Offense usually scores all the points and get the glory-but the defense for the 8th grade Roughnecks stole the show last night in Tatum. Forcing 4 turnovers, and giving up less than 100 yards of offense, the Roughneck defense helped our boys go 1-0 in district play, defeating Tatum 18-0.
To open things up, Noah Carter reeled in a 55 yard touchdown pass from Landyn Grant to put White Oak up 6-0. The Necks capitalized on a forced fumble and recovery by Grant as Dyllon Heist scored in the 2nd quarter fro 8 yards out stretching the lead to 12-0. Heist finished the night with 15 carries for 89 yards. As the 1st half began to wind down, Tatum coughed up the ball again as Heist fell on in for the 2nd forced turnover of the night.
Holden Hodges, Gavin Jones, and Ethan Aycock kept lighting up Tatum ballcarriers all night and forced Tatum to punt back to the Roughnecks. White Oak marched down the field and Grant hit Kirkland Cobb on a bubble pass and Cobb found the endzone taking the lead for White Oak to 18-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Corbyn Fryant recovered the onside kick giving White Oak the ball yet again.
As the 4th quarter started, the Roughnecks slowed things down offensively, eventually had to punt it back to Tatum. With less than 3 min, Jesse Pratt drove the nail in the coffin as he intercepted a pass making it the 4th turnover for Tatum on the night. The Necks picked up a couple of first downs and eventually ran the clock out. The 8th grade Necks improve to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in district. They will take on Winnsboro next week and home.
There will be no practice on Wednesday due to early release.
After Pep Rally-Athletes put jerseys on shoulder pads and are released until 4:30pm
Team Meal & Get dressed-4:30pm / Load bus and pull out at 5:00pm
B-Game at 6:30pm
A-Game at 7:00pm
Monday & Tuesday-Practice until 5:15pm
Wednesday-Early release from school. Practice today is TBD.
Thursday-1st District game at Tatum. B Team game begins at 6:30pm. A Team plays right after at 7:00pm
Friday-Workout during the period only.
The 8th grade Roughnecks improve to 2-1 on the season with a drumming of Rains last night. After a slow start offensively, Landyn Grant found his way to the endzone with a 55 yard touchdown run. The play was a pass in which Grant saw the defense covering all options and tucked the ball away as he raced in for his first of 3 touchdowns on the night. The score and 2 point conversion by Grant put White Oak up 8-0 midway through the 2nd quarter. The defense stonewalled the Wildcat offense during the first half with great plays from Blake Robertson, Holden Hodges, and Dyllon Heist. With only 1 second left to play in the first half, Rains dropped back to heave one deep only to see Grant intercept the pass and return it 60 yards to put the Necks up 14-0 at the half.
Coming out in the 2nd half, the run game for White Oak was consistent all night and Heist marched his way for the Necks 3rd score on the night with a 45 yard run. The ensuing kickoff, Aven Whittington kicked a surprise onside and recovered his own kick. The Necks again began to march down the field and Grant once again found his way in the endzone with a quarterback keep around the right side. The Roughnecks stretched the lead out 26-0 and kept Rains out of the endzone for their next 2 possessions.
Overall tonight we did some great things. I thought the offensive line (Caleb Scott, JT McGrew, Gavin Jones, Dillon Jones, and Blake Robertson) established the line of scrimmage very well. We had a couple of drops from receivers, but can get those kinks worked out with more reps in practice. The defense tonight came out big pitching a shut out. I thought we tackled better and ran to the ball better than we have so far this year.
The Roughnecks quest for a district championship starts next week as they travel to Tatum on Thursday.
Monday and Tuesday-Practice until 5:30pm
Wednesday-Practice until 4:30pm
Thursday-Game at home vs. Rains
B team will combine with 7th grade and play at 4:30pm
A team game will begin after 7th grade A game around 6:15
Friday-Workout during period only
It looked like an old fight between Ali and Frazier as the Roughnecks battled rival Spring Hill Thursday night. Each team trading blows in the first half looking for an advantage-neither team backing down. In the end, Spring Hill came out on top 38-20. The Necks fought tooth and nail all night against a good Panther bunch.
Things kicked off with Dyllon Heist’s 25 yard scamper to the endzone to knot things up 6-6. After a forced turnover, White Oak answered against with Landyn Grant’s touchdown run, tacking on Heist’s 2 point conversion-putting White Oak up 14-6. The Panthers matched with another score knotting things up 14-14. After a long offensive drive, Grant found Dalton Morgan on a 50 yard fade route that put the Roughnecks up 20-14 with just a couple of minutes before half. However, Spring Hill found the endzone yet again with a deep fade ball of their own, plus a 2 point conversion to take a 22-20 halftime lead.
In the 2nd half, White Oak had some trouble getting into the endzone as the offense sputtered, and had crucial a turnover late in the 3rd quarter. Early in the 4th Spring Hill stretched the lead out to 18 as they crossed the goalline for the final time. Offensively for White Oak, Landyn Grant had a terrific game rushing, passing, & reading the defense in the RPO scheme. Dalton Morgan had 5 catches on the night for over 100 yards, and Heist rushed for 87 on the night. Caden Tyner stepped up on the OL for the Necks. Defensively, Holden Hodges & Blake Robertson both had good games. The loss puts the Roughnecks a 1-1 on the season.
White Oak will host Emory Rains next week for their 1st home game of the season.
When the pep rally ends at 3:30pm, 8th grade athletes will need to report back to the fieldhouse for team meal and to get ready for the game. We will leave at 4:15pm. The 8th grade B game will begin at 5:00pm on the side facing the video scoreboard. The A game will begin after the 7th grade A game around 7:15pm.
Monday & Tuesday-Practice until 5:15pm
Wednesday-Practice until 4:30pm
Thursday-Game at Spring Hill. B team plays at 5:00pm. A team plays at 7:15pm
Friday-Workout during the period only
Football season started off win a bang as the 8th grade Roughnecks defeated New Diana 30-8. Dyllon Heist kicked off the scorefest with a long touchdown run in the first quarter followed by Landyn Grant’s 2 point conversion. In the 2nd quarter Heist found the endzone again and Noah Carter caught the 2 point conversion pass from Grant.The Roughneck defense on the night was lead by Hodges’ 10 tackles. Ayden Beamer and Gavin Jones ate up the inside run game for New Diana causing numerous trainwrecks at the line of scrimmage.
The defense gave up a score in the 3rd, and then came up big when Luke Baker forced a fumble with Holden Hodges coming up with the recovery. On the ensuing drive, Landyn Grant scampered in the endzone to put the Roughneck up 22-8. The night was capped off by a sack, forced fumble, and recovery in the endzone all by Mitchell Carter. This put the game out of reach for the Eagles 30-8.
Overall, the Necks took a step forward on the season. They will face the rival Spring Hill Panthers next week at Panther Stadium.
Parent’s / Mom’s Club-
After school, all football players will have until 4:30pm to do what they need to do for school, food, personal, etc…..
They will need to back at the fieldhouse by 4:30pm for a pre game meal. We will be pulling out for New Diana at 5:00pm. We should be back after the game between 8:30-9:00pm.