The White Hall football team has not played its first regular season game yet, and already the Bulldogs are dealing with a significant loss that shook up their offense.
After White Hall’s scrimmage against Malvern last Tuesday, it was discovered that sophomore starting quarterback Kirk Baugh broke his collarbone and will be out for the next four to five weeks.
The good news – senior Terrance Warren took about 30 percent of the snaps under center last year and will take over for Baugh, which includes tonight’s game against Hamburg at Golden Lion Stadium in the Hootens.com Kickoff Week game. The game will start at approximately 8 p.m.
“It puts you in a situation,” White Hall coach Mike Vaughn said. “It’s a difficult thing and we will have to overcome it.”
Baugh took most of the snaps during the scrimmage and Warren came in to run the goal-line set. Warren was set to play mostly at running back and wide receiver on offense and linebacker on defense, but now his focus shifts to the quarterback spot.
“He is a senior and knows the offense, no doubt about that,” Vaughn said. “It’s just the fact that he hasn’t had the chance to work at it as much as we would like. Terrance was doing a lot of things and Kirk had done all of the work until this happened.”
Warren will play a lot less on defense. On offense, junior Irvin Tisdale will be the full-time running back and sophomore Kendrick Edgerson becomes the backup.
Seniors Percy Arnold and Joseph Stewart will still be the first two options at wide receiver and Vaughn said he is going to keep White Hall’s spread offense as is.
“There is no plan to change anything,” he said. “We are going to roll on like we were, roll the dice and see what comes out. We doubled-up the workload for Terrance and he will do a great job.”
Tisdale showcased his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed during the scrimmage, and Vaughn expects him to take advantage of his expected increase in carries.
“It’s a bigger role than he would have had, and no doubt he will step up and do a good job,” he said.
The injury has not taken the focus off Hamburg, either. Even though the Lions, an 8-4A Conference team, have not won more than five games in a season since 2006, White Hall is not taking them lightly.
Vaughn said Hamburg is one of the most athletic teams White Hall will face this year.
“You can’t underestimate them in terms of size and speed, and they are going to take our best effort,” he said. “We just have to do our job and be fundamentally sound.”
Vaughn added that Hamburg only had one player who weighs less than 300 pounds on its offensive and defensive line. In comparison, White Hall averages about 250 pounds on the line and rotates about seven players at those positions.
While White Hall’s goal is to beat Hamburg and every opponent it faces this year, Vaughn is hoping the Bulldogs avoid an 0-3 start like last year, even though they made a run to the Class 5A semifinals.
“We don’t ever intend to get a slow start,” he said. “It’s important to get off to a good start. Just win every game and get better every week, that’s how we look at things.”