Bulldogs expect tough test from Rams


White Hall was able to stick with Camden Fairview for one half before the Cardinals ran away with a 47-8 victory last week.

It was the Bulldogs (3-1) first loss of the year and they will have to rebound this week against Hot Springs Lakeside in order to avoid a 1-2 start in the 5A-South Conference.

The Hot Springs Lakeside game is also sandwiched in between Camden Fairview, which is ranked No. 2 in 5A, and Watson Chapel for the Bulldogs.

But the Rams (3-2) are not a team for White Hall to look past since they beat the Bulldogs the last two years.

“They are very well coached and do a good job of getting the most out of their kids and they try and take away what you do best,” White Hall coach Mike Vaughn said. “We expect it to be a very good game.”

White Hall is going into the game without two of its better starters on defense – end Austin Berry and cornerback Shuquan Walls. Both players suffered a concussion in the first half of last week’s game against Camden Fairview.

Vaughn said it will only be a one week thing without those two players.

“They will be fine and it’s a mandatory five-day layoff,” he said. “They saw the doctor and it’s precautionary. So many things can happen with concussions, so we try and be as safe as possible.”

Trey Adams will see most of the snaps in place of Walls and Irvin Tisdale and Landon Clark will switch out at defensive end.

“Trey will do a good job for us, I have no doubt about that,” Vaughn said. “Irvin and Landon will play some. Just one of those situations that we have to overcome.”

The Bulldogs are getting one player back that could help the secondary. Kirk Baugh returned from a broken collarbone that he suffered in the preseason scrimmage and played a quarter against Camden Fairview last week.

Vaughn said Baugh has been practicing at safety during the week.

“He’s a backup, but we have got to get him ready because we know down the road he has to play for us because he is too good of an athlete,” he said.

Vaughn wants to make the running game the focal part of White Hall’s offense this week, especially with the two-headed attack of Tisdale and Kendrick Edgerson along with the fact that quarterback Terrance Warren is good on his feet.

Vaughn said he thought White Hall got away from the ground game.

“We have to be able to run the football and we feel we didn’t do that enough last week,” he said. “The offensive line did a really good job last week and we didn’t take advantage of that. If we do, that will enable us to throw the football.”

White Hall was able to gain more than 300 yards offensively last week, but penalties killed many of the Bulldogs’ drives.

“We just didn’t score any points and that’s a biggie and two things caused that,” Vaughn said. “Of course, Camden Fairview was number one and number two, we made major mistakes in penalties. Every time we go to drive going, we would shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties.”

White Hall will try and rebound against Hot Springs Lakeside at 7 p.m. on Friday.