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.