WHITE HALL — For the first time under Mike Vaughn, who has been head coach since 2002, White Hall is 3-0 after defeating Sheridan 40-14 on rainy Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
“That is the most wonderful thing about this,” Vaughn said. “You always talk about mistakes and that kind of stuff but that is not important tonight.
“I can’t remember the last time we were 3-0.”
Sheridan (1-2) turned the ball over five times — all in the first half — which resulted in 21 points for the Bulldogs.
“Bless their hearts, they turned it over every time they had a shot,” Vaughn said. “I don’t care who you are, you can’t beat people when you do that.
“But on a night like this, it could happen to anybody.”
Trailing 6-0, Sheridan quarterback Dustin Reid was intercepted by Irvin Tisdale who returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. A successful 2-point conversion gave the Bulldogs the 14-0 lead.
“Our defense probably played the best they have all year,” Vaughn said. “After last Friday’s second half mistakes, they plugged the necessary holes tonight.”
On Sheridan’s next possession, a bad snap on fourth down gave White Hall a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line. On the very next play, Kendrick Edgerson ran it in to give White Hall a 20-0 lead with 1:05 left in the first quarter.
“They are a good football team, we give them a lot of credit,” Sheridan head coach Louis Campbell said. “They played well and they deserved to win.”
Following a missed field goal by White Hall, Sheridan turned the ball over on a fumble to set up a first-and-10 at the 25-yard line. Tisdale scored on the very next play and White Hall had a 27-0 lead with 6:55 left in the first half.
“Their defensive coordinator had a good game plan and they did all the right things,” Vaughn said. “We just had more speed and when we got loose, they couldn’t catch us.
“That’s going to stop. When we get into our league, all the guys are going to catch us.”
Tisdale, a senior, finished with 68 yards on eight carries with two touchdowns. He also had two catches for 34 yards and the defensive touchdown.
“He probably had his best ball game of his career,” Vaughn said. “He finally did what we thought he could do all along.”
For the third straight game, Edgerson had three touchdowns as he finished with 110 yards on 10 carries.
“Edge had a great ball game,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn said that the weather was a factor in Friday’s game plan as White Hall ran the ball more than it has the last two weeks.
“Normally, we would have thrown the ball 15 or more times,” Vaughn said. “But because of the weather, it got to the point where it was almost impossible.”
Quarterback Kirk Baugh was 2-for-4 with 34 yards and he had six carries for 35 yards. White Hall had 274 rushing yards in the win.
Junior Courtney Anderson, who plays cornerback for White Hall, finished with nine carries for 50 yards as he came in once White Hall had built a large lead.
“He is our true back-up running back behind Edge and Tisdale,” Vaughn said. “He’s got some talent. He’s quick and he runs hard and is hard to tackle.
“I was proud of him.”
Sheridan got the board in the second half when Braden Lunday ran in for a 1-yard touchdown. He finished the night with 61 yards on 15 carries.
When asked if the weather was a factor, Campbell said, “Those guys with the Bulldogs on their helmet was a factor.
“We weren’t able to execute and we gave up some big plays on defense.
“You can’t do that and expect to win.”
With 2:22 left in the fourth quarter, Sheridan’s Brockton Brown scored on a 4-yard touchdown run for the game’s final score. Brown had 16 yards on just two carries.
Reid finished 8-of-19 with 85 yards and the interception. Reid had three of Sheridan’s four fumbles. Brady Bibb had five catches for 70 yards.
“Sheridan came out playing hard again,” Vaughn said. “They played hard the whole ball game.
“You got to give Coach Campbell and his staff a lot of credit.”
White Hall will host Magnolia next week for its homecoming game. It finishes a four-week stretch of home games for the Bulldogs, dating back to the season opener against Monticello at Golden Lion Stadium.