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.┬áThe 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.

8th Necks get blanked by West Rusk

Sometimes, you prepare for your opponent. You know exactly what they are going to do. Sometimes it comes down to execution & physical play. For the 8th grade Necks, these things were non existent last night. West Rusk took advantage of missed opportunities from our boys, coming out on top 34-0.White Oak goes to 2-1 in district and 4-2 overall.

Offensively, the Roughnecks were able to put together some decent drives, but miscues and penalties keep them out of the endzone. Dyllon Heist was held to under 100 yards for the first time all season. Landyn Grant and the receiving corp were also limited to just under 100 yards on the night.

On the defensive side of the ball, Heist finished the night with 15 tackles.

“Their physicalness on both sides of the ball was something we had not seen this year. It’s hard to simulate something like that in practice all week. That was the biggest factor tonight. We have no choice but to get back to work and prepare for the next game, because it is coming.”

White Oak will be at home next Thursday against Mineola.

8th grade Necks escape with win

The 8th grade Roughnecks improve to 4-1 (2-0 district) on the year with a narrow win over Winnsboro last night 38-30. Big plays coming from both side last night as the game somewhat resembled a track meet with quick scoring from both White Oak and Winnsboro. The Necks found themselves down at halftime 16-12 but erupted offensively in the 2nd half-lead by Dyllon Heist’s 257 rushing yards and 3 scores. Heist ran through the Winnsboro defense like a hot knife through butter. The tush-hogs up front led by Gavin Jones and Blake Robertson helped pave the way for the performance.

Landyn Grant had a great night with 112 yards passing and 88 yards rushing to go along with his 2 rushing TD’s and 1 pass TD. Dalton Morgan was on the end of Grant’s passing TD as the play broke down, Grant scrambled to the left and Morgan found his way into the endzone as Grant heaved a 45 yard bomb.

For the defense, with the type of offense Winnsboro likes to run, you gotta have 1 stop a half in order to put yourself in a good spot. Make this type of offense throw the ball-which is something they aren’t use to doing. As was the case last night. The Roughneck defense had a key stop in the first half with Noah Carter intercepting a pass with 2 minutes left in the half. In the 2nd half, each team kept trading blows like 2 boxers in a heavyweight fight. But in the end, Carter found himself intercepting the Radier quarterback again, sealing the win for the Roughnecks.

“We needed a game like this-a slugfest that made us play for 4 quarters. In the end we are a better team because of it.”

White Oak travels to New London next week to play West Rusk.