Jesse Moose intercepted a pass to get White Co. the ball back. With Haynes going down on the ensuing drive, Stancil stepped in and delivered the Warriors their first lead of the game on a 12-yard touchdown run. Dawson Co. fought back on the next drive, as Holtzclaw got the ball to his playmakers before eventually finding Lane for his second touchdown of the game. The Tigers’ defense stepped up this time as they set their offense up with great field position after a fake punt by White Co. Holtzclaw found Sonnichsen quickly for a 42-yard touchdown to get Dawson Co. the lead back late in the 3rd quarter.

Sophomore Darius Cannon after making a big play for the Warriors.

Mulligan started off the next Warriors’ drive with a 28-yard run to swing the momentum back to the Warriors. Stancil built off of the big play with a 19-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 35 early in the fourth quarter. Grindle returned the kickoff to midfield, but the Tigers couldn’t capitalize on the field position. They attempted a fake punt of their own, but a fumble gave White Co. excellent field position for their next drive. Mulligan powered his way through the Tigers’ defense to get his team down to the goal line. However, Dawson Co. was able to recover a fumble on the 3-yard line to swing the momentum back in their favor. The Tigers struggled to move the ball to begin the drive. Holtzclaw made two huge throws on third down. The first was a 17-yard pass to Sonnichsen to get his team some breathing room. The next was a pass to sophomore Jaden Gibson that turned into a 77-yard touchdown for the Tigers to give them the 42-35 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the game. White Co. reached deep into their back of tricks on the next drive. A double reverse set up a long run by Cannon to get White Co. past midfield. The Tiger defense stepped up one last time. After a sack on third down, Gibson sealed the game with an interception to get Dawson Co. possession of the ball and the victory.

White Co. plays next Friday as they host North Hall high school at 7:30 p.m.

White Co. defeats Dawson Co. on the road

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The White Co. Lady Warriors defeated the Dawson Co. Lady Tigers on Monday night in Dawsonville. Katelynn Palmer, Rachel Carter, Liana

#12 Liana O’Kelley up to bat in the Lady Warriors’ road victory on Monday night.

O’Kelley, and Gabby Whiddon scored runs for the Lady Warriors to lead them to a 4-1 victory. O’Kelley and Annika Vandiver combined to strikeout 13 Dawson Co. batters and held the Lady Tigers to only one run on three hits.

The Lady Warriors jumped out to an early lead by scoring two runs in the first inning. They scored two more in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. Dawson Co. scored a run in the bottom of the 6th inning to close the gap, but couldn’t score any more, as White Co. prevailed 4-0.

The Lady Warriors return to action tomorrow as they host Cherokee Bluff at 6 p.m.

White Co. defends home field, runs past North Hall 16-0

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#2 Rachel Carter round third for the Lady Warriors.

The White Co. Lady Warriors (2-2, 1-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the North Hall Lady Trojans (0-3, 0-1 Region 7-3A) 16-0 at home on Tuesday night. The Lady Warriors got off to a hot start, as they scored nine runs in the first and inning and seven runs in the second inning.

#12 Liana O’Kelley at the plate for the Lady Warriors.

White Co. also played great defense, as they let up only two hits in the game. The two pitchers for the Lady Warriors were #12 Liana O’Kelley and #9 Annika Vandiver.

The bats were hot all around for White Co. #2 Rachel Carter batted two for two in the game, and #13 Gabby Whiddon wrapped up the game with a grand slam in the bottom of the second inning. The Lady Warriors were dominant in all facets of the game.

The Lady Warriors play again on Thursday at Lumpkin Co. high school as they take on the Lady Indians (2-3, 0-0 Region 7-3A).

White Co. Warriors fall to West Hall Spartans 2-1

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The White Co. Warriors (1-2) lost 2-1 against the West Hall Spartans (3-0) on the road on Friday night. West Hall scored consecutive goals halfway through the first half, and White Co. couldn’t recover.

Ian Sanchez about to kick the ball.

The Spartans scored the first goal of the half with 19 minutes left. They followed that up with another goal less than a minute later. The Warriors were able to get onto the scoreboard for the first time late in the half. With 37 seconds left, #9 Andrew Pierce scored on a header to cut the Spartans’ lead to 2-1 at the half.

Despite neither team scoring in the second half, the game was competitive. West Hall went on to win 2-1.

White Co. plays again on Monday at home against Habersham Central (2-0) at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Warriors run through West Hall on the road

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The White Co. Lady Warriors (2-1-1) defeated the West Hall Lady Spartans (0-3) 10-0 on the road on Friday night. White Co. scored six goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half, ending the game early.

Hope Thomas keeping the ball away from a West Hall player.

