White County’s win over North Hall leads night of surprises

Perhaps the biggest upset of the season in AAA was White County’s 21-7 win over No. 4 North Hall of Friday night.

White County found a way to stifle a North Hall offense that had run roughshod over the rest of Region 7. North Hall had scored 306 points in its first six games. But the Warriors were able to limit the Trojans to their lowest point total since last year’s 31-6 loss to St. Pius in the state playoffs. It marked White County’s first win over North Hall since 2010 and just the second victory over the Trojans in the last 20 meetings.

Part of it was strategy. White County added an extra linebacker to its defensive alignment in an attempt to counteract North Hall’s strong offensive line. As a result, White limited North Hall to 335 total yards and their powerful running attack to 285.

Part of it was execution. White County ran for 225 yards, 80 on a touchdown run by Coley Loudermilk, and totaled 300 on offense. Quarterback A.J. Vandiver threw touchdown passes to Tucker Cook and Dalton Whitfield for White County.

The win puts White County in position to finish second in the region. The Warriors have already been beaten by Buford, but could secure a first-round playoff game by running the table against Dawson County, West Hall and Banks County. Dawson and West Hall are the other two primary contenders.

North Hall wasn’t the only ranked team to lose on Friday night. No. 8 North Oconee lost to Elbert County 28-23, while No. 9 Cedar Grove was beaten by No. 7 St. Pius 38-12.

Elbert quarterback Mecole Hardman ran for two touchdowns and Tra Barnett and Rantious Reed each scored one in the victory. But the deciding factor may have been Elbert’s defense, which limited North Oconee’s Kawon Bryant, the top rusher in AAA, to a season-low 142 yards and one touchdown. The Elbert defense recovered two fumbles and an interception.

St. Pius churned out 256 rushing yards and overcame a pair of turnovers to beat the Saints. After turning the ball over on their first possession, the Golden Lions scored on four of their next five times they had the ball. Dalton Wilson led St. Pius with 96 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Joey Connors tacked on two touchdowns.

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Jusfellofftheturniptruck

October 19th, 2013
8:23 am

Impressive win for white county. Surprised that coach christmas didn’t make some adjustments to account for xtra linebacker in the box. That said, looked like the difference in the game was white county’s passing success.

Mountain Man

October 19th, 2013
8:34 am

Coach Christmas and his staff was out coached last night. They did not know how to adjust to White County D. They were running the ball with a minute left. Is that what you do when you are down by 2 touchdown. Their best rec. was not on the field when they had the ball. They had one boy trying to be the hero and run it when it was time to pass the ball. The boys on the line do not know how to pass block. Coach get your self a D coach. You can see your D coach is doing the job. Great job white county.

kidsballcoach

October 19th, 2013
9:25 am

SPX defense was LIGHTS OUT! Incredibly prepared and coached. Haven’t seen CG’S numbers but am sure they are negative, especially upto through the 3rd qtr. GREAT JOB GOLDEN LIONS!

Son Of Waco

October 19th, 2013
9:46 am

How quick fans turn on their coach after a loss but you could see this coming a mile away… If you are a 95% run team how can you pass your way back into a game… That’s why WACO is not as strong as they were last year because we are to run heavy now after that Lovett game…

Boogiedawg

October 19th, 2013
4:32 pm

Cherokee Warriors knocked the Etowah Eagles from the unbeaten ranks as well. Good ole’ county rivals game. Warriors have had lot to be proud of this season. It has been a few years since they have had anything to celebrate. Always nice to be able to pull an upset of your long time enemies.
GO WARRIORS !!!

Keeping it 100

October 19th, 2013
5:05 pm

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Classic City Fan

October 20th, 2013
12:20 am

The deciding factor in the Elbert County/North Oconee game was actually a grown man with a flag that thought he was bigger than the moment. As Kawon Bryant scored the winning TD in the final minute of the game a phantom holding call appeared. You could call holding almost every play of a high school game. Not at that moment. There was no hold effecting the play. That was the deciding factor, for the record.

GreenNGold

October 20th, 2013
11:23 am

@Classic City Fan and whiner accept the loss and move on. Penalties are part of the game and sometimes a Ref wants one team to win over another. Check out the Georgia and ND games and tell me why ND didn’t get the same penalty yesterday for the same type of hit.