The White Co. Warriors baseball team managed just three hits in a 7-4 loss to Clarke Central on Friday, March 6, in Cleveland.
The Warriors (4-6) were led at the plate by Riley Norton, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double on the day as the only player to have a multi-hit game.
Norton’s double came in the bottom of the third inning with White Co. trailing 2-1.
After Billy Carder struck out to start the bottom half of the inning, Jake Johnson drew a walk and then stole second base. Dylan Sargent was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second as Norton stepped to the plate.
J. Ben Haynes came on as a courtesy runner for Sargent before Norton smacked a 2-2 pitch into left field. The line drive drove in Johnson and Haynes and put White Co. up 3-2.
Clarke Central answered two innings later with a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3, before blowing things open in the top of the sixth with four runs to go up 7-3.
White Co. managed to add a run in the bottom of the sixth when Blake Kelley scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball hit by Sargent, putting the score at 7-4.
That was all the Warriors could muster in the inning as they left two runners stranded.
Johnson finished the night 1-for-1 with two runs scored and three walks, while Sargent added an RBI, and Riley Higgins drew to walks for the Warriors.
White Co. is next slated to visit Riverside Military Academy at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 9.
The six players named TeamFYNSports Player of the Week during White Co.’s 2019 football season were recognized Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the high school. Each player received a commemorative shirt and a gift certificate for a free meal.
The Players of the Week were:
Week 1: Zion McMullen. The sophomore running back scored three touchdowns in a win against Lumpkin Co. on Aug. 30 at home.
Week 2: J. Ben Haynes. The junior quarterback accounted for two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns in a loss at Habersham Central on Sept. 6.
Week 3: Jesse Moose. The junior defensive player had an 80-yard fumble returned in a win against Pickens on Sept. 13 at home.
Week 4: J. Ben Haynes. The quarterback threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to go along with three rushing touchdowns in a win at North Hall on Sept. 20.
Week 5: Jesse Moose. The junior had multiple sacks and tackles for loss to go along with a fumble recovery in a loss at Marist on Sept. 27.
Week 6: Will Sampson. The senior wide receiver had multiple catches and a receiving touchdown in a loss at Flowery Branch on Oct. 4.
Week 7: J. Ben Haynes. The quarterback accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing and two passing) in a win against West Hall at home Oct. 18.
Week 8: Cooper Turner. The junior caught two touchdown passes in a loss to Denmark at home Oct. 25.
Week 9: Riley Stancil. The junior running back scored a rushing touchdown and caught a touchdown in a win at Chestatee on Nov. 11.
Week 10: Cooper Turner. The junior had more than 100 yards receiving in a loss to Blessed Trinity at home Nov. 8.
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Bentley Cronic is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Warriors!
Cronic, a senior guard who is committed to play at Piedmont College next season, scored in double digits in three wins for White Co. (6-5, 2-1 Region 7-AAAA) last week.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Cronic scored a team-high 22 points as the Lady Warriors earned a big region victory at West Hall, 79-44.
She followed that by scoring 12 points, pulling down two rebounds, and adding an assist and steal in a 59-39 win against Class 6A’s Habersham Central on Friday, Dec. 13, in Cleveland.
The next day, Cronic scored 14 points, added three steals and an assist, as the Lady Warriors defeated Dawson Co. 64-56 in the North Georgia High School Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Dawsonville.
For her efforts, Cronic is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Warriors!
Jadon Yeh is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Warriors!
Yeh, a freshman guard, had double-digit scoring in both games for White Co. (5-5, 0-2 Region 7-AAAA) last week as the Warriors won two straight.
On Friday, Dec. 13, Yeh scored 13 points as White Co. took down Class 6A’s Habersham Central 67-46 in Cleveland.
The next day in the North Georgia High School Showcase in Dawsonville, Yeh scored 11 points as the Warriors defeated Riverside Military Academy 58-46.
For his efforts, Yeh is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Warriors!
Maddie Futch is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Warriors!
Futch, a junior, led White Co. (3-5, 1-1 Region 7-AAAA) to the first region win of the season Tuesday, Dec. 3, against Blessed Trinity in Cleveland.
Futch scored 11 points, pulled down four rebounds, added an assist, a steal, and a taken charge in the Lady Warriors’ 53-38 victory.
On Friday, Dec. 6, Futch led the team with 15 points, while added six rebounds and a steal, in a 59-44 loss on the road at Marist.
White Co. next visits West Hall beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, before hosting Habersham Central at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13.
For her efforts, Maddie Futch is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Warriors!
To be considered for the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week, a player must play in all games the team plays during that week and must not have any unsportsmanlike conduct (ejections, etc.). Stats considered for Player of the Week run from Monday through Saturday, with Player of the Week being selected Sunday each week.
Silas Mulligan is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Warriors!
Mulligan scored 15 points in the White Co. boys basketball team’s only win last week, a 58-46 defeat of Union Co.
Mulligan is a sophomore shooting guard who stands 6-foot tall and weighs 170 pounds.
The Warriors are 3-3 on the season and next host Blessed Trinity to open the Region 7-4A schedule.
For his efforts, Mulligan is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Warriors!
Dasha Cannon is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Warriors!
Cannon, a junior, put on a show last week, averaging 22 points game for the White Co. girls basketball team.
Against South Forsyth on Saturday, Nov. 23, Cannon scored 25 points to go along with seven rebounds, an assist, and two steals.
Against North Hall on Monday, Nov. 25, Cannon poured in 19 points and added four rebounds, three steals, and a charge.
Against Union Co. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, Cannon scored another 21 points to go with two rebounds, an assist, six steals, a blocked shot, and a charge.
For her efforts, Cannon is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lady Warriors!
In what was a tale of two halves, the White County Warriors lost a close game to the Habersham Central Raiders 42-28
Coming into tonight’s game, the Warriors had plenty of momentum as they had just dominated Lumpkin a week prior. On the other hand, Habersham had lost two straight games to open their season and were in desperate need of a win. The last three times these teams had played, they were all close games that went down to the wire. Tonight’s game was no different.
In the first half, the game was completely in the Raiders’ control. They scored on their first offensive drive with relative ease, as QB Ryte Woodruff scored his first of two rushing touchdowns. The Warriors had no response, as the offensive line play was completely different from last week. The Raiders defense was completely overwhelming. Last week’s Player of the Week Zion McMullen was completely flustered early on. White County’s quarterback J. Ben Haynes had a hard time completing passes due to the defensive coverage, along with the fact that he was constantly pressured. The offensive line was completely lackadaisical early on in the first half, but that wasn’t the only problem for the Warriors.
Just like last week, the Warriors were constantly being held back by penalties. Any time they had any momentum going their way, they would be flagged for a false start or blocking in the back or other avoidable penalties. However there were some bright spots in the first half. Nix Burkett had a clutch interception halfway through the 2nd quarter to stop Habersham’s momentum, and fire up the Warriors. Also, the Warrior offense slowly began to gain ground on their drives. White County may have went into the half down 21-0, but they were not going to give up.
As the 2nd half began, the Warriors began to bring the fight to the Raiders.
White County began the 2nd half scoring touchdowns early. On their first offensive drive, Haynes fired a TD pass to Toby Turner to give the Warriors their first points of the game, making the score 21-7. Ryte Woodruff would score another TD for Habersham on the next possession, but that did not phase the Warriors. As a matter of fact, it may have fired them up even more.
The Warriors were in complete control for close to 12 minutes of game time. A big factor in this was a personnel change made at the half. Riley Stancil took over for Zion as the lead runningback, and brought new life. He became an immediate threat in both the running and passing game. Haynes would score a rushing TD midway through the 3rd to bring the deficit to 13 (14-27). After another quick Habersham TD, the game was in the palm of the hand of J. Ben Haynes.
Haynes put in one of his best performances yet. He threw another passing TD, this one to Nix Burkett, once again bringing the deficit to 13 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. White County’s special teams would convert a successful onside kick, their second of the game, to increase their momentum. Haynes would then lead the Warriors on an increasingly up and down drive. As the fourth quarter progressed, Haynes converted three 4th downs on the same drive to keep their chances alive. His final 4th down conversion would be a TD run at the goal line to bring the deficit to six.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, their good fortune would not last until the end of the game.
Even while the Warriors were dominating, they were still being held back by penalties. Multiple times, they had their momentum halted by penalties for illegal receivers (offensive linemen being more than 5 yards down field while blocking on a pass play). As for the Raiders, their next offensive drive would prove to be a game sealer. They drove down the field, and Jackson Clouatre scored a deflating TD. Habersham then converted a 2 point conversion to increase the lead to 14. Haynes led the Warriors on the field, but soon turned the ball over on downs after missing passes on 3rd and 4th down. On the next drive, the Warriors would make an impressive goal line stand, but they ran out of time in their comeback efforts.
White County played great tonight, even in defeat. As they play against the Pickens County Dragons next week, they will have to be more careful with their penalties if they have any hopes of winning. The Warriors lost twice against Pickens last season, including a loss in the first round of the playoffs. Can the Warriors gain another win before starting region play?
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The Dawson County Tigers are one possession away from a perfect season. Last Friday, September 15, West Hall, a 4A-Region 7 favorite, managed to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season, but it wasn’t easy. At the end of the first quarter Dawson held a 7-3 lead, but their early touchdown would be the only time the offense found paydirt for the rest of the night.
West Hall scored a touchdown before the half, and both defenses came out swinging for the fences in the third; holding each other scoreless for 15 minutes. The Tigers kicked a field goal in the fourth, forcing a tie; but West Hall’s kicker had enough leg and accuracy to put it away for the Spartans, 13-10.
Now 2-1 overall, with a 29-14 win over Chattooga (Summerville, GA) and a 9-0 skunking of 7A-Region 5’s Forsyth Central (Cumming, GA); the Tigers turn their attention to 4A-Region 7 White County (4-1), who is coming off a big 28-18 win over a very talented North Hall squad (3A Region 7). The last time these two teams met on the gridiron, the Tigers took the Warriors to the woodshed, winning 46-0. This year’s contest will most likely be much more competitive as both teams bring solid talent and experience on both sides of the football.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm in Cleveland, Ga.
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