The Lady Warriors had four goals in the first half, two of which came in the final five minutes. The first goal came on a free kick from #8 Ada Smith. The second came less than a minute later from #1 McKinley Jones who had a straight shot on the goal.

White Co. took care of things quickly in the second half, scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes, and three more in the next five minutes. #14 Alexis Pashkovets scored two of the final three goals, including the goal that sealed the 10-0 for the Lady Warriors.

White Co. plays again on Monday at home against Habersham Central (1-0) at 5:30 p.m.

Late run leads to White Co. win on the road against Lumpkin Co.

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The White Co. Warriors (11-11, 3-6 Region 7-4A) travelled to Lumpkin Co. and beat the Indians (8-13, 4-5 Region 7-AAA) 45-42 on Saturday night, Jan. 18. Will Sampson’s late lay-up was the winning score that propelled his team to victory.

Jadon Yeh led the Warriors in scoring with 14 points, while Will Sampson scored 10 points.

For the Indians, Jacob Cumbie scored a game-high 15 points, and Gus Faulkner had 11 points.

Jacob Cumbie sets up a play while being guarded by Cooper Turner.

The Warriors struck first by jumping out to a 7-2 lead quickly. The Indians responded well, and the game was tied at 11 at the end of the period.

The second quarter was just as tight as the first. A 7-0 run by Lumpkin Co. allowed them to take a narrow 20-19 lead into halftime.

White Co. started the second half by scoring the first six points. However, when Yeh got into foul trouble, Lumpkin Co. took advantage. They scored the next nine points and led 29-26 at the end of the quarter.

Will Sampson finishes the dunk.

The Warriors went on an 8-0 that stretched from the end of the third quarter until a few minutes into the fourth. Late in the game, junior Chandler Pulley drove into the lane and tied the game at 41 with a lay-up. The next play, Sampson hit a lay-up for the Warriors with 33 seconds left. Lumpkin Co. took their time on their next possession, but the ball was deflected. Before it went out of bounds, White Co. sophomore Silas Mulligan lunged for the ball and saved it in bounds to Yeh. Freshmen Jadon Yeh knocked down two free throws to seal the win for the Warriors.

The Warriors will play again on Friday as they host Chestatee high school.

The Indians next game is another home game on Tuesday against GAC.

White Co. defends their home court, defeats West Hall 55-44

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The White Co. Warriors defeated the visiting West Hall Spartans 55-44 on Friday Night. The Warriors sealed the win by scoring the final six points of the game. Silas Mulligan led the team in scoring with 16 points. Cooper Turner scored 14 points for the Warriors, and Jaden Yeh had 13 points.

Silas Mulligan drives in the lane.

The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead early in the first quarter. They scored the first five points of the game, and led 12-2 early on. The score at the end of the quarter was 18-9.

The Spartans fought back in the second quarter. They used a 12-2 run of their own in the middle of the quarter to close the gap. The Warriors held on to a 29-23 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was just as competitive as the first half was. The teams fought back and forth, and the Warriors led 39-32 heading into the final period.

Jaden Yeh sets up a play.

The game started to get physical in the fourth quarter. The Warriors scored 11 of their 16 points in the quarter at the free throw line. They also scored the final six points of the game as they won the game 55-44.

The Warriors play again tomorrow at Lumpkin Co. High School at 5:30 P.M.

White Co. uses big fourth quarter to defeat Riverside Military Academy

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White Co. (5-5, 0-2 Region 7-AAAA) defeated Riverside Military Academy on Saturday afternoon at Dawson Co. high school. The Warriors won their game in the North Georgia High School Showcase 58-46. They outscored the Eagles 17-6 in the final period. Silas Mulligan lead White Co. to the win with 22 points in the game, including 12 in the third quarter. Darius Cannon scored 12 for the Warriors, and Jadon Yeh had 11 points in the win.

Silas Mulligan at the free throw line.

The Warriors jumped out to the quick lead by getting up 11-5 halfway through the first quarter. Riverside’s defense stepped up to end the quarter, holding White Co. scoreless over the final few minutes. A 3-pointer late in the quarter cut the Warrior lead to 11-8 at the end of the period.

The second quarter was more back and forth with both teams battling hard. An 8-0 run by the Eagles in the middle of the period allowed them to take the lead. The Warriors responded and regained the lead, but another late 3-pointer gave Riverside the 24-22 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter was another dogfight, with the teams trading scores and trading leads. A late lay-up from the Warriors allowed them to take a 41-40 lead into the final period.

Jadon Yeh drives into the lane.

White Co. battled hard in the fourth quarter, and it paid off. Mulligan took charges on back-to-back plays, which epitomized their hustle and grit throughout the game. The Warriors ended the game on a 12-3 run to win the game 58-46.

The Warriors’ next game will be Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. as they travel to play at Chestatee high school.

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