8th grade Necks pick up 6th win vs. Gladewater

It came down to 12 yards-4 successful 2 point conversions-8 points, as the 8th grade Roughnecks get past Gladewater 38-36. In a tale of 2 halves, the Necks were unstoppable in the first half putting up 32 points. The 2nd half netting a 1 play scoring drive, and 2 drives that ended with costly turnovers, both in which the Bears capitalized on to keep the game close.

“A win is a win and I’ll take it all day long. I hope that our guys learned the lesson that when you have a chance to put your opponent away for good, you do it. We have been in some close games this year already, we were seasoned, and we did not panic when the moment began to shift against us. We made plays when we absolutely had to.”

White Oak’s ground game hammered the Gladewater defense as Dyllon Heist rushed for 259 yards on 28 carries. Landyn Grant toted the rock 11 times for 103 yards on the night. Heist tallied up 3 touchdown with 4 2 point conversions, while Grant found the endzone twice. Up front, Caden Tyner & Blake Robertson helped pave the way for the ground attack all night.

Defensively, Heist, along with Holden Hodges and Ethan Aycock played well all night. Late in the 2nd quarter Dalton Morgan stripped the ball away from the Gladewater running back that provided a crucial score for White Oak going into halftime.

White Oak (6-2, 4-1 in district) has next week off before playing at home in the final game of the season against Sabine.

8th Neck hang on against Mineola

The 8th grade Roughnecks found themselves in a nail biter Thursday, overcoming an early deficit to Mineola, and hanging on for a 34-30 win. Things started off a little slow as the defense gave up a score early in the first, but the offense got going with Dyllon Heist’s first of 3 rushing touchdowns on the night. After 1, Mineola had an 8-6 advantage. The 2nd quarter, White Oak put up two more scores with a Landyn Grant touchdown run, and then Grant found Dalton Morgan for a 45 yard touchdown strike. The Necks had a 20-16 halftime lead. Things were back and forth in the 2nd half, but White Oak had a good break when Aven Whittington’s onside kick was recovered by Noah Carter.

On the defensive side of the ball, Adrian Mumphrey and Caden Tyner played well on opposite sides of the defense at defensive end. Jesse Pratt had 2 pass breakups, and Noah Carter forced a fumble.

Late in the 4th, Mitchell Carter had to spell Heist due to leg cramps and helped moved the chains.¬†The game’s final play ended with the Roughnecks stopped the Mineola running back for a minimal gain. The Roughnecks move to 5-2 on the year with a 3-1 district record. They travel to Gladewater next Thursday.