WHITE HALL – After defeating Monticello last week in the Simmons First/Hootens.com Kickoff Week at Golden Lion Stadium, the White Hall Bulldogs have been using the extra time to focus on their special teams.
“We spent a full day and a half on special teams,” White Hall head coach Mike Vaughn said. “The extra time has definitely been helpful because we have been able to recuperate and practice at least two full days without injury.”
Vaughn hopes that the extra time has allowed the Bulldogs to correct the mistakes they made on special teams in the 36-14 win over Monticello.
“We don’t want to make as many bad mistakes on special teams,” Vaughn said. “I hope it shows some difference (today).”
The Bulldogs will host Little Rock Christian at 7 tonight at Bulldog Stadium.
“I think they are well coached and the kids play hard,” Vaughn said. “We thought they were impressive and are very disciplined.
“(Coach Jeff Weaver) does a great job and you can see that in the kids.”
Last week, Little Rock Christian quarterback Houston Angel threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in a 39-35 win over Hot Springs Lakeside.
Angel earned all-state honors last year after generating more than 1,000 total yards.
Weaver was named Little Rock Christian’s fourth head coach in school history following a two-month search. He succeeds Justin Kramer, whose teams went 16-24 in four years, including an 8-4 record and trip to the 2009 quarterfinals.
Weaver, a former Greenwood assistant, compiled a record of 24-26 in four seasons at Mena, leading the Bearcats to three straight playoff appearances for only the second time in school history.
Mena went 6-6 last season, including a win over 7-4A champion Arkadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.
The Bulldogs gave up just 14 points against Monticello and Vaughn said he hopes to see the same kind of performance tonight.
“I thought after the first quarter, our kids played really well,” Vaughn said. “Our kids played hard. Our front people and our secondary played really well.
“We are going to get better.”
Vaughn credited his assistant coaches and the job they do with the team’s defense.
“They do a great job for our defense,” Vaughn said. “They scheme well and their players are well disciplined.
“Hopefully, we will get better every week.”
In the win over Monticello, White Hall running back Kendrick Edgerson ran for 130 yards with three touchdowns.
“We know about Edge,” Vaughn said. “Everybody knows about Edge. He is a tremendous football player.”
Vaughn said Edgerson is an “intelligent and special football player.”
White Hall junior quarterback Kirk Baugh passed for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Last year, Little Rock Christian was leading White Hall 7-6 late in the first half in Week 2 when the game was cancelled (later ruled no contest) because of lightning.
White Hall made in the quarterfinals in the playoffs while Little Rock Christian finished with just three wins on the year